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If you’ve always wanted to be in a movie, this could be your big break. The producers of the film “Marshall” about the life of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, which is being filmed in Buffalo, are casting extras. The tentative dates for filming are May 24 to June 25. The film is period piece set in 1940, about the early legal career of Marshall, the first Africa…

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The Oscar nominations were unveiled Thursday morning, and readers now can narrow down their choice before the award ceremony on Feb. 28. Here is a look at the best picture nominations, followed by the full list of nominations. *"The Revenant" Jeff Simon's rating: 3 stars [Read his review] ------------------- *"Bridge of Spies" Simon's rating: 3.5 stars [Read his r…

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On Wednesday, movie-goers will have a rare opportunity to travel back in time and into the future - at the same time. In honor of "Back to the Future Day," theaters across the country will be reserving screens to show the three blockbuster films that introduced Marty McFly, Doc Brown, Biff, the flux capacitor and the expression "Why don't you make like a tree and get out …

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When you are considering fun ideas that are free, don’t forget about your local library. They are generally more than just an endless supply of books and imagination. We found free fun ideas in a few communities. All of the events take place on Oct. 12. Let your kids go batty at 6:30 p.m. for Batphile. This free event will be held at the Aurora Town Library (550 Main St.,…

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The Cultivate Cinema Circle has become a cinephile must-attend in only a few months, screening such classics as Jean-Luc Godard’s “Contempt” and Satyajit Ray’s “Apu Trilogy.” For its fall season, Cultivate has chosen to honor French New Wave icon Agnes Varda, a wonderfully fitting figure for a season-long focus. First up is 1962’s stunning “Cléo from 5 to 7.” Varda’s sec…

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It rained during the first weekend of the Toronto International Film Festival. And then it rained some more, soaking the long, long lines of ticket holders and celeb-watchers on the streets of TO. But amid the raindrops were a number of stunning films. There was even one next-level, hallucinatory masterpiece -- more on that in a moment. While many of the festival's early…

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Going out or staying in? Doesn't matter. News Arts Editor Jeff Simon has tips for how to enjoy the weekend. 1. Live Jazz. The Masten Jazz Festival – Free music from 3 to 8 pm. Saturday featuring the group of Bobby Watson and Curtis Lundy as well as local jazz groups on the South Side Lawn of the Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway. 2. Movie. “Southpaw.” Well…

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There are a number of opportunities to see outdoor films this summer, and two unique locations are at Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park and Island Park in Williamsville. Ironically, this week both locales offer an opportunity to enjoy Disney’s super-fun superhero film “Big Hero 6.” Baymax hits the screen at dusk July 17 at Island Park and 8:50 p.m. July 19 at Chestnut R…

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The Syfy channel’s original programming – scripted series, creative reality competitions and those crazy movies – have never been known for their restraint. The network’s newest original series, “Killjoys,” premiering at 9 p.m. Friday, never got that memo and in this case, it’s a good thing. In a planetary system called the Quad (a planet with three moons), the Killjoys a…

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If you start to sweat uncomfortably when thinking about conversation during a fancy dinner, here's an alternative in downtown Buffalo. Bacchus' 2015 Summer Film Series will provide plenty of welcome distractions or conversation starters, as you can mimic "blue steel," chuckle at Farva's antics or hang out with guys named Iceman, Maverick and Goose. Reservations at the re…

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While I personally prefer the first three films directed by Wes Anderson — “Bottle Rocket,” “Rushmore” and “The Royal Tenenbaums” — it is hard to argue against his recent output. In 2009, 2012, and 2014, respectively, he released “The Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “Moonrise Kingdom” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” and all three rank among his most interesting creations. The Oscar-n…

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The Kurt Cobain documentary “Montage of Heck” drew wide acclaim and publicity before and after its debut on HBO in early May, but another documentary about the tragic life of a musical genius also deserves some attention. Amherst’s Screening Room presents “Elliott Smith: Heaven Adores You” for two showings this month. This sad, insightful film is essential viewing for any…

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"The D-Train": Starring Kathryn Hahn, James Marsden, Jack Black and Jeffrey Tambor. Directed by Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul. The head of a high school reunion committee travels to Los Angeles to track down the most popular guy from his graduating class and convince him to go to the reunion. 97 minutes. (Rated R for strong sexual material, nudity, language and drug use.) J…

The music that came out of the Washington, D.C. punk scene of the 1980s is as forceful and bold today as ever before. Bands like Bad Brains, Fugazi and Minor Threat still influence, and they still sound fresh. So the documentary “Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, D.C. (1980-90)” sounds like essential viewing. Directed by Scott Crawford and Jim Saah, “Salad Days”…

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1) Cirque de la Lune, 8 p.m. Saturday in the Dnipro Ukrainian Center (562 Genesee St.). Admission is free, and there will be adult beverages, cotton candy, popcorn and The Black Market Food Truck's fare for purchase. Commentary: Benefiting Emerging Leaders in the Arts Buffalo -- also the presenters of City of Night -- this "Circus of the Moon" is described as a "seduction…