Coming Attractions

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Still from THE PRODUCERS

 

It’s nearly outdoor screening season! So let’s hope for minimal snowfall. This month features some fun screenings under the stars, and also check out a brief Q-and-A with Noir Essentials host Alex Weinstein.

 

Flicks on Old Falls Movie Series: The ten-Thursday Flicks on Old Falls series starts with 2017’s Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson, on June 28, and the rest of the summer will feature recent hits like Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Coco, and Peter Rabbit, along with a few older selections like An American Tail and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Pre-movie entertainment kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. (8:30 p.m. on Thursdays from June 28-August 30 on Old Falls St., Niagara Falls; fallsstreeusa.com)

 

Cultivate Cinema Circle—Olivier Assayas’s Cold Water and Irma Vep: There are many reasons to be thankful for the existence of Cultivate Cinema Circle, but near the top is CCC’s efforts to bring hard-to-see films from major international filmmakers to the area for screenings. Case in points is June’s mini-retrospective of films from Olivier Assayas, the French filmmaker behind Carlos, Clouds of Sils Maria, and Personal Shopper. CCC is screening two of Assayas’s early works, Cold Water and Irma Vep, on June 7 and June 21 respectively. (Both screenings will be held at Hallwalls.) The former is a love story about two troubled teenagers in 1970s Paris, while the latter is a fascinating comedy-drama set during the filming of a remake of the 1916 serial Les vampires. Both are utterly unique, wonderfully exhilarating, and totally Assayas. (Cold Water: 7 p.m. on June 7; Irma Vep: 7 p.m. on June 21; at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 341 Delaware Ave.; cultivatecinemacircle.com)

 

Sicily: Land of Love & Strife at the North Park: Filmmaker Mark Spano will appear live at this screening of his documentary about Sicily’s history and culture. (7 p.m. on June 25 at the North Park Theatre, 1428 Hertel Ave.; northparktheatre.org)

 

Mighty WurliTzer Concert & Silent Film: Pianist Jelani Eddington will accompany a film (TBA). (7:30 p.m. on June 6 at the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., N. Tonawanda; rivieratheatre.org)

 

Toronto LGBT Film Festival: The twenty-eighth annual festival started on May 24 and runs through June 3. (Check insideout.ca/initiatives/Toronto for lineup, schedules, and locations)

 

Buffalo 66, Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami, and Manos: The Hands of Fate at the Screening Room: In Spree’s September 2012 issue, I debated whether The Natural or Buffalo 66 was the greatest Buffalo film ever made. I determined that The Natural was the greatest Buffalo-shot film ever made, but Vincent Gallo’s Buffalo 66 was the greatest Buffalo-set film ever made. (If that makes any sense.) It’s been twenty years since the release of Gallo’s story of failure and rejection, and the film is just as relevant and powerful today. The Screening Room is presenting 66 this month in commemoration of its anniversary Making its Buffalo premiere this month is Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami, an acclaimed documentary chronicling the life of the influential pop music star. And on June 15, the Amherst venue will screen the infamously awful 1966 sci-fi flick Manos: The Hands of Fate(Buffalo 66: 7:30 p.m. on June 22, 23, 27, and 29; Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami: 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on June 8, 7 p.m. on June 9, and 7:30 p.m. on June 12 and 14; Manos: The Hands of Fate: 9 p.m. on June 15 at the Screening Room, 880 Alberta Dr., Amherst; screeningroom.net)

 

Noir Essentials—The Killing: Stanley Kubrick’s first masterpiece is this 1956 gem, a heist film suffused with grit and dark humor. Sterling Hayden leads a solid cast of character actors. It’s another perfect pick for the Noir Essentials series. (For more on The Killing, check out this Q-and-A with Noir Essentials host Alex Weinstein.) (7:30 p.m. on June 20 at the Dipson Eastern Hills Cinema, 4545 Transit Rd., Williamsville; dipsontheatres.com)

 

TCM Big Screen Classics—The Producers: Considering the success of Mel Brooks’s musical adaptation of The Producers, it’s easy to forget that the 1968 film on which it was based is so darn funny. Zero Mostel is the flop-coveting Max Bialystock while Gene Wilder plays accountant Leopold Bloom. The performances are, of course, hysterical, and Brooks’s screenplay deservedly earned him an Oscar. This fiftieth anniversary event will include exclusive insight from Turner Classic Movies. (2 and 7 p.m. on June 3 and 6  at the Regal Elmwood Center, 2001 Elmwood Ave., and Regal Transit Center, 6707 Transit Rd., Williamsville; fathomevents.com)

