April 2019 — Features, Musings & More

Adam Lubitow –
Film | “Sicily: Land of Love & Strife” – 4/3/19

Matt Marshall –
Box Office: ‘Shazam!’ Rises to $53M, ‘Pet Sematary’ Remake Stays Alive with $25M – 4/7/19
Box Office: ‘Shazam!’ Powers Past Newcomers, ‘Little,’ ‘Hellboy’ and ‘Missing Link’ – 4/14/19

Jared Mobarak –
Posterized April 2019: ‘High Life,’ ‘Her Smell,’ ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night,’ and More – 4/5/19

Christopher Schobert –
Locally shot suspense-thriller ‘Photographs’ to premiere at Aurora Theatre – 4/9/19

Jeff Simon –
An all-star birthday party for Joni Mitchell and others – 4/4/19
Relive Woodstock 50 years after the fact, minus the mud – 4/12/19
The Trump story we need, and won’t get, in Howard Stern’s book – 4/15/19

Jordan M. Smith –
Monday Memo: Remembering Agnès Varda, CPH:DOX Award Winners & Thoughts on PBS’s ‘Women, War & Peace II’ – 4/1/19
Monday Memo: Spring 2019 Pure Nonfiction Lineup, Full Frame Award Winners & 90th Issue of Senses of Cinema Released – 4/8/19
Monday Memo: Peabody Nominees, Newly Announced Follow Focus Grant & Disney+ Streaming Service – 4/15/19

March 2019 — Features, Musings & More

M. Faust –
Frost/Nixon at the Irish Classical Theatre – 3/6/19

Adam Lubitow –
Film preview: ‘Cat Video Fest 2019’ – 3/8/19

Matt Marshall –
Box Office: ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ Soars Again Over Tyler Perry’s Madea Finale – 3/3/19
Box Office: ‘Captain Marvel’ Dominates 2019 with a Higher Further Faster $153M Opening – 3/10/19
Box Office: ‘Captain Marvel’ Remains Miles Ahead of ‘Five Feet Apart,’ ‘Wonder Park’ – 3/17/19

Jared Mobarak –
Posterized March 2019: ‘Us,’ ‘Transit,’ ‘Black Mother,’ and More – 3/1/19
‘Giant Little Ones’ Director Keith Behrman on Defying Labels and Finding Authenticity in Adolescence – 3/2/19

George Sax –
Angels in America at Second Generation Theatre – 3/13/19

Christopher Schobert –
Road Trip / Toronto for families – March 2019 Buffalo Spree
Let’s roll, Buffalo: Queen City Roller Girls skate to a milestone – 3/28/19
Meet the faces of Queen City Roller Girls – 3/28/19

Jeff Simon –
Jeff Simon’s List of the BPO’s Best Recordings – 3/7/19
BPO’s New Record of Respighi Works Is a Beauty – 3/7/19
•: TMZ gets to the real heart of R. Kelly/Gayle King interview – 3/14/19
‘Billions’ gets language and ego to do what ‘Game of Thrones’ does with slaughter and nudity – 3/15/19
Why I think we shouldn’t permit mass murderers anonymity – 3/19/19
Jeff Simon’s thoughts on network TV’s crime fantasies, while considering J. Edgar Hoover – 3/26/19
A ‘sandwich from hell’ made me miss Anthony Bourdain even more – 3/26/19
The final seven satiric blasts from ‘Veep’ – 3/29/19

Jordan M. Smith –
Monday Memo: New Doc Development Opportunities, Post-Sundance Doc Distro Report, and Lineup Announcements from Tribeca & Hot Docs – 3/11/19
Monday Memo: Barbara Hammer Dead at 79, POV Announces 32nd Season & New Streaming Service OVID.tv Launch Date Set – 3/18/19
Monday Memo: Doc Focused OVID Launches, Means TV Announced & The D-Word Turns 20 – 3/25/19

February 2019 — Features, Musings & More

M. Faust –
The Movies of 1979 at the North Park – 2/27/19

Matt Marshall –
Box Office: ‘Glass’ Scores a Third Win for Shyamalan Over Weak Super Bowl Weekend – 2/3/19
Box Office: ‘The Lego Movie 2’ Builds Much Smaller Opening than 2014 Original – 2/11/19
Box Office: ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Dismantles Lego Sequel Over Presidents Day Weekend – 2/17/19

