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I’m not quite sure how one of my favorite comedies got its name, but the title made me recall one of my favorite movie lines, even if I didn’t agree with it.No, not “I’ll have what she is having.”No, not “frankly my dear, I don’t give a... Read More

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Having lived through the murder trial of the century, the acquittal, the civil trial, the subsequent robbery and kidnapping arrest, multiple books and a just-completed miniseries, it would be understandable if America, not to mention Buffalo, didn’t... Read More

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... Read More

By Mark Sommer » Thursday, May 26, 2016

A brother and sister living in Palestine’s Gaza Strip dream of attaining musical success in “The Idol,” a sweet and sometimes rousing film that suffers from flat notes along the way.The film is set in two parts – in 2005, when we meet Mohammed (Kais Attalah), 10, and his sister Nour (Hiba Attalah), 12, and 2012,... Read More

By Christopher Schobert » Thursday, May 26, 2016

Question: Is the exhausting, utterly uninvolving “Alice Through the Looking Glass” somehow worse than Tim Burton’s execrable “Alice in Wonderland”? Answer: Probably. While the two are cinematically on par – that’s not a compliment –... Read More

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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... 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... Read More

By Toni Ruberto » Tuesday, May 24, 2016

When “Downton Abbey” ended its award-winning six-year run on PBS in January, fans wondered what was next for the cast and creator Julian Fellowes. The prolific Fellowes – who counts an Oscar and Emmys among his accomplishments – didn’t take... 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... Read More

By Toni Ruberto » Friday, May 20, 2016

The feature film "Marshall," which starts shooting in the area on Monday, has set another casting call - and this time you'll need to send in your measurements. To accommodate the smaller period wardrobe, the film is seeking males who wear a suit coat... Read More

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