The best film picks, Jan. 4

CorrespondentJanuary 3, 2013 

Laslo Benedek’s 1971 Swedish thriller “The Night Visitor,” with Max von Sydow as an insane farmer who escapes from an asylum to get revenge on his sister, Liv Ullmann, right.

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  • Other Highlights: • Also Wednesday evening, the N.C. State Ski and Snowboard club presents a special screening of the new Never Summer Industries snowboarding documentary “Days of Chunder” at the Witherspoon Student Center Cinema. It starts at 7. Free. Details: 919-515-5146; www.ncsu.edu/cinema.

On Wednesday night, the Colony Theater’s Cinema Overdrive series presents Laslo Benedek’s 1971 Swedish thriller “The Night Visitor,” which features Max von Sydow as an insane farmer who escapes from an asylum to get revenge on his sister (Liv Ullmann) and her husband (Per Oscarsson) for framing him for murder.

Although it received mostly mixed reviews in its original release, A.H. Weiler wrote in the New York Times that it was “an uncommonly fascinating film shot in beautiful color against authentic wintry Swedish and Danish backgrounds,” and that the cast all give “taut but controlled performances that underline the tensions that make ‘The Night Visitor’ a captivating, moody and scenic thriller.” It starts at 8, and admission is $5.00. Details: 919-847-5677; www.ambassadorcinemas.com.

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