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Coming Attractions for June

Summer starts with a tasty festival and some legendary filmmakers

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World, a study of our interconnecting online lives, has its Buffalo premiere at 7 p.m. on June 13 at the North Park Theatre


Things are about to get very busy on the local screening front. We have the latest for you right there.


Niagara Integrated Film Festival

In just two years, the Niagara Integrated Film Festival has made a name for itself by pairing unique films—2015’s second annual fest was highlighted by Disney’s Inside Out and period drama Testament of Youth, starring recent Oscar winner Alicia Vikander—with gorgeous locations at wineries throughout the Niagara Region. Led by artistic director and founder Bill Marshall, founder and chair emeritus of the Toronto International Film Festival, NIFF may be on its way to must-attend status. You certainly won’t find a lovelier film festival setting. Check out lineup and schedule at niagarafilmfest.com. (June 10-19, 2016; niagarafilmfest.com)


Cultivate Cinema Circle: The CCC turns one year old this month with a lineup highlighted by the great Werner Herzog. The Fitzcarraldo and Aguirre, the Wrath of God director is also a fascinating documentary filmmaker, and his latest looks to be no exception. Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World, a study of our interconnecting online lives, has its Buffalo premiere at 7 p.m. on June 13 at the North Park Theatre (1428 Hertel Ave.). The month also includes Mark Cousins’ Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise, a documentary about the nuclear age, at 8 p.m. on June 8 at Burning Books (420 Connecticut St.). And Jan Ole Gerster’s charming narrative feature A Coffee In Berlin screens at 1 p.m. on June 25 at the Mason O. Damon Auditorium at Buffalo Central Library (1 Lafayette Sq.). (cultivatecinemacircle.com)


Roycroft Film Society—The Immigrant: James Gray’s 2013 masterpiece faced a rocky road to release and was then quietly dumped into theaters by the Weinstein Company. But since its Cannes Film Festival debut, the accolades for this Joaquin Phoenix and Marion Cotillard starrer have grown and grown. This story of a Polish woman arriving to Ellis Island in 1921 is not just one of the finest films of the last decade. It’s also one of the most creative and moving dramas ever made about the travails so many immigrants face. The discussion that follows this latest Roycroft Film Society selection should be quite engaging. (4 p.m. on June 12 at Parkdale Elementary School, 141 Girard Ave., East Aurora; roycroftcampuscorp.com)


TCM Big Screen Classics—Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: The work of beloved author Roald Dahl has spawned a number of films, including Steven Spielberg’s upcoming The BFG, Nicolas Roeg’s The Witches, Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, and animator Henry Selick’s James and the Giant Peach. The most treasured, of course, is 1971’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The wonderfully weird film starring Gene Wilder returns to the big screen on June 26 and 29. Watch, and be reminded how much more magical (and delightfully weird) it is than Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. (2 and 7 p.m. on June 26 and 29 at the Regal Elmwood Center, 2001 Elmwood Ave., and Regal Transit Center, 6707 Transit Rd., Williamsville; fathomevents.com)


Fredonia Opera House: The Opera House offers to intriguing big-screen events this month, both in high-definition. Renoir—Revered and Reviled (June 9) offers a close look at the impressionist’s work, as well as the controversies surrounding his later efforts. Painting the Modern Garden—From Monet to Matisse (June 30) visits exhibitions in Cleveland and London, while also journeying to artists’ gardens like Giverny and Seebüll. (7:30 p.m. at 9 Church St., Fredonia; fredopera.org)


June at the TIFF Bell Lightbox: The Lightbox will host the TIFF Summer Soirée at 7 p.m. on June 14. The evening will include an onstage conversation with a special guest Alec Baldwin, followed by a party. Plus, the ongoing Books on Film series will see stage director Kathryn Hunter discuss Julie Taymor's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream on June 6 and H Is for Hawk author Helen Macdonald analyze Ken Loach’s classic drama Kes on June 27. The Food on Film series continues with a discussion of the documentary Good Things Await on June 8, featuring journalist and activist Danielle Nierenberg. And whiskey expert Heather Green visits TIFF for a screening of Loach’s The Angels’ Share on June 29. She’ll chat about the role whiskey has played in cinema. I’ll drink to that. (TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W., Toronto; tiff.net)


Regal Summer Movie Express: The long-running Summer Movie Express from Regal Cinemas is a reliably affordable ($1!) trip to the cinema for the little ones. It kicks off on June 28 and June 29 with the delightful Lego Movie at 10 a.m., followed by last year’s dog drama Max. Note that both films play on both days, and the entire schedule—it runs through August 24—features films rated either G or PG. (10 a.m. on June 28 and 29 at Regal Transit Center, 6707 Transit Rd., Williamsville; regmovies.com/movies/summer-movie-express)


Tuesday Night Flix at Canalside: The Catholic Health-sponsored free outdoor film series at Canalside is back, starting with two of your dad’s favorite films: The Dirty Dozen on June 14 and Jaws on June 28. Remember, it pays to be early, since Adirondack chairs are available for the first 100 guests. (8:30 p.m. on June 14 and 28 on Pierce Lawn at Canalside; canalsidebuffalo.com)


The Screening Room: June at the Screening Room starts with the Cary Grant/Audrey Hepburn classic Charade at 7:30 p.m. on June 3 and 4. (It previously screened on May 27, 28, and 31.) Also showing is the Niagara Falls-set Marilyn Monroe thriller Niagara, which may be a bit laughable in spots, but is still wildly entertaining. It screens at 7:30 p.m. on June 17, 18, 22, 24, and 25. The Screening Room schedule is always quite long, so check screeningroom.net for the full rundown of dates and times. Please note that the concert film Iggy Pop: Live in Basel that was mentioned in the print version of this column now seems to be off the June schedule. (3131 Sheridan Dr., Amherst; screeningroom.net)


Also screening this month …


The Dipson Amherst Theatre presents the Salzburg Festival’s production of Il Trovatore on the big screen. The legendary Plácido Domingo stars. (11 a.m. on June 19 at the Dipson Amherst Theatre, 3500 Main St.; dipsontheatres.com)


In RiffTrax Live: MST3K Reunion, the original cast members from Mystery Science Theater 3000 reunite for a live simulcast. (8 p.m. on June 28 at the Regal Elmwood Center, 2001 Elmwood Ave., and Regal Transit Center, 6707 Transit Rd., Williamsville; 7:30 p.m. on July 12 at the Regal Transit Center; fathomevents.com)


The always busy Dryden Theatre in Rochester presents Frederick Wiseman’s sobering 1967 documentary Titicut Follies at 8 p.m. on June 7. (900 East Ave., Rochester; eastman.org)


The twenty-sixth annual Toronto LGBT Film Festival draws to a close on June 5; it started on May 26. (insideout.ca/initiatives/Toronto)



Christopher Schobert is a film critic for the Buffalo News and other outlets. Follow him on Twitter @FilmSwoon.

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