Jared Mobarak –
Posterized February 2019: ‘Hotel by the River,’ ‘Birds of Passage,’ ‘Cold Pursuit,’ and More – 2/1/19

Christopher Schobert –
Bringing the kids to ‘Harry Potter’ at Shea’s? 5 things to knowBringing the kids to ‘Harry Potter’ at Shea’s? 5 things to know – 2/22/19

Jeff Simon –
‘The Black Dahlia’ haunts American movies still – 2/1/19
It’s amazing how ancient stupidities refuse to die – 2/4/19
Finally lending an ear to a great American composer – 2/12/19
Reality TV is savior of America’s ecology of fame – 2/18/19
Brilliant writers look into male toxicity – 2/22/19

Jordan M. Smith –
Monday Memo: Award Winners from Sundance, Slamdance & Rotterdam – 2/4/19
Monday Memo: Open City Launches Assembly Lab, True/False Lineup Drops & CPH:FORUM Projects Revealed – 2/11/19
Monday Memo: BAFTAs, Berlinale and a Quartet of New Releases – 2/18/19
Monday Memo: Oscar & Independent Spirit Award Winners, Beyond Award Season – 2/25/19

January 2019 — Features, Musings & More

M. Faust –
Dick Miller’s Buffalo moment – 1/30/19

Adam Lubitow –
Film preview: Black History Month at the movies – 1/25/19
Gently down the stream – 1/30/19

Matt Marshall –
Box Office: ‘Aquaman’ Swims Past $250M, ‘Escape Room’ Solves a Decent 2019 Start – 1/6/19
Box Office: ‘The Upside’ Unseats ‘Aquaman’ as DCEU King Crosses $1 Billion Worldwide – 1/13/19
Box Office: ‘Glass’ Cracks $40M, ‘Dragon Ball Super: Broly’ is Anime’s Biggest Hit Since 2000 – 1/20/19
Box Office: ‘Glass’ Remains on Top with $19M, ‘Aquaman’ Sinks ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Worldwide – 1/27/19
What Does a ‘Black Panther’ SAG Awards Victory Mean for the Best Picture Oscar Race? – 1/28/19

David Palmer –
2019 Oscar Nominations and Reactions – 1/22/19
Sundance + Oscars + SAG Awards – podcast with David Palmer and Matt Passantino – 1/27/19

Matthew Passantino –
Sundance + Oscars + SAG Awards – podcast with David Palmer and Matt Passantino – 1/27/19

Jeff Simon –
What happens to great movies when you’re too comfortable? – 1/4/19
It’s movie award season; image, reality collide like crazy – 1/9/19
HBO’s ‘True Detective’ gives Mamie Gummer a chance for extraordinary acting – 1/18/19
When columnists led journalism’s way – 1/27/19
The big winner on Oscar night will be weirdness – 1/29/19

Jordan M. Smith –
Monday Memo: New Doc Crediting Guidelines, Sundance Previews, SXSW & Berlinale Lineups, Dueling Fyre Fest Docs and more! – 1/21/19
Monday Memo: 2019 Oscar Nominees, Jonas Mekas Dies at 96, Stranger Than Fiction Replaced by Pure Nonfiction, Sundance Kicks Off, and more! – 1/28/19

December 2018 — Features, Musings & More

Adam Lubitow –
Roundup: The top movies of 2018 – 12/25/18

Matt Marshall –
Box Office: ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Reloads, Illumination’s ‘The Grinch’ Steals Second Place – 12/2/18
Box Office: ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet,’ ‘The Grinch’ Repeat Before ‘Spider-Man’ Swings Again – 12/9/18
Box Office: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Takes December Animation Opening Record – 12/16/18
Box Office: DC’s ‘Aquaman’ Overpowers Newcomers ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ and ‘Bumblebee’ – 12/23/18
Box Office: ‘Aquaman’ Reigns After Christmas with $51M, Wrapping Up Record-Breaking 2018 – 12/30/18
Best of 2018: Several Stars are Born and Witches and Widows Lead an Illustrious Year – 12/31/18

Jared Mobarak –
Posterized December 2018: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,’ ‘Cold War,’ ‘The House That Jack Built,’ and More – 12/6/18
The Film Stage’s Top 50 Films of 2018 – 12/21/18
The Best Movie Posters of 2018 – 12/27/18

