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The Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival is, uniquely, a two-part festival. After a successful series of screenings at the Amherst Dipson Theatre earlier in May, the second half runs Sunday through June 7 in the JCC’s Benderson Family Building Seller Theatre (2640 N. Forest Road, Getzville).The second session of the 30th annual festival starts with a screening at 5:3…

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In film festival terms, 30 years is not just impressive – it’s downright legendary. After all, festivals come and go with regularity. The Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival, on the other hand, is not going anywhere. As the 30th edition of the annual collection of film screenings proves, the BIJFF is just getting started. As with previous editions, this year’s festi…

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Two of the finest movies of the last two years, “A Most Violent Year” and “All Is Lost,” were directed by the same man: J.C. Chandor. But Chandor’s first success was 2011’s “Margin Call.” The Wall Street drama will screen at 7 p.m. on April 2 at the Burchfield Penney Arts Center, and will feature a discussion with Buffalo News arts editor Jeff Simon and Buffalo State prof…

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At times during the last few decades, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro have been neck-and-neck in the Disappointment Derby. Occasionally, however, both actors demonstrate why they have earned so much critical respect. Pacino’s latest, “Danny Collins,” could go either way. Here, he plays an aging ’70s rocker (!) whose life is transformed when he finds a 40-year-old, undelivere…

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Like “Doug Marrone” and “loyalty,” “Jennifer Aniston” and “Oscar buzz” don’t seem to belong in the same sentence. But against all odds, Aniston found herself in the Best Actress conversation for “Cake,” a dark drama about a physically and emotionally scarred woman living a solitary existence. Her failure to receive a nomination was indeed a surprise, but the chatter will s…