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Here's a breakdown of the players in the new film "Captain Marvel." The story More than a decade before Tony Stark declared “I am Iron Man,” Earth suffers a secret invasion by a race of shapeshifters. The planet’s only hope? An alien warrior whose superhuman abilities and lost ties to humanity may just make her Earth’s Mightiest Hero - if she lives long enough. Co…

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Is this the most contentious Oscars in recent Academy Awards history? Consider: the Kevin Hart controversy, the quickly reversed decision to not air four awards during the telecast, and nominations for the entertaining but hardly stellar likes of “Green Book” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” — to say nothing of the short-lived Best Popular Film award. (Remember that?) But there …

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Bogart, Kubrick, Monty Python, Harry Potter and one of the first motion pictures to have sound are part of the diverse schedule for the 38th edition of Buffalo Films Seminars returning Jan. 29 to the Dipson Amherst Theatre (3500 Main St). The weekly film series takes place at 7 p.m. Tuesdays from Jan. 29 through May 7 (except for March 19) as part of the "Film Directors…

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"Thursday Night Terrors" is turning into the thing that wouldn't die - and that's a good thing. The sixth season of horror film series - created, curated and hosted by horror movie buff Peter Vullo - showcases five films from the 1980s starting with "Christine" on Jan. 24 in the Dipson Amherst Theatre (3500 Main St.). The movie has already proven to be so popular, a sec…

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If you are a movie-mad muggle, there’s a good chance you’ve seen every entry in the lengthy “Harry Potter” series. However, with eight big-screen adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s literary blockbusters about a young wizard, as well as two prequels, it’s easy to get confused. With “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald ” - a sequel to 2016’s financially successful if u…

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The 2018 Buffalo International Film Festival (BIFF) is all about options. Consider the numbers: 125 films from 22 countries over the course of five days (Oct. 4-8) at four venues in the city of Buffalo. It all adds up to one of the area’s biggest and boldest film fests, and a diverse mix of genres and styles. While there is no festival theme, exactly, a number of BIFF e…

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George Harrison would have marked his 75th birthday on Feb 25. Since the most esoteric and non-material of the Beatles died in 2001, we'll have to do the celebrating for him. And when it comes to Harrison, there is much to celebrate, for his is a gift that keeps on giving, a many-petaled lotus that reveals more the more closely it is observed. Here in Buffalo, the auspi…

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What do black people think about being black? Buffalo filmmaker Korey Green and producer Pete Johnson asked lots of people that question, most of them in Buffalo. The result is "The Blackness Project," an hourlong documentary in which African-Americans talk candidly about being black. The film will debut during Black History Month at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at Burchfield Pe…

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The new film “Winchester” is based on a true story about a gun heiress (played by Helen Mirren) who thinks she’s haunted by people killed by gun violence. To give the souls a home, she renovates a house, adding rooms on to it for years until her death. Today, the Winchester Mystery House is a National Historic Landmark in California where it is purported to be haunted. …

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The Buffalo-made film noir “The American Side” has its world premiere at 7 p.m. April 22 in the North Park Theatre. The indie mystery, filmed here in 2013, features a tangled plot involving a missing Nikola Tesla design, and has starring roles for iconic local backdrops including the mansion rooms of the Buffalo Club and Kleinhans Music Hall’s curving facade. The film, w…

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The Buffalo-made film noir “The American Side” has its world premiere at 7 p.m. April 22 in the North Park Theatre. The indie mystery, filmed here in 2013, features a tangled plot involving a missing Nikola Tesla design, and has starring roles for iconic local backdrops including the mansion rooms of the Buffalo Club and Kleinhans Music Hall’s curving facade. The film, w…

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When Iron Man and his band of merry do-gooders started smashing box office records at the multiplex with “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the clamor rang in the official start of the summer movie season. Between now and Labor Day, Hollywood will unleash a wave of sequels, remakes, reboots, comic-book adventures, high-concept comedies and the usual assortment of wannabe blockbust…

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A James Bond spoof, a spaghetti Western, the U.S. premiere of a Canadian horror film and vampires are but a smattering of the assorted films that will be shown as part of the seven-day Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival opening Friday held in the Dipson Eastern Hills Cinema. The diverse range of movies shows the festival’s continued growth from its original horror and…

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Zombies. Check. Blood and gore. Check. Halloween. Check. A red-carpet premiere. Check and done. Horror fans will get it all when the locally made film, “Within” premieres on Halloween night in the North Park Theatre. Directed by Niagara Falls native Ken Cosentino, “Within” is about five strangers – each with their own demons – hiding out in a farmhouse during a zombie…

Halloween hits the big screen this week, as locally produced horror films are being unveiled at both Hertel Avenue’s North Park Theatre and in the Palace Theatre in Hamburg. “A Grim Becoming” screens in the Palace Theatre (31 Buffalo St., Hamburg) at 11:59 p.m. Oct. 31, 3 p.m. Nov. 1 and at 1 p.m. Nov. 2. Shot around Western New York and featuring local talent and some ge…