The best film picks, Oct. 26

CorrespondentOctober 25, 2012 

Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 epic “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” starring Gary Oldman in the title role will be part of a double feature Friday night as part of Carolina Theatre's monthly Retrofantasma series.


  • Other Highlights: • Also Friday evening, the N.C. Museum of Art’s fall film series “The Women of Film Noir” continues with Curtis Hanson’ 1998 crime thriller “L.A. Confidential,” starring Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kevin Spacey and Kim Basinger, whose role as femme fatale Lynn Bracken won her an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. The film, which will be introduced by Marsha Orgeron, Director of Film Studies at N.C. State University, starts at 8 at the Museum Auditorium in the East Building. Tickets are $5 ($3.50 for students and NCMA, Cinema Inc. and Galaxy Cinema members). Details: 919-715-5923; • Also Friday night in Durham, Duke’s Screen/Society’s Cine-East series: The Memory Project is showing Zou Xueping’s 2011 documentary “Satiated Village” at White 107 (White Lecture Hall). It starts at 7, and director Xueping will be on hand for a Q&A after the screening. At Duke on Monday night, the Cine-East: Japan Foundation Film series is presenting Uchida Kenji’s 2004 rom-com, “A Stranger of Mine,” at the Bryan Center Griffith Film Theater at 7. Both screenings are free. Details: 660-3030; • Saturday night the Colony Theater’s Cinema Overdrive series is presenting a Wes Craven double feature of “Last House on the Left” (1972), and “The Hills Have Eyes” (1977). It starts at 9:30 p.m., and admission is $8.50. Details: 847-5677, • Sunday night at N.C. State, there will be a special screening of Isaac Brown’s 2012 documentary “Terra Blight,” about Americans’ consumption and disposal of computers. It will be shown at the Witherspoon Student Center. Director Brown and producer Paula Habib will participate in a Q&A following the film. At the same venue on Monday night, Joanne Hershfield’s 2012 documentary “Mama C: Urban Warrior in the African Bush” will be shown as part of the African Diaspora Film Festival. Both films start at 7 p.m. and are free. Details: 919-515-5146; • Thursday night at the Varsity Theater in Chapel Hill, the Ackland Film Forum is screening Mori Masaki’s 1983 animated feature, “Barefoot Gen,” the third film in the series “Aesthetics of the End: Cinema of Apocalypse in Japan.” It starts at 7, and it’s free. Details: 919-967-8665;

As Halloween is right around the corner, it’s the season to go see scary movies, and the Carolina Theatre in Durham is serving up a doozy of a double feature Friday night as part of their monthly Retrofantasma series. Two vastly different takes on the legend of Dracula will be shown: Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 epic “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” starring Gary Oldman in the title role, and John Badham’s “Dracula” (aka “Dracula ’79”), starring Frank Langella as the iconic Count. The double bill begins at 7, and admission is $8 ($6.25 for Star members). Details: 919-560-3030;

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