The Erie County Fair is in full swing, stores are deep in back-to-school sales, and studios are releasing not-good-enough-for-prime-release-date genre fare like “The Expendables 3.” This all means summer is just about over, but kids and teens still have a few film-going options.
For example, another free outdoor movie is scheduled for Aug. 15 at Chestnut Ridge Park, and it’s a classic: “The Wizard of Oz.”
Another beloved childrens’ film, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” screens at the Aurora Theatre at 11 a.m. Aug. 13.
Regal Cinemas’ Summer Movie Express continues at the Transit and Orchard Park theaters with two so-so selections, “The Croods” on Aug. 12 and “Epic” on Aug. 13.
Older kids who have not yet seen this summer’s quite good “Godzilla,” or simply want to see it again, the monster smash screens at UB’s North Campus on Aug. 12 and 15 and at South Campus on Aug. 13. And if teens want to re-live the films of my youth, “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” and “Wayne’s World” are this week’s Transit Drive-In Retro Tuesday picks on Aug. 12.
However, for more discerning teens ready for something more ambitious than “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” there is no better selection than Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood.” Now playing at Dipson’s Amherst and Eastern Hills theaters and Orchard Park’s Quaker Crossing, the much hyped drama filmed with the same cast over the course of 12 years will grab most audience members, hard.
Teenagers will likely find much to identify with, since the film’s protagonist, Mason (Ellar Coltrane), is one of the most “normal” big-screen kids in some time. “Boyhood” is actually one parents and older teens might enjoy seeing together. It’s that good.
And mom and dad don’t have to miss out this week, either, with “The Big Lebowski” on Aug. 12 at Canalside, “Beverly Hills Cop” at the Regal Quaker Crossing cinema on Aug. 13 and “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” at Bacchus on Aug. 13. Should you have some masochistic desire to subject yourself to one of the worst high-concept comedies in recent memory, “The Changeup” screen at Bacchus the next night.