I’m getting this one up a little late: my November “Coming Attractions” column in Buffalo Spree. It’s a but shorter than usual due to my TIFF feature from the same issue.
November is typically busy in the film world, but there’s more to the month than Oscar bait. Here are some unique options to consider, at locations around WNY.
Real Boy at BPAC: The latest film in the Burchfield Penney Art Center’s Dare to be Diverse Film Series sounds fascinating. The documentary Real Boy is centered on the story of a transgender teenager’s experience with his family and friends, and as a budding musician.
(7 p.m. on November 17 at 1300 Elmwood Ave.; burchfieldpenney.org)
Buffalo Film Seminars: Four true crowd-pleasers are part of the November Buffalo Film Seminars’ schedule: Peter Sellers stars in Hal Ashby’s Being There (November 1); Brian De Palma brings his unique style to the big-screen version of The Untouchables (November 8); Cher shines in Moonstruck (November 15); and Like Water for Chocolate is a delightful Mexican romance (November 29). Before the latter is Andrei Tarkovsky’s final film, The Sacrifice, on November 22. It’s a complex masterpiece that qualifies as a real must-see.
(7 p.m. at the Dipson Amherst Theatre, 3500 Main. St.; csac.buffalo.edu/bfs.html)
TCM Big Screen Classics—Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Thanks to Audrey Hepburn (and no thanks to Mickey Rooney), Breakfast at Tiffany’s still charms. Turner Classic Movies brings Holly Golightly to the big screen on November 27 and 30.
(2 and 7 p.m. on November 27 and November 30 at the Regal Elmwood Center, 2001 Elmwood Ave., and Regal Transit Center, 6707 Transit Rd., Williamsville; fathomevents.com)
Roycroft Film Society—Word and Pictures: You might have missed this 2013 romantic drama starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche. The two stars make it a worthwhile film.
(4 p.m. on November 13 at Parkdale Elementary School, 141 Girard Ave., East Aurora; roycroftcampuscorp.com)
Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival: Buffalo Dreams is, in a word, killer. For ten days, audiences can enjoy action, animation, comedy, drama, fantasy, horror, thriller, and science fiction features and shorts from around the world. That list includes 105 features, and many screenings feature Q-and-As with the filmmakers and stars. Highlights include Two for One, a post-9/11 drama that was shot in Buffalo and features beloved actor Stephen McKinley Henderson, and Attack of the Killer Shrews, a comedic remake by Niagara Falls filmmaker Ken Cosentino. Troma Entertainment founder Lloyd Kaufman will introduce the film.
(November 4-10 at the Eastern Hills Cinema, 4545 Transit Rd., Williamsville; November 11-13 at the Screening Room, 3131 Sheridan Dr., Amherst; buffalodreamsfilmfest.com)
The Screening Room: In addition to the Buffalo Dreams screenings mentioned above (Nov. 11 to 13), Amherst’s Screening Room screens the still pulse-pounding political thriller The Manchurian Candidate throughout the month. It’s Frank Sinatra’s finest performance, but Angela Lansbury is the actor you’ll truly remember …
(7:30 p.m. on November 4, 5, 9, 11, and 12 at the Screening Room, 3131 Sheridan Dr., Amherst; screeningroom.net)
Thursday Night Terrors—Phantasm II: Don Coscarelli’s 1988 sequel is a fun, unexpected choice for the great Thursday Night Terrors series. The film’s reputation has certainly grown in recent years.
(7:30 p.m. on November 17 at the Dipson Amherst Theatre, 3500 Main St.; facebook.com/thursdaynightterrors)
Cultivate Cinema Circle—The Player: Robert Altman’s comeback film, The Player might be of the most striking, most acidic drama about Hollywood ever made. Featuring Tim Robbins and a cavalcade of cameos, it’s a wonderful choice for CCC’s Altman-centric season.
(7 p.m. on November 3 at the Dipson Amherst Theatre, 3500 Main St.; cultivatecinemacircle.com)
Nichols High School Movie Night at the North Park: More great selections from the students at Nichols in November: John Huston’s The African Queen on November 7 and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing on November 14. The latter, especially, is a wonderfully offbeat choice. (Of all Kubrick possibilities, who would’ve predicted The Killing?
(7 p.m. on November 7 and 14 at the North Park Theatre, 1428 Hertel Ave.; northparktheatre.org)
Old Chestnut Film Society—Stella Dallas: Next up in the season’s Barbara Stanwyck series is this 1937 sudser.
(7:30 p.m. on November 18 in the Community Room of the Phillip Sheridan School, 3200 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore; oldchestnut.com)
Fredonia Opera House: Lots of interesting choices at the Fredonia Opera House this month, starting with The Dressmaker, an adaptation of Rosalie Ham’s bestselling novel starring Kate Winslet (7:30 p.m. on Nov. 1). Catch Brazil and Game of Thrones favorite Jonathan Pryce as Shylock in a “Globe on Screen” presentation of The Merchant of Venice on November 5 (1 p.m.). Ron Howard’s hit Beatles documentary Eight Days a Week, a look at the Fab Four’s touring years, screens on November 12 and 15. And the acclaimed yet sadly underseen Queen of Katwe, starring Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo, screens on November 19 and 22 (7:30 p.m.) For the full Opera House rundown, visit fredopera.org.
(Fredonia Opera House, 9 Church St., Fredonia; fredopera.org)