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By Jeff Simon » Saturday, May 28, 2016

So now you know my favorites among Western New York Films. How about a couple of the most ridiculous films that drag Western New York into their running time for no good reason? “Stiletto Dance” from 2001 wasn’t filmed here but it’s set here to warn the world about the dramatic and savage perils of the Russian... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Saturday, May 28, 2016

Some advice: Do not, for a second, underestimate the possibilities of “Marshall,” currently filming in Buffalo. It’s a hugely promising movie. We’re not talking about a purveyor of legendary junk and soft-core porn who developed an affection for filming in East Aurora – as happened recently; we’re talking about... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, May 26, 2016

“A Bigger Splash” is a triumph of flavor.Imagine a simple but always tasty dish – an omelette, say. And then imagine what a master chef and a creative sous chef might be able to do with it.The film is loosely based on Jacques Deray’s “La Piscine” (“The Swimming Pool”), a 1969 film starring Alain Delon,... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, May 26, 2016

In “Following the Equator,” Mark Twain wrote of encountering a library from which books by Jane Austen were entirely absent. “Just that one omission alone would make a fairly good library out of a library that hadn’t a book in it,” he concluded. To a friend, he once elaborated with brutal excess: “Every time I... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Monday, May 23, 2016

Not to worry. You’ll get another chance.If you missed the premiere of the energetically wacked-out AMC series “Preacher” on Sunday, it will be repeated this Sunday.And, as has become AMC’s savvy and helpful custom, you’ll see after the show the usual AMC post-mortem gabfest about the show so that the pump of... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, May 19, 2016

Something rather quietly wonderful is happening in the wretchedly titled movie “The Meddler.” The best and most important thing it does is continue a development begun in the Blythe Danner movie “I’ll See You In My Dreams.” Both movies give beautiful and wonderful 70-something actresses rich and lovable films... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, May 19, 2016

There is a moment in “The Nice Guys” where I decided to forgive the film for just about anything – any anachronistic ’80s film leering and foolishness, any unfunny cynicism, you name it. It’s like this: Ryan Gosling is a fellow whose precocious 13-year-old daughter tells him he is “the worst private eye in... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Friday, May 13, 2016

Here are a couple of things that “Money Monster” most definitely is NOT: 1. The cliched, TV-style hostage drama that it seems to be in the TV ads. Any reluctance to show this film to large squadrons of critics was foolish. The TV ads are efficient at selling its star value but bad at conveying all the things that... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, May 12, 2016

He wears night goggles in the car’s back seat and reads comic books by flashlight. There’s a reason for that. In that car, they can only travel by night. No matter how much of a sweet 8-year-old boy he is, daylight punishes his eyes. And too, he’s capable of shooting murderous rays of light through them. And causing... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, May 12, 2016

Genius is a lot of things. Discriminating is not one of them. It doesn’t care where it alights. Wealth, physical health, gender, race, sexuality, social position, geographic location and moral turpitude don’t really enter into its habitation. Genius just takes hold wherever it jolly well chooses and, when recognized... Read More

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