Weekend Preview: Riddick, shmiddick — J.D. Salinger is this week’s most intriguing character


As I mentioned last week, things are a bit shorter here with TIFF taking up so much of my time. (I’M THERE RIGHT NOW!) Here is a quick look at what’s opening this weekend.

“Riddick”: Vin Diesel is in a great place career-wise thanks to “Fast & Furious,” but now comes a test — the return of the character he last portrayed in the flop “Chronicles of Riddick.” This new film seems to eschew the pomp of “Chronicles” for the more visceral thrills of “Pitch Black,” and should prove a solid earner. But “Riddick” is not the film opening this week that I’m intrigued by. That honor goes to …

“Salinger”: If the New York Times story is accurate, Shane Salerno’s J.D. Salinger documentary features the bombshell that the author has five books ready to be published posthumously. That is huge, truly, and the other reveals promised by the long-awaited documentary make this a major fall release.

Buffalo Film Seminars: Another week, another classic: On September 10, the BFS screens Jean Renoir “The Grand Illusion” (1937).

The Screening Room: Despite Mickey Rooney’s best efforts, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is charming — The Screening Room shows the film at 7:30 p.m. tonight, tomorrow, and Tuesday. On Thursday at 7:30, a first-run documentary, “The Rep,” is showing. I must admit, I was not familiar with it. Here is a description:

“The film follows the lives of three uber film geeks during the first year of operations of a single-screen repertory cinema. Dubbed ‘The Underground Cinema’ by its gang of misfits, Alex, Charlie, and Nigel will stop at nothing to see their theatre succeed. In the face of strong competition from big box theatres, local cinematheques and home video, it’s a constant struggle to stay afloat. Throw in 12-hour workdays, having no semblance of a personal life and all the normal stresses of working day in/day out with the same people … things couldn’t be much more of an uphill battle.”

VOD: Robin Wright and Naomi Watts fall for each other’s sons — spicy! — in “Adore,” the long-delayed horror film “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane” debuts,

Etc.: For the latest releases at Dipson’s Amherst and Eastern Hills theaters, visit the official Dipson site.

Photo courtesy of the Weinstein Company