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The first photo, a teaser trailer and poster have been released for the Buffalo-made film "A Quiet Place Part II" and although they look rather nondescript, they also seem to give us an important bit of information about the sequel. In the photo, the surviving members of the Abbott family – mother Evelyn (Emily Blunt) and her teen children Regan (Millicent Simmonds) and…

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Natalie Portman isn't like most actresses. That's for sure. She's a Harvard University graduate who once said – and seemed to mean – "I'd rather be smart than a movie star." That, of course, didn't stop her from winning – and probably deserving – an Oscar for "Black Swan." So there she was, a prestigious figure nabbed to announce the best director nominees for the Go…

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If you see one movie this holiday season, I highly recommend “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” starring Tom Hanks as Mister (Fred) Rogers. The film has a positive message about how people should be treated. I suggest you have a box of Kleenex handy as the film chronicles the life of a children’s TV host who seems just too good to be true. But I have it on good au…

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Guillermo del Toro needs you. The Academy Award-winning director is looking for extras for "Nightmare Alley," a 1940s remake to be filmed in Buffalo early next year. People of all ages and ethnicities are welcome to apply for paid background roles – pedestrians, drivers, patrons and more – in the Fox Searchlight Pictures film. The plan is for these scenes to be filme…

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If you’re watching a Christmas movie on television and think that picturesque small town looks a lot like East Aurora, chances are you’re right. With the recent premiere of “A Christmas Princess,” ION Television is now showing three locally made holiday movies, all from director Fred Olen Ray. In each, East Aurora has a starring role, with other localities in the mix. …

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It’s quiet – unnaturally quiet, considering the number of people in the room. Inside a nondescript building in Black Rock, about 20 people in soft-soled shoes and sneakers are standing by, not making a sound until they get the all clear. It would be fascinating to watch if not for the fear of making a noise yourself. So you stand silently among them. Out of the darkn…

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Some advice: I know movie theaters now are full of acclaimed movies crawling with big pedigrees but don't, for a minute, expect "The Aeronauts" to be inconsequential or boring. Yes, it's about 19th century British balloonists who set ascent records by going 8 miles up and virtually inventing meteorology in the process. The movie is far from a dusty history of science. I…

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The TCM Big Screen Classics film series returns for 2020 with 14 movies ranging from the fiercely enormous (“King Kong”) to the adorably small (“Babe”), two films directed by Steven Spielberg and eight movies celebrating notable anniversaries. Here’s a look at the full schedule with dates (times are to be announced). Locally, the movies will again be shown in Regal Elmw…

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Another locally made holiday film is getting national attention. “A Christmas Princess” premiered on ION Television over the weekend, showing off the small-town charm of East Aurora and a sophisticated elegance to the city of Buffalo. It will be repeated on Dec. 15, 21 and 23. It’s another film from director Fred Olen Ray who has shot multiple movies here including “…

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Money is the answer. But then one might sagely observe "isn't it always?" The winning question in this game of box office "Jeopardy" is "Why did Paul Thomas Anderson – arguably the most serious and formidable American filmmaker of his generation ("Boogie Nights," "There Will Be Blood," "Magnolia") – swoop down on a suddenly ambitious Adam Sandler to make, arguably, S…

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He’s been everywhere from Middle-earth to space. Add Buffalo to that list. Actor John Rhys-Davies, the star of such megahits as “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” is starring in “Prick’d," an independent movie currently filming in the area. In “Prick’d,” Rhys-Davies plays the Greek god Cupid who has grown frustrated with helping humans …

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Local theaters are getting into the holiday spirit with free or low-cost showings of Christmas movies over the next month. Kids favorites, family comedies, nostalgic cinema classics – you’re sure to find a showing below that scratches that holiday itch. A highlight of the season is the Aurora Theatre’s annual transformation into Whoville from “How the Grinch Stole Chris…

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Time is relative — on screen and off. In Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” an epic exploration of American crime and politics, time shifts suddenly, and often without warning. The result, however, is always the same: either violent death or guilt-ridden decay. Grim endings are often the case in Scorsese’s films, especially his 1990s and 2000s gangster dramas — “Goodfell…

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No one's saying "The Irishman" will be Martin Scorsese's final film. It won't even be the last film he makes with his oldest movie friend and other half in front of the camera, Robert De Niro. If you believe the internet, its movie websites list an upcoming murder drama both men are committed to. Not, however, a mob movie. That's why "The Irishman" could well have be…