David Palmer –
Avengers: End Game + Captain Marvel Trailer Reviews Kevin Hart + Mowgli Review – CineChat podcast – 12/9/18
Top 10 Best Films of 2018 – 12/28/18
Top 10 Worst Films of 2018 – 12/29/18
Best & Worst Films of 2018 – CineChat podcast – 12/31/18

Matthew Passantino –
Avengers: End Game + Captain Marvel Trailer Reviews Kevin Hart + Mowgli Review – CineChat podcast – 12/9/18
Top 10 Movies of 2018 Movie Review – 12/25/18
Best & Worst Films of 2018 – CineChat podcast – 12/31/18

Christoper Schobert –
Recommended New Books on Filmmaking: Howard Hughes, Tintin, ‘Isle of Dogs,’ Beastie Boys & More – 12/10/18
From ‘Mary Poppins’ to ‘Mary, Queen of Scots,’ Hollywood holiday movies are here – 12/19/18
The Film Stage’s Top 50 Films of 2018 – 12/21/18
Christopher Schobert’s Top 10 Films of 2018 – 12/25/18

Jeff Simon –
Maybe the greatest Elvis work has finally been released – 12/5/18
After 25 years, ‘Schindler’s List’ is as important as ever – 12/7/18
Really, finding the Oscars host shouldn’t be a problem – 12/11/18
Some books, records for last-minute gifts – 12/19/18
How did Weatherly and Carlson turn into such blockheads? – 12/21/18
‘The most delicious martini’ I ever had – 12/27/18

Jordan M. Smith –
Monday Memo: 2019 Sundance Film Festival Lineup Announced – 12/3/18
Monday Memo: MINDING THE GAP Tops 2018 IDA Awards – 12/10/18
Monday Memo: Director Bill Siegel Dies at 55 – 12/17/18
The Best Documentaries of 2018 – 12/23/18

November 2018 — Features, Musings & More

M. Faust –
Johnny Gruesome – 11/20/18

Adam Lubitow –
Bring some corn for poppin’ – 11/14/18

Matt Marshall –
Box Office: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Rocks a $50M Weekend, ‘Nutcracker’ and ‘Nobody’s Fool’ Trail – 11/4/18
Box Office: ‘The Grinch’ Steals Plenty of Green, ‘Spider’s Web’ and ‘Overlord’ Open Light – 11/11/18
Box Office: ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ Loses Some Magic, ‘Widows’ and ‘Instant Family’ Start in Teens – 11/18/18
4K UHD Review: Disney’s ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Levels Up with Gamers of All Generations – 11/25/18
Box Office: ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet,’ ‘Creed II’ Pack a Major Punch Over Thanksgiving Weekend – 11/25/18

Jared Mobarak –
Posterized November 2018: ‘Creed II,’ ‘The Favourite,’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ and More – 11/2/18

Matthew Passantino –
Homecoming: Season 1 TV Review – 11/2/18
Michelle Williams for Best Supporting Actress – 11/19/18

Christopher Schobert –
A ‘Harry Potter’ primer from ‘Sorcerer’s Stone’ to ‘Fantastic Beasts’ – 11/15/18

Jeff Simon –
Jeff Simon: Holiday season for books is here already – 11/8/18
Netflix, for some, is a never-ending holiday – 11/23/18
Bernardo Bertolucci — a great filmmaker, an overrated one, or both? – 11/26/18
Is posthumous jazz a problem or a glorious resurrection? – 11/30/18

Jordan M. Smith –
Monday Memo: Sundance Institute & Kartemquin Announce Grantees – 11/5/18
Monday Memo: Cinema Eye Honors Noms, Critics’ Choice Doc Awards & AMAZING GRACE at DOC NYC – 11/12/18
Monday Memo: Independent Spirit Noms and an Independent Criterion Channel – 11/19/18

October 2018 — Features, Musings & More

M. Faust –
Rumble: The Indians that Rocked the World – 10/23/18
Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival – 10/31/18

Adam Lubitow –
Film preview: Witness Palestine Rochester – 10/1/18
Film preview: The Rochester Polish Film Festival – 10/29/18

