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By Jeff Simon » Thursday, February 11, 2016

Maggie Smith cannot be stopped. But then who on earth would want her to be?At the age of 81, she is the star and drawing card of “The Lady in the Van,” which gives her the exact kind of flamboyant “old lady” role you hope actresses of her gifts can find at her age.And she’s no fool. She knows it. She has already... Read More

By Mark Sommer » Thursday, February 11, 2016

Schoolchildren in France are served meals that wouldn’t look out of place at Rue Franklin.Employees in Italy get eight weeks of paid vacation – and extra pay to enjoy them.College debt? Not in Slovenia, where even students from other countries enjoy free higher education.Oh, and in Finland, the best educational results... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, February 11, 2016

There is an OMG moment in the middle of Andrew Haigh’s “45 Years” that changes everything. You learn something you didn’t suspect. Everything afterward is colored by what you know. The rest of the film becomes a slow-burning fuse. You know that an explosion of some sort is more than possible.What you get instead is... Read More

By Samantha Christmann » Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Buffalo Film League, a digital media company, will make North Tonawanda’s historic Wurlitzer building its new media production and film consortium headquarters.The company is in the process of producing and distributing a feature documentary about the fall and rise of the Queen City called “Buffalo Hates You, Too: A... Read More

By Tim O'Shei » Thursday, February 4, 2016

The idea is enterprising: Take a legendary pop-culture phenomenon – “Star Trek” – and cull through 700 hours of content from 12 movies and six television series. Distill the best music and strongest imagery, match it by theme and meld it into a... Read More




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By Jeff Simon » Thursday, February 4, 2016

My favorite Janis Joplin moment on record is silly really – just a tiny sliver of her personality captured in a couple of seconds of recording time. It’s on her best record by far, the posthumous “Pearl.” She sings a little joke song she and a... Read More

By Christopher Schobert » Thursday, February 4, 2016

Say what you will about the ludicrously overextended James Franco, but never deny his ambition. What other young male actor would star in a re-creation of the sexually explicit deleted scenes from 1980’s “Cruising,” play himself in the “Veronica... Read More

By Bruce Andriatch » Tuesday, February 2, 2016

When The People v. O.J. Simpson starts its 10-week run at 10 p.m. Tuesday on FX, the country will be taken back to a week in 1994 that many will never forget. On June 12 of that year, Simpson's ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and an acquaintance of hers,... Read More

By Tim O'Shei » Monday, February 1, 2016

He’s like a professor, the revered and feared kind, the scholarly voice-of-God type. He speaks with a purpose but sprinkles in humor (you best catch it!) and questions (so you better listen up). A conversation with William Shatner is short on... Read More

By Christopher Schobert » Monday, February 1, 2016

It’s safe to say there was no other film in 2015 quite like Laurie Anderson’s emotionally profound, blisteringly intelligent “Heart of a Dog.” There won’t be in 2016, either, so the screening of this documentary by the “O Superman” musician... Read More

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