With Election day getting frighteningly closer, the Retro Classics series (an offshoot of Retrofantasm) at the Carolina Theatre in Durham is having a scary flashback to the post-Watergate era Friday evening with a double feature of paranoid political thrillers: Alan J. Pakula’s “The Parallax View” (1974), and Sydney Pollack’s “Three Days of the Condor” (1976). “The Parallax View” stars Warren Beatty as a reporter who gets brainwashed into being an assassin by an evil corporation, while “Three Days of the Condor” features Robert Redford as a CIA researcher on the run from an ominous rogue element of the U.S. government. The conspiracy-themed double bill begins at 7, and admission is $8 ($6.25 for Star members). Details: 919-560-3030; www.festivals.carolinatheatre.org/retrofantasma.
- Other Highlights: • Also Friday evening, the N.C. Museum of Art’s fall film series “The Women of Film Noir” continues with Howard Hawk’s 1946 classic “The Big Sleep,” starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. The film, which will be introduced by NCMA film curator Laura Boyes, 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; ncartmuseum.org/calendar. • Monday night in Durham, Duke’s Screen/Society’s Cine-East series: Japanese Foundation Film Series is showing Negishi Kichitaro’s “Dog in a Sidecar” (2008) at the Bryan Center Griffith Film Theater at 7. Also at Duke on Wednesday night, the Feminism & Freedom Film Series is presenting Lee Chang-dong’s “Secret Sunshine” (aka “Milyang”) (2007) at East Duke 108 at 7. Both screenings are free. Details: 919-660-3030; ami.trinity.duke.edu/screensociety. • Also Monday night at N.C. State, there will be a special screening of Jarreth J. Merz and Kevin Merz’s 2011 documentary “An African Election” at the Witherspoon Student Center as part of the African Diaspora Film Festival. At the same venue on Wednesday night, WISE and the Union Activities Board is sponsoring a screening of Jason Arthurs’ 2012 documentary “Without a Fight,” which will be followed by a Q and A with Arthurs and producer Beth-Ann Kutchma. Both nights’ screenings start at 7 and are free. Details: 919-515-5146; www.ncsu.edu/cinema.