Film Picks

The best movie picks, April 20 - April 26

April 20, 2012 

  • Other highlights • Also Friday in Durham, the Carolina Theatre’s monthly Retrofantasm series has a double feature dubbed “Groovy ‘B’ Movies Live Forever Baby”: Richard Ciupka’s 1983 thriller “Curtains,” and Philippe Mora’s 1982 horror flick “The Beast Within.” The double bill begins at 7, and admission is $8 ($6.25 for Star members). 919-560-3030; • On Monday night at the N.C. State Campus Cinema, the 10th Annual Africana Studies African Diaspora Film Series presents Kareem Edoard ’s 2005 documentary “Bling: Consequences and Repercussions.” After the film there will be a panel discussion moderated by filmmaker Dante James, assistant director of the African American Cultural Center. The panelists will be Thomas Easley, Director of the Community for Diversity, College of Natural Resources, performance artist Sandra Dubose and Rev. Carl Kinney. It starts at 7. Free. Details: 919-515-5146; • Thursday night, the Internationalist Bookstore in Chapel Hill presents Sandy Cioffi’s 2009 documentary “Sweet Crude” for their “Croatan Earth First!” Movie Night. It starts at 7. Free. Details: 919-942-1740; • Also Thursday night in Cary, the Galaxy Cinema’s Hi-Def Hitch series (Alfred Hitchcock films in high-definition) continues with the 1960 thriller classic “Psycho,” starring Anthony Perkins as the iconic character Norman Bates. It starts at 7, and admission is $15 ($13 for Galaxy members).Details: 919-463-9959;

The 5th season of “Mad Men,” currently airing on AMC, is set in 1966, but Friday’s “Mad About Mad Men” film series selection at the N.C. Museum of Art looks back at 1962 with the retro rom-com “Down With Love” (2003). Ewan McGregor and Renée Zellweger star in this New York City-set battle of the sexes scenario that was directed by Raleigh native Peyton Reed.

Onion A.V. Club critic Nathan Rabin wrote that “Down About Love” was “about the glorious absurdity of the mating ritual, about our wonderfully bogus cinematic history, and a space-age future as filtered through an Art Deco past.” The screening will be introduced by NCMA film curator Laura Boyes. It starts at 8, and tickets are $5 ($3.50 for students and NCMA, Cinema Inc., and Galaxy Cinema members). Details: 919-715-5923;

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