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By Scott Scanlon is an award-winning reporter who is editor of WNY Refresh, which focuses on health, fitness, nutrition and family matters. He is aware of the contradictions that may appear to come from writing pieces here and there about beer, wine and travel. He does so in moderation. Scott Scanlon » Sunday, September 25, 2016

In August 2013, local media reported that two kayaks tumbled over the Horseshoe Falls near Table Rock, on the Canadian side. Niagara Parks Police could find no trace of any bodies associated with the incident. Turns out the weighted kayaks were part of an elaborate, three-year plan by a team of the world’s top extreme... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Friday, September 23, 2016

Here’s a scene from the remake of “The Magnificent Seven” that you haven’t seen in every other Western: The Good Guys ride into town knowing they’re going to have to get into a quick shooting match with the slobby, nasty Bad Guys. The Good Guys are led by Denzel Washington in his first Western, playing a dude... Read More

By Christopher Schobert » Thursday, September 22, 2016

My goodness, “Storks” is a strange movie. It’s also a bad one, and a reminder that not all children’s films are created equally. For every “Inside Out” or “Finding Dory,” there is a “Storks.” The film is the latest 3-D animated entry from Warner Animation Group, the studio behind the delightful... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, September 22, 2016

There’s an OMG moment in John Krasinski’s affecting dramedy “The Hollars.” What you’re watching is director and star Krasinski shave the head of Margo Martindale, the 65-year-old actress who plays his mother in the film.Krasinski plays an aspiring graphic novelist in New York who returns to his small town home... Read More

By I have worked at the Buffalo News as an enterprise reporter, and as arts editor, for the past 17 years. Mark Sommer » Thursday, September 22, 2016

It’s hard not to think of the tragic crisis in Syria while watching the long marches of refugees through the countryside in “Come What May,” a dramatic World War II film based on the displacement of 8 million French citizens after the Germans invaded in May 1940.The film has its share of Nazi atrocities, but what’s... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, September 15, 2016

Eddie Murphy should have won the best supporting Oscar for his role in “Dreamgirls.”When he didn’t, there was no particular outcry at the depredations of fate for two reasons: 1) the winner was one of the great character actors in movies, the long-overdue Alan Arkin for “Little Miss Sunshine.” And 2), most... Read More

By I have worked at the Buffalo News as an enterprise reporter, and as arts editor, for the past 17 years. Mark Sommer » Thursday, September 15, 2016

It was probably only a matter of time before Oliver Stone turned his sights to Edward Snowden.The director is drawn to issues of American Empire, which makes the subject matter of “Snowden” made to order. Despite the unevenness that’s come to epitomize Stone’s work for years, this time he’s up to the task.Stone... Read More

By Kathleen Rizzo Young » Thursday, September 15, 2016

How excited was the audience to see “Bridget Jones’s Baby”? They applauded the prescreening cellphone piracy speech.Helen Fielding’s 1996 novel “Bridget Jones’s Diary” was a chick-lit sensation and fans prayed that the 2001 film would live up to the book. As Bridget would say, “just don’t muck it... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, September 15, 2016

My favorite moment in “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week” comes early when the Liverpool lads are having one of their delightful initial encounters with the press. John is sitting in front and, rather typically, talking a lot. Standing behind him and smoking is George. As John, the verbal one, drolly explicates Beatleness... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, September 8, 2016

If you insist, you can reduce the story of “Sully” to numbers. The legendary event took 208 seconds. That’s how long it took Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger to realize that an unforeseeable mid-air collision with a flock of geese had crippled both engines of his A320 Airbus and forced him to land U.S. Air... Read More

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