The return of the Niagara Falls International Film Festival in September will be of special interest to classic movie fans.
The second NFIFF, which runs from Sept. 18 to 21, opens with a red carpet event on Sept. 18 in the Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls) and continues with screenings in the Regal Cinemas Hollywood 12 in Niagara Falls through the end of the festival.
Highlights include a celebration of the career of director Samuel Fuller with his wife and daughter – Christa and Samantha Fuller – in attendance. The event will show such Fuller classics as “The Naked Kiss” (1964), “Hell and High Water” (1954), “Shock Corridor” (1963) and “The Big Red One” (1980), which will be the closing night’s film. Samantha Fuller’s documentary about her father, “A Fuller Life,” will be screened as well.
NFIFF also includes a visit from Oscar-winner Louis Gossett Jr. who will attend with his film “The Reason,” as well as Xander Berkeley (“The Walking Dead,” “24”) and Jackson Rathbone (“The Twilight Saga”), who will be on hand for Magdalena Zyzak’s “The Wall of Mexico.”
For the full list of films and more info, visit nfiff.com.
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The month’s schedule
Here’s a look at classic and repertory films, plus special movie events, in the Buffalo area throughout September.
“The Asphalt Jungle,” 7 p.m. Sept. 17 in the Dipson Amherst Theatre. Sterling Hayden stars in director John Huston’s 1950 heist thriller. Part of Buffalo Film Seminars. Be there for the pre- and post-film talks.
“Demons 2,” 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Sept. 19 in the Dipson Amherst Theater. “Thursday Night Terrors” mastermind Peter Vullo makes it a tradition to program one Italian horror film since he showed the original “Demons” in his first series. Now, he’s got the 1986 sequel, also from director Lamberto Bava (son of Mario Bava) and co-written and produced by Dario Argento.
“El Norte,” 2 p.m. Sept. 15 in the Regal Transit. Set against the backdrop of the Guatemalan Civil War, this 1983 critically acclaimed independent film remains as relevant today as when it was made. USA Today calls it “The quintessential film about immigration” as it follows two siblings looking for a better life in the United States.
“Friends: The One with the Anniversary,” 7 p.m. Sept. 23, 28 and Oct. 2 in the Regal Elmwood, Transit and Walden Galleria. OK, it’s not a movie but it is a big-screen event in honor of the 25th anniversary of the popular TV show. Four different episodes will be shown each night (total run time each evening is about 100 minutes). Visit fathomevents.com.
“Lawrence of Arabia,” 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1 and 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4 in the Regal Elmwood and Transit. Plus 6 p.m. Sept. 4 in the Dipson Amherst. David Lean’s epic is one of those don’t-miss-on-the-big-screen films. Part of the TCM Big Screen Classics.
“Pulp Fiction,” 6 p.m. Sept. 21 in the Screening Room Cinema Cafe (Boulevard Mall). The 25th anniversary event starts with a local beer tasting at 6 p.m. from Tasty Burgers and Pizza, followed by a dance contest at 7 p.m. and the movie at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $25.
“The Shawshank Redemption,” 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22; and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24 and Wednesday, Sept. 25 in the Regal Elmwood and Transit theaters. Plus 7 p.m. Sept. 25 in the Dipson Amherst. Screening is part of a 25th anniversary celebration of the Oscar-nominated film based on a short story by Stephen King. It has been selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
“Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” 1 and 4 p.m. Sept. 15 and 4 and 7 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Regal Elmwood and Transit theaters. These 40th anniversary screenings of the first “Star Trek” feature film – starring the original cast – will be shown in the original 1979 theatrical release and with Jerry Goldsmith’s overture.
“Umberto D.,” 7 p.m. Sept. 24 in the Dipson Amherst Theatre. Vittorio De Sica’s 1952 drama about an elderly man and his struggle against poverty is heartbreaking. Part of Buffalo Film Seminars.
“Unfaithfully Yours,” 7 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Dipson Amherst Theatre. Preston Sturges’ screwball comedy stars Rex Harrison and Linda Darnell. That’s all you need to know – be there. Part of Buffalo Film Seminars.
“Wait Until Dark,” 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13 and 14. Screening Room Cinema Café. A blind woman (played by Audrey Hepburn) is terrorized in her apartment by thugs looking for drugs hidden in a doll. Co-starring Efrem Zimbalist Jr. and Alan Arkin.
“You Are Here: A Come From Away Story,” 7 p.m. Sept. 11 in the Regal Elmwood and Transit theaters. On September 11, 2001, 38 planes were forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland after the terrorist attacks. More than 6,000 people were cared for by the residents of the small Canadian town, as depicted in this documentary. The story also inspired the hit Broadway musical “Come From Away,” which will be at Shea’s Buffalo Theatre from Oct. 15 to 20.
“Zeroville,” Starts Sept. 29 in the Screening Room Cinema Café (times and dates to be announced). Buffalo premiere of film starring James Franco as a naïve film fan traveling through Hollywood with Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift tattooed on his head. Seth Rogen, Danny McBride, Jacki Weaver and Megan Fox co-star.