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Tuesday: Buster Keaton at the Buffalo Film Seminars

Santa wasn’t terribly good to moviegoers this holiday season (and how ironic that the Oscar people chose to double their pool of nominees to ten in a year when it’s hard to think of five candidates for Best Picture!) Thank god the Buffalo Film Seminar will be resuming to boost our weekly selection of movies made by adults for adults. As usual, the series begins with a silent classic, in this case Buster Keaton’s 1926 comedy The General. Don’t believe anything so old can be funny? Well, it’s rated #18 on the American Film Institute’s list of the top 100 comedies, ahead of His Girl Friday, A Fish Called Wanda and When Harry Met Sally. Other highlights in the weeks to come include Night of the Hunter (1955), the only film directed by Charles Laughton (Feb. 9); Peter Yates’ long-neglected The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973), starring Robert Mitchum (March 16); and on March 23, John Cassavetes’ alternately maddening and fascinating A Woman Under the Influence (1974). And if you’re surprised to see the likes of Stanley Kubrick’s Steven King adaptation The Shining or Michael Mann’s Collateral in this company, you can be sure seminar presenters Bruce Jackson and Diane English will make a compelling case for them. Visit buffalofilmseminars.com for full screening schedule.

—m. faust

Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre, 639 Main St. / Tuesdays at 7pm, Jan. 12 – Apr. 20 / $8.50 adults, $6.50 students (with ID), $6 seniors, discount series tickets available / 855-3022 / buffalofilmseminars.com