Thursday Night Terrors returns for a second season and Princess Mononoke returns to cinemas
Princess Mononoke © 1997 Studio Ghibli - ND
January sees the return of a popular horror film series and a screening of the latest from Woody Allen in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Remember to check with the North Park, the Screening Room, and other local venues for late-breaking schedule additions.
Thursday Night Terrors—They Live: Season No. 2 of this successful horror film screening series begins with a killer choice. John Carpenter’s textbook definition of a cult classic stars Roddy Piper (!) and Keith David. (7:30 p.m. on January 26 at the Dipson Amherst Theatre, 3500 Main St.; facebook.com/thursdaynightterrors)
Roycroft Film Society—The Man Who Knew Infinity: Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons gave two of 2016’s finest performances in The Man Who Knew Infinity. The biopic tells the story of mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. (4 p.m. on January 8 at Parkdale Elementary School, 141 Girard Ave., East Aurora; roycroftcampuscorp.com)
Fathom Events presents Princess Mononoke: Celebrate the birthday of the master filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki on January 5 and 9 with screenings of one of his greatest works, Princess Mononoke. It’s the twentieth anniversary for this Studio Ghibli gem about a girl raised by wolves, and happily, these screenings offer the choice of subtitled and dubbed versions. (The former is January 5, the latter January 9.) In addition, the screenings will feature a Miyazaki-directed music video never released in North America. For the full Fathom Events lineup, visit fathomevents.com. (English subtitled version: 7 p.m. on January 5; English dubbed version: 7 p.m. on January 9; at the Regal Elmwood Center, 2001 Elmwood Ave., and Regal Transit Center, 6707 Transit Rd., Williamsville; fathomevents.com)
Shaw Festival Film Series—Café Society: The Shaw series features a number of unique 2016 entries this month, highlighted by Woody Allen’s Café Society. The story of a young man working for his movie studio mogul in 1930s Los Angeles features a luminescent Kristen Stewart, a somewhat annoying Jesse Eisenberg, and a miscast but enjoyable Steve Carell. (3 p.m. on January 14 at the Shaw Festival Theatre, 10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada; shawfest.com)
Shea’s Free Family Film Series: A silent film—title to be announced—is the January 15 Family Film Series selection. As usual, tickets are available one week before screenings at the Shea’s Box Office and doors open one hour before show time. (2 p.m. on January 15 at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St.; sheas.org)
Old Chestnut Film Society—Sitting Pretty: Clifton Webb stars as the famous Lynn Belvedere in this 1948 comedy, also starring Maureen O’Hara and Robert Young. (7:30 p.m. on January 13 in the Community Room of the Phillip Sheridan School, 3200 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore; oldchestnut.com)
Christopher Schobert is a film critic for the Buffalo News and other outlets. Follow him on Twitter @FilmSwoon.