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THE HOBBIT—Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings prequel. Starring Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott and Graham McTavish. Reviewed this issue. Aurora, Flix, Hamburg Palace, Market Arcade, Elmwood, Niagara Falls, Quaker, Transit, Walden Galleria

McKinley Mall Cinema Goes Second-Run Bargain Theater

If you wince at the expense of taking the family out for a night at the movies but hate the often poor quality of bargain-priced second-run houses, you’re in luck. The McKinley Mall Cinema in Hamburg, owned and run by the local Dipson Theaters chain, is going to a second-run policy beginning this weekend. Tickets will be $1.75 for most films, which is less than half of what other similar theaters usually charge. (Films in 3D will be $4.)

What makes this a real bargain is that all screens in the McKinley are digitally equipped, so you won’t have to deal with poor presentation due to prints that have been worn down by the time the theater gets them. The opening week schedule balances popular family-oriented films—Finding Nemo, Brave, Arthur Christmas, Hotel Transylvania, Pitch Perfect—with movies for older audiences: Looper, Alex Cross, Taken 2, and Sinister.

All Dipson Theaters offer half-price concessions on Tuesdays and other specials through Facebook. Tickets can also be purchased on line at

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THE OTHER SON—Two young men, one Israeli, the other Palestinian, learn that they were switched at birth. Starring Emmanuelle Devos, Pascal Elbé and Jules Sitruk. Directed by Lorraine Levy (London Mon Amour.) Reviewed this issue. Eastern Hills


CENDRILLION—Jules Massenet’s operhouse adaptation of Cinderella. From the Royal Opera House in London. Conducted by Bertrand de Billy. Directed by Laurent Pelly. Choreographed by Laura Scozzi. Starring Joyce DiDonato, Eglise Gutiérrez and Alice Coote. Amherst, Eastern Hills

A CHRISTMAS CAROL (England, 1951)—Originally titled Srooge, this is generally considered the best film version of the classic Charles Dickens story, with Alistair Sim as the infamous miser. Look for Patrick Macnee, “The Avengers’” John Steed, as the young Jacob Marley. Also starring Kathleen Harrison, Mervyn Johns, Hermione Baddeley, Ernest Thesiger, and Hattie Jacques. Screening Room

THE END OF SUBURBIA—Documentary that examines the issue of America’s sprawling lifestyle and whether it can be sustained in the era of post-peak oil production. Sat 7 pm. Angola Screening Room, Center & North Main. Village of Angola

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)—Jimmy Stewart gets to see what life for his friends and community would have been like had he never lived in Frank Capra’s holiday classic. Co-starring Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers, Beulah Bondi, Frank Faylen, Ward Bond, Gloria Grahame, H.B. Warner, Frank Albertson, Sheldon Leonard, and Charles Lane. Screening Room

THE NUTCRACKER—The San Francisco Ballet’s annual production of what is probably the world’s most popular ballet. Screening Room

THE STORY OF FILM: AN ODYSSEY—The seventh and final installment of the epic documentary by Irish film critic Mark Cousins, an ambitious history of cinema that covers the global filmmaking community from the 1890s through the present day. If you don’t have four years to spend in film school, this is the next best thing. Screening Room

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