It seems almost shocking that somewhere along the way Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton never starred in a film directed by Rob Reiner. Surely, this trio of stars — all of varying popularity these days — must have collaborated during their peak-fame periods in the 1980s and 1990s?
Alas, “And So It Goes” (note: not a Kurt Vonnegut biopic) is their first film together, and it seems wise choice for all concerned. There is always a dearth of adult stories, and this one, in which Douglas plays a self-centered realtor and Keaton his neighbor, seems to fall square in the “Something’s Gotta Give”/“It’s Complicated” category.
You can find out at 7:30 p.m. on July 9 at the North Park Theatre as the film is presented as part of the New York Film Critics Series. Rob Reiner will make a live streaming appearance to discuss the film with groan-inducing Rolling Stone film critic Peter Travers.
While Reiner has not helmed a great film since the mid-1990s, he is fresh off a fine, funny supporting role in Martin Scorsese’s “Wolf of Wall Street.” As “Behind the Candelabra” proved, Douglas is still full of surprises, and Keaton still intrigues. So while the Reiner discussion is a real selling point, perhaps the “And So It Goes” will prove a pleasant diversion.
If not, it’s still a neat way to see a new film a few days early — it opens on July 18 — and also hear a bit about the creative process. Surely, that’s preferable to “Transformers: Age of Extinction.”
For more info, visit northparktheatre.org.
In other local screening news, the family-friendly Regal Cinemas Summer Movie Express continues with “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” on July 8 and “The Pirates: Band of Misfits” on July 9. Both start at 10 a.m. at the Quaker Crossing and Transit Regal theaters.
Also at the Quaker Crossing, Regal’s Classic Film Series continues at 2 and 7 p.m. on July 9 with “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” Yes, the Gene Wilder version, thankfully.
Wes Anderson’s great “Grand Budapest Hotel” is showing outdoors at UB’s North Campus in Amherst on July 8 and July 11 and the South Campus on July 9.
Transit Drive-In’s next Retro Tuesday on July 8 offers “The Goonies” at 9 :15 p.m. and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” at 11:30.
And in addition to “A Hard Day’s Night,” which is showing on July 8, 10 and 12, Amherst’s Screening Room presents the Buffalo/Niagara Indie Short Film Festival at 7:30 p.m. on July 7. It’s a benefit for the Niagara Art and Cultural Center, and a great reason to get out and support your local indies.