Matt Marshall –
Box Office: Hart, Haddish Comedy, ‘Night School’ Becomes Weekend Valedictorian – 10/1/18
Box Office: ‘Venom’ Shatters October Record, ‘A Star is Born’ Shines with $42M – 10/7/18
Box Office: ‘Venom,’ ‘A Star is Born’ Repeat Above ‘First Man’ and ‘Goosebumps’ – 10/14/18
Box Office: ‘Halloween’ Slashes to Best Franchise Debut, Opens Shy of ‘Venom’ October Record – 10/21/18
Box Office: ‘Halloween’ Slices to Another $32M, ‘A Star is Born’ and ‘Venom’ Hold Strong – 10/28/18
Why the 2018 Holiday Box Office Could Lack Its First $100M Opener Since 2008 – 10/29/18

Jared Mobarak –
Posterized October 2018: ‘Burning,’ ‘Suspiria,’ ‘First Man,’ and More – 10/4/18
The Film Stage Show, The B-Side Podcast – Anne Hathaway – 10/15/18

Christopher Schobert –
A spooky October calendar for families – 10/9/18

Jeff Simon –
Time to step back and admire Robert Redford’s late-life career – 10/2/18
How Keith Jarrett, Elvis and Shostakovich sound new again – 10/6/18
Everyone always liked Conan O’Brien; no one likes him enough – 10/8/18
Bobby Previte: Home comes the musical master to present travel music – 10/11/18
Jeff Simon selects his top 15 Robert Redford films – 10/16/18
Joey Giambra is my nomination for Buffalo’s most beloved citizen – 10/19/18
‘Murphy’ was never worse; ‘Conners’ may be better than ever – 10/23/18
On Megyn Kelly’s unfathomable, jaw-dropping ignorance – 10/26/18

Jordan M. Smith –
Monday Memo: The Return – 10/8/18
Monday Memo: DOC NYC 2018 Lineup & IDA Awards Shortlist Announced – 10/15/18
Monday Memo: DOC NYC 40 Under 40, Critics’ Choice & Gotham Award Noms – 10/22/18

September 2018 — Features, Musings & More

M. Faust –
RIP Gloria Jean – 9/10/18
Screening: Wanda at the North Park – 9/12/18

Adam Lubitow –
Flicks and treats – 9/19/18

Matt Marshall –
Box Office: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Soars Beyond $100M Over Labor Day Weekend – 9/3/18
Box Office: ‘The Nun’ Scares Away ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ From Repeat, Sets ‘Conjuring’ Record – 9/9/18
Box Office: ‘The Predator’ Not Quite a Dominant Force with Okay $24M Opening – 9/17/18
Box Office: ‘The House with a Clock in Its Walls’ Strikes a $27M Win, Other Newcomers Miss – 9/23/18

George Sax –
Golden Boy at the Irish Classical – 9/18/18

Christopher Schobert –
Fall movies: A guide to local festivals, special screenings – 9/26/18
Buffalo’s hottest new start-ups – 9/28/18

Jeff Simon –
RIP, Village Voice: America’s alternative newspaper – 9/5/18
Jim Carrey returns to TV in Showtime’s ‘Kidding’ – 9/6/18
Serena Williams was TV victim of another century’s revenge – 9/10/18
Bob Woodward on tour, selling his ‘trust me’ journalism method – 9/14/18
Brand new kind of fandom for singers in 80s and 90s – 9/19/18
With all that real sound and fury, ‘Murphy Brown’ was just smug nostalgia – 9/30/18

Jordan M. Smith –
Monday Memo: Fall Festival Season Ramps Up, Village Voice Shuts Down – 9/3/18

August 2018 — Features, Musings & More

M. Faust –
Buffalo Film Seminars: Fall 2018 – 8/8/18
The Market Arcade: What Could Have Been – 8/14/18

Matt Marshall –
Box Office: ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ Repeats with Strong $35M Second Weekend – 8/6/18
Box Office: ‘The Meg’ Takes a Major Bite Out of a ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ Trifecta – 8/12/18
Box Office: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Holds Like Crazy as ‘Happytime Murders’ Opens Sad – 8/26/18

Jared Mobarak –
Posterized August 2018: ‘The Meg,’ ‘BlacKkKlansman,’ ‘Skate Kitchen,’ and More – 8/3/18

