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Hey Buffalo, we're going to need a bigger events center - or least more room for fans lining up to see actor Richard Dreyfuss. The Oscar-winning actor will be in Buffalo from May 18 to 20 at Nickel City Con, held in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. In addition to his general appearance at the convention, the weekend includes two special events with Dreyfuss: a que…

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After the village served as the setting for the 2015 filming of "A Prince for Christmas," East Aurora residents will get a chance to further appreciate their contributions at a free screening. Open to the public, the showing will take place at 1 p.m. Feb. 20 in Aurora Theatre (673 Main St., East Aurora). Originally titled "A Small Town Prince," the film began shooting in…

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If you were a teenager in the 1990s, you probably spent countless Saturdays watching Adam Sandler, David Spade, et al. on “Saturday Night Live.” No one dominated those days more than Chris Farley, whose legendary character skits – motivational speaker Matt Foley, the Chippendales audition, “The Chris Farley Show” with guest Paul McCartney – rank among the show’s most memor…

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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…

Thursdays will be Tom Hanks movie night this summer at the Riviera Theatre and Performing Arts Center in North Tonawanda.Beginning July 9, with “Saving Private Ryan,” and running through Sept. 3, with “Forrest Gump,” the M&T Bank Summer Film Series will present nine movies featuring Hanks. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. weekly and tickets are $3 each; a series pass is $24 for all n…

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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…

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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Yes, “Game of Thrones” returns on April 12, and yes, everyone who is not a member of the “King Joffrey Appreciation Society” is excited. But one does not need to stay home to watch. The Tralf Music Hall is hosting a season five watch party, and admission is free.Doors open at 7 p.m., with a showing of the Season Four finale at 7:30 p.m. A beer tasting, featuring Ommegang’s…

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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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Can a film screening bring thoughts of spring? Perhaps, if that film is a frothy musical. The Historic Palace Theatre in Lockport continues its monthly Movie Musical Tuesday series this week with the 1969 Barbara Streisand-Walter Matthau film “Hello Dolly,” the much-loved tale of matchmaker Dolly Levi. The film screens at 1 and 7 p.m. March 17. A tad more dramatic than “D…

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The career of actor John Slattery (“Mad Men”) continues to fascinate. In many ways, his Roger Sterling is the show’s most memorable, endlessly entertaining character. “Mad” returns for its end run in April, but before then, you can see Slattery in “Bluebird,” the next installment in the North Park Theatre’s New York Film Critics Series. Scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Feb. 24, th…

You might not be planning a jaunt to the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood for the 87th Academy Awards on Feb. 22, but that does not mean you can’t join in on the fun. Outside of your own abode, I mean. The Shea’s Performing Arts Center Spotlight Committee presents its 21st annual Red Carpet Movie Awards Viewing Party at the Protocol Restaurant (6766 Transit Road, Williamsville)…

If seeing “Fifty Shades of Grey” on Valentine’s Day seems a bit much, a number of other romance-tinged screening options are on tap on Feb. 13 and 14. The University at Buffalo Center for the Arts has partnered with Beechwood Continuing Care for a fascinating screening at 1 p.m. Feb. 14. “The Age of Love” is a new documentary set against the backdrop of a speed dating eve…