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Friday, February 27, 2015

BELIEVE ME: Desperate and broke on the eve of their graduation, four college seniors start a fake charity to embezzle money for tuition — and partying. With Miles Fisher, Zachary Knighton, Alex Russell and Sinqua Walls. Rated PG-13. DEAR WHITE PEOPLE: Director/writer Justin Simien looks at race issues on an Ivy League college campus during the Obama era. Despite its satirical humor, the movie offers a reminder that in many ways racism has become more abhorent because it’s done in such a subversive manner. With Tyler James Williams, Dennis Haysbert, Tessa Thompson, Kyle Gallner. Rated R. THE BETTER ANGELS: The story of Abraham Lincoln’s childhhood …

Friday, February 27, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org The Imitation Game (PG-13) Daily 1:35, 4:10, 6:45, 9:15; Sat. also 11:10 a.m.; Wed. no 6:45, 9:15 Maps To The Stars (R) Daily 1:50, 4:25, 7, 9:30; Sat.-Sun. also 11:25 a.m. Mr. Turner (R) Daily 1:20, 4:45, 8; Sun. also 10:35 a.m., no 1:20 Song …

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Friday, February 27, 2015

AMERICAN SNIPER: Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) saves countless lives on the battlefield, which turns him into a legend. But when he returns home to his wife (Sienna Miller) and kids after four tours of duty, he finds that he can’t leave the war behind. Also stars Kyle Gallner. Rated R. …

Weekend Planner — Movies

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Playing this week in area theaters: Cinemark in Hadley opens “Jupiter Ascending,” “Seventh Son” and “The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie: Sponge Out of Water.” The Amherst Cinema opens “Two Days, One Night” and continues showing “Birdman,” “The Imitation Game,” “Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts,” “Oscar-Nominated Live-Action Shorts” and “Whiplash.” The Tower …

Movie review: SpongeBob’s back, on a zany venture up to our world

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Would that all of our brains resembled that of SpongeBob SquarePants — and we’re talking about his actual brain, like, the cerebral matter located somewhere inside that porous yellow body. When, in the thoroughly enjoyable (though somewhat exhausting) …

A voice and vision for Africa Mount Holyoke College professor’s documentary on seminal African filmmaker debuts at Sundance

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

It’s a story that almost defies belief. Ousmane Sembène, born in the French colony of Senegal in 1923, had been kicked out of school in the fifth grade for fighting, and by his teens was a laborer in …

A reluctant icon: A documentary by Northampton filmmaker Kate Geis illuminates the creative process of the very private dance master, Paul Taylor

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Documentary filmmaker Kate Geis experienced a certain satisfying symmetry in her life while making her film “Paul Taylor: Creative Domain.” She had been a fan of Taylor and his company since she was introduced to his work as …

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org 2015 Oscar-Nominated Animation Shorts (NR) Daily 1:50, 7; Sat.-Sun. also 11:45 a.m. 2015 Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts (NR) Daily 4:10, 9:25 Birdman (R) Daily 1:40, 6:45; Sun. also 11:15 …

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

AMERICAN SNIPER: Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) saves countless lives on the battlefield, which turns him into a legend. But when he returns home to his wife (Sienna Miller) and kids after four tours of duty, …

Spring Film: A season of sameness

Thursday, January 29, 2015

It’s a new year and a new spirit pervades the land. Nowhere is that sense of innovation and imagination, of bold ideas and daring leaps into the further reaches of artistic realms, more in evidence than in Hollywood. …

New on DVD

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Best of Me: Former high school sweethearts reunite after many years when they return to visit their small hometown. Stars James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Luke Bracey. Rated PG-13. Dear White People: Four black students attend an Ivy …

Movie review: A deglamorized Aniston in the drab ‘Cake’

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Ah, to de-glam. It’s one of the surest shortcuts to newfound artistic appreciation: a bedraggled deviation into dowdy drama by a beautiful star. Acclaim by way of sweatpants. “Cake,” in which Jennifer Aniston plays a bitterly grieving, caustically …

Weekend planner — Film: ‘Badpuss: A Popumentary’ at Smith College

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

“A total romp” as well as “artful, smart, clever and sometimes shocking,” says Indieflix CEO Scilla Andreen of “Badpuss: A Popumentary,” a feature-length, “This Is Spinal Tap”-type satire centering on the rise and fall of an all-girl rock …