David Palmer –
2018 Summer Box Office Recap – 8/31/18

Christopher Schobert —
Coming Attractions – August 2018 Buffalo Spree
Essential Noir at the Dipson Eastern Hills – August Forever Young
Playground perfection: here are six great spots to take the kids – 8/6/18
Grand Island’s Comic Book Cafe is a kid-friendly superhero mecca – 8/13/18
Noir Essentials film series explores the Coen Brothers’ America – 8/15/18
Buffalo Film Seminars to feature works by Kurosawa, Lynch, Scorsese – 8/21/18
Thursday Night Terrors sends in the ‘Killer Klowns,’ ‘Living Dead’ – 8/23/18
Behind the names of 11 local spots – 8/24/18

Jeff Simon –
Dis-invitation? It never works the way dis-inviters want it to – 8/1/18
Inspired six-year collaboration becomes Buffalo’s ‘Outlaw Film of the Year’ – 8/3/18
As summer wanes, some adventures in books and sound – 8/7/18
Aretha, The One and Only, Forever – 8/17/18
Omarosa makes waves on the way to the best-seller list – 8/21/18
‘Sharp Objects’ finale gets sharp reaction – 8/28/18
How pop culture helped to normalize extremism – 8/31/18

Jordan M. Smith –
Monday Memo: Russian Filmmakers Killed in Africa as REST IN POWER Reaches Audiences – 8/6/18
Monday Memo: Minding TIFF’s Doc Conference – 8/20/18
Monday Memo: Hulu on a Roll as NYFF Reveals Doc Lineup – 8/27/18

July 2018 — Features, Musings & More

Adam Lubitow —
Interview: filmmaker Amy Adrion – 7/6/18

M. Faust —
The Prisoner – 7/3/18
Sing-along Yellow Submarine – 7/8/18
Catcher in the Rye With Diamonds – 7/17/18

Matt Marshall —
BOX OFFICE: ‘JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM’ ‘INCREDIBLES 2’ REPEAT HEADING INTO FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY – 7/1/18
BOX OFFICE: ‘ANT-MAN AND THE WASP’ SCORES MARVEL’S 20TH NUMBER ONE WITH $76M OPENING – 7/8/18
BOX OFFICE: ‘HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3’ TOWERS OVER ‘SKYSCRAPER’ WITH SOLID $44 MILLION START – 7/15/18
BOX OFFICE: ‘THE EQUALIZER’ AND ‘MAMMA MIA’ SEQUELS LEAD WEEKEND, TOP ORIGINALS – 7/23/18
Box Office: ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ Sets New Heights for Franchise, Second Best for Cruise – 7/29/18

Jared Mobarak –
Posterized July 2018: ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout,’ ‘Sorry to Bother You,’ ‘The First Purge,’ and More – 7/3/18

David Palmer —
The Best and Worst of 2018 in Film (so far) – 7/2/18

Christopher Schobert —
July 2018 Coming AttractionsBuffalo Spree
Get outside and active with the kids at these fun spots – 7/23/18
In 24 hours, TIFF18 begins — sort of – 7/23/18
‘Kong,’ ‘Casablanca,’ Hitchcock and more classic cinema plays the Riviera – 7/26/18
TIFF18’s first batch – 7/26/18

Jeff Simon —
‘Sharp Objects’ leads off summertime ‘Peak TV’ – 7/5/18
Remembering Al Wright, the man who redrew Buffalo’s cultural map – 7/11/18
Jeff Simon: Some books for beach reading, now that the season is here – 7/13/18
Fond farewell to Kevin O’Connell, an all-time No. 2 – 7/17/18
Sacha Baron Cohen and the diminishing returns of humiliation – 7/17/18
ESPN’s ESPYs weren’t about sports – they were about life – 7/19/18
For eerily boyish Tom Cruise, a vast world of movie roles awaits – 7/24/18

Jordan M. Smith —
Monday Memo: FOCAL Award Winners, New Academy Members and Emmy Predictions – 7/2/18
Monday Memo: Claude Lanzmann Dead at 92 – 7/9/18
Monday Memo: Primetime Emmy Nominees, Biographical Doc Debates and Drone Cinema – 7/16/18
Monday Memo: Independent Lens Reveals Fall/Winter Lineup – 7/23/18
Monday Memo: Newly Revealed Festival Premieres, DOC NYC’s 40 Under 40, Emmy Noms – 7/30/18