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THE BLUE ANGEL (1930): Marlene Dietrich’s breakthrough role was as Lola Lola in Josef Von Sternberg’s classic Weimar-era tale of a respectable, middle-aged professor (Emil Jannings) who becomes tragically obsessed with a cabaret singer. Dryden (Wed, Aug 8, 8 p.m.)

THE BOURNE LEGACY (PG-13): “Michael Clayton” director Tony Gilroy (he’s written all the 21st century “Bourne” installments) directs Jeremy Renner as he steps into the leading role of this successful franchise to play CIA operative Aaron Cross, helping a new cast of characters clean up Jason Bourne’s mess. With Edward Norton, Rachel Weisz, and Albert Finney. Brockport, Canandaigua, Culver, Geneseo, Greece, Pittsford, Tinseltown, Vintage

THE CAMPAIGN (R): Will Ferrell headlines the latest from “Austin Powers” director Jay Roach as a four-term North Carolina congressman whose fall from grace leaves him vulnerable to opposition by a naive challenger (Zach Galifianakis). Featuring Brian Cox, John Lithgow, and Dan Aykroyd. Brockport, Canandaigua, Culver, Geneseo, Greece, Pittsford, Tinseltown, Vintage

EL BULLI: COOKING IN PROGRESS (2011): This beautifully filmed documentary chronicles one of the final seasons in the life of Ferran Adrià’s acclaimed and innovative restaurant on Spain’s Catalan coast. Dryden (Sat, Aug 11, 8 p.m., and Sun, Aug 12, 5 p.m.)

HOPE SPRINGS (PG-13): Oscar winners Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones star in this romantic comedy-drama as a long-married couple who attend an intense counseling retreat to work on their relationship. With Steve Carell, Jean Smart, and Elisabeth Shue. Canandaigua, Culver, Geneseo, Greece, Little, Pittsford, Tinseltown

JURASSIC PARK (1993): “Yeah, but, John, if ‘The Pirates of the Caribbean’ breaks down, the pirates don’t eat the tourists.” Dryden (Fri, Aug 10, 8 p.m., and Sun, Aug 12, 2 p.m.)

RUBY SPARKS (R): Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris follow up 2006’s “Little Miss Sunshine” with this romantic fantasy about a novelist (Paul Dano) whose infatuation with a character he created brings her to life. Co-starring Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening, and screenwriter Zoe Kazan as Ruby. Little, Pittsford

WHAT ABOUT BOB? (1991): Bill Murray, Richard Dreyfuss, and Julie Hagerty star in this Frank Oz comedy about a manipulative obsessive-compulsive who tracks down his psychiatrist on vacation with his family. Dryden (Thu, Aug 9, 8:30 p.m.)

THE WINDOW (1949): This film noir based on Cornell Woolrich’s short story “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” earned a special Oscar for young Bobby Driscoll, playing a kid who witnesses a murder in the Lower East Side tenements. Dryden (Tue, Aug 14, 8 p.m.)


THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (PG-13): Andrew Garfield shoulders the Peter Parker mantle for this reboot from “(500) Days of Summer” director Marc Webb, in which our hero sets out to learn the truth about his missing parents and takes on The Lizard. With Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, and Sally Field as Aunt May. Canandaigua, Culver, Tinseltown, Vintage

THE AVENGERS (PG-13): Writer-director Joss Whedon marshals Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and the rest of Nick Fury’s Avenger Initiative to save the planet from Loki and his minions. With Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, and everyone else. Cinema

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD (PG-13): The winner of the Grand Jury and Cinematography Prizes at Sundance 2012 is Benh Zeitlin’s bayou fable centered around 6-year-old Hushpuppy (newcomer Quvenzhané Wallis), on a mission to find her mom after environmental changes cause her dad to fall ill… and unleash a gaggle of prehistoric creatures. Little

BRAVE (PG): Finally, a Pixar heroine: Kelly Macdonald (HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”) voices Merida, a willful Scottish princess who must rely on her archery skills to undo a curse brought about by her reckless defiance. With Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, and, of course, John Ratzenberger. Canandaigua

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (PG-13): The what? Never heard of it. Canandaigua, Culver. Geneseo, Greece, Pittsford, Tinseltown, Vintage

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS (PG): The third film in the franchise combines the third and fourth books in the series for a look at the hilarity and lesson-learning that ensues when Greg’s plans for the summer go awry. Canandaigua, Culver, Geneseo, Greece, Pittsford, Tinseltown, Vintage

ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT (PG): The latest installment of this popular animated franchise follows mammoth Manny, saber-toothed Diego, and sloth Sid on another adventure that probably never happened. Featuring the voices of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, and Denis Leary. Canandaigua, Culver, Geneseo, Greece, Pittsford, Tinseltown

MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE’S MOST WANTED (PG): The gang finds itself in Monte Carlo on its way back to NYC, where the animals join up with a traveling circus making the rounds of Europe’s capital cities. Featuring the voices of Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Chris Rock. Canandaigua

MOONRISE KINGDOM (PG-13): Wes Anderson’s first live-action film since 2007’s “The Darjeeling Limited” is also his first period piece, romantic 60’s-era whimsy in which two young teens run off together, prompting a town-wide search party. With Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Bruce Willis, and Edward Norton. Little, Pittsford

TO ROME WITH LOVE (R): Writer-director Woody Allen continues his globetrotting ways, this time touching down in The Eternal City for another comedy about the intertwined romantic adventures of various Caucasians. With Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, and Allen himself. Pittsford

STEP UP: REVOLUTION (PG-13): The fourth film in the successful “Step Up” series takes place in Miami, where the daughter of a wealthy businessman sparks with a young man from a dance crew, then some bad stuff happens but everything probably turns out OK. Canandaigua, Culver

TED (R): This profane comedy from “Family Guy” creator Seth McFarlane envisions what happens when one of those moviemaking clichés — the talking stuffed animal — grows up along with the boy who wished him into existence. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, and McFarlane himself as the voice of Ted. Canandaigua, Culver, Greece, Tinseltown, Vintage

TOTAL RECALL (PG-13): Colin Farrell, Jessica Biel, and Kate Beckinsale star in Len Wiseman’s loose adaptation of a Philip K. Dick short story about a frustrated factory worker whose harmless virtual escapism leads to a revelation that makes him a hunted man. Brockport, Canandaigua, Culver, Geneseo, Greece, Pittsford, Tinseltown, Vintage

THE WATCH (R): Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and Renaissance man Richard Ayoade lead the cast of this comedy, co-written by “Superbad” scripters Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, about a group of suburban dads whose neighborhood patrol battles aliens hoping to take over the Earth.Canandaigua, Culver, Geneseo, Greece, Tinseltown, Vintage



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