 

Still from Best F(r)iends courtesy of Summit Pictures

 

Fathom Events presents Space Mutiny, Pom Poko, and Best F(r)iends: The Mystery Science Theater 3000 gang presents another of its so-bad-it’s-good RiffTrax Live screenings on June 14 and 19 with cheesy 1980s sci-fi flick Space Mutiny. Meanwhile, GKIDS Studio Ghibli Fest continues this month with a lesser-known selection, Isao Takahata’s Pom Poko. It’s the story of a fierce battle between Japanese raccoon dogs and developers. And The Room’s dynamic bad-movie duo, Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero, share volume two of their latest project, Best F(r)iends, on June 1 and 4. (Space Mutiny: 8 p.m. on June 14 and 7:30 p.m. on June 19; Pom Poko: Dubbed version: 12:55 p.m. on June 17 and 7 p.m. on June 20; subtitled version: 7 p.m. on June 18; and Best F(r)iends: 8 p.m. on June 1 and 4; at the Regal Elmwood Center, 2001 Elmwood Ave., and Regal Transit Center, 6707 Transit Rd., Williamsville; fathomevents.com)

 

The Royal Ballet presents Manon: The Dipson Amherst Theatre presents Kenneth MacMillan's ballet adaptation of Abbé Prévost's novel about moral corruption in eighteenth-century Paris. (11 a.m. on June 24 at the Dipson Amherst Theatre, 3500 Main. St.; dipsontheatres.com)

 

The Bolshoi Ballet presents Coppélia: The latest live ballet at the Elmwood and Transit Regal Cinemas (as well as the Fredonia Opera House) is the Bolshoi’s take on this comic story set in the nineteenth century. (12:55 p.m. on June 10  at the Regal Elmwood Center, 2001 Elmwood Ave., and Regal Transit Center, 6707 Transit Rd., Williamsville; fathomevents.com; 1 p.m. on June 23 at the Fredonia Opera House, 9 Church St., Fredonia; fredopera.org)

 

Transit Drive-In Retro Movie Tuesdays: The beloved drive-in once again offers its “Retro Movie Tuesday” series, and as usual, it’s a fun bunch. It kicks off on June 5 with The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, followed by 1980s comedies Weird Science and Real Genius on July 12. June 19 features a favorite from the 1990s, The Sandlot, and one from the previous decade, The Goonies. And things enter the realm of fantasy on June 26 with Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal and Rob Reiner’s Princess Bride. (Start times vary between 9 and 9:15 p.m. for the first film, and 10:45-11:30 p.m. for the second film; at the Transit Drive-In, 6655 S. Transit Rd, Lockport.; transitdrivein.com)

 

Regal Summer Movie Express: The annual Summer Movie Express from Regal Cinemas, which offers kids two movies for just $1, begins at the end of June. Week one features two sequels, Despicable Me 2 and How to Train Your Dragon 2, on June 26 and 27. (10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from June 26 to August 29 at Regal Transit Center, 6707 Transit Rd., Williamsville; regmovies.com/movies/summer-movie-express)

 

The Best of American Graffiti at the Riviera: While this event at the Riviera Theatre is not a film screening, per se, it is inspired by a cinematic classic, George Lucas’s American Graffiti. Johnny Gems and the Red Hot Bananas will perform songs from the film’s iconic soundtrack, including gems from Little Richard, Chuck Berry, and Jerry Lee Lewis. (8 p.m. on June 8 at the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., N. Tonawanda; rivieratheatre.org)

 

Roycroft Film Society—Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief: East Aurora’s Roycroft Film Society offers one of the most controversial documentaries of recent years on June 10. In Going Clear, acclaimed filmmaker Alex Gibney looks closely at the practices of the Church of Scientology, as well as the role played by the church’s celebrity members. (4 p.m. on June 10 at Parkdale Elementary School, 141 Girard Ave., East Aurora; roycroftcampuscorp.com)

 

Christopher Schobert is a film critic whose worked has appeared in the Buffalo News and numerous other outlets.

 

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