Cultivate Cinema Circle highlights the debuts of female filmmakers, and Terrors plans an Escape
Mary and the Witch’s Flower
courtesy of Fathom Events
This month’s print edition of “Coming Attractions” highlighted standout cinema-related moments in 2017. But that does not mean there are no screenings in January. Here is an abbreviated rundown.
River of Grass, presented by Cultivate Cinema Circle: CCC’s year-long Women Direct: First Films By Modern Visionary Filmmakers series opens with a gem. River of Grass is the debut feature from Kelly Reichardt, who has since gone on to modern classics like Wendy and Lucy and Certain Women. River is about a bored housewife in suburban Florida. Beyond Boundaries Film and Discussion Series curator Meg Knowles will introduce the 1994 film. (7 p.m. on January 11 at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 341 Delaware Ave.; cultivatecinemacircle.com)
Thursday Night Terrors—Escape From New York: This,my friends, is a biggie. Terrors’ spring season begins with John Carpenter’s hugely entertaining action flick Escape From New York. It’s not a horror film, but the film’s everything-but-the-kitchen-sink aesthetic is a good fit for the series. Kurt Russell stars. (7:30 p.m. on January 25 at the Dipson Amherst Theatre, 3500 Main St.; facebook.com/thursdaynightterrors)
Buffalo Film Seminars: Mervyn LeRoy’s Gold Diggers of 1933 kicks off the latest Seminars season. The pre-Code musical choreographed by Busby Berkeley stars Warren William, Joan Blondell, Dick Powell, and Ginger Rogers. (7 p.m. on January 29 at the Dipson Amherst Theatre, 3500 Main St.; csac.buffalo.edu/bfs.html)
Old Chestnut Film Series—Camille: Greta Garbo, Robert Taylor, and Lionel Barrymore star in George Cukor’s drama. (7:30 p.m. on November 17 in the Community Room of the Phillip Sheridan School, 3200 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore; oldchestnut.com)
Mary and the Witch’s Flower: Fathom Events and GKIDS present a one-night-only screening of the latest film from director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (When Marnie Was There and The Secret World of Arrietty). The fantasy adventure is based on the young adult novel The Little Broomstick and features the voices of Jim Broadbent and Kate Winslet. (7 and 8 p.m. on January 18 at the Regal Elmwood Center, 2001 Elmwood Ave., and Regal Transit Center, 6707 Transit Rd., Williamsville; fathomevents.com)
TCM Big Screen Classics—The Treasure of the Sierra Madre: John Huston’s story of greed and paranoia is an unmatched classic. Humphrey Bogart, Tim Holt, and Walter Huston star in Sierra, which is celebrating its seventieth birthday this year. The screenings will feature insight from TCM host Ben Mankiewicz. (2 and 7 p.m. on January 14 and 16 at the Regal Elmwood Center, 2001 Elmwood Ave., and Regal Transit Center, 6707 Transit Rd., Williamsville; fathomevents.com)
The Glass Castle at the Town of Collins Public Library: Brie Larson gives a fine performance in this underrated adaptation of Jeannette Walls’s bestseller. The screening is co-sponsored by the 50+ Seniors and Collins Library. (1 p.m. on January 5 at the Town of Collins Public Library, 2341 Main St., Collins; buffalolib.org)
Christopher Schobert is a film critic whose worked has appeared in the Buffalo News and numerous other outlets.