The best film picks, Jan. 11

CorrespondentJanuary 10, 2013 

From left, James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich in "Destry Rides Again."


  • Other Highlights: • Friday night in Durham, Carolina Theatre’s Retrofantasma series serves up a couple of “Science Fiction Masterpieces of 1968”: Franklin J. Schaffner’s “Planet of the Apes” and Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey.” The double bill begins at 7, and admission is $8 ($6.25 for Star members). 919-560-3030; • Saturday night, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will host the Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation Film Festival. The evening will feature EC (Environmental Challenge) Student presentations and a keynote speech by Tom Earnhardt of Exploring NC. The event starts at 6. Free. Details: 919-856-1180; • Sunday night at the Rialto, the Cinema Inc. will be screening Debra Granik’s disturbing drama “Winter’s Bone” (2010), starring Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes and Garret Dillahunt. It starts at 7, and season passes are $16. Details: 919-787-7611; • Wednesday night at the Colony Theater, the Cool Classics series presents a screening of Guy Ritchie’s 1998 debut as writer/director: “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.” The acclaimed British crime thriller stars Jason Flemyng, Nick Moran, Jason Statham, Vinnie Jones, and features a cameo by pop superstar Sting. It starts at 7:30, and admission is $5. Details: 847:5677;

Starting Friday night, the N.C. Museum of Art is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Universal Studios with screenings of new prints of a selection of their classics. First up, George Marshall’s 1939 Western “Destry Rides Again,” starring James Stewart, Marlene Dietrich and Brian Donlevy. Also known by the title “The Man From Montana,” the film courted controversy with an intense bar brawl between Dietrich and Una Merkel, that many a critic has considered one of the greatest cat-fights in cinema history. NCMA Film Curator Laura Boyes will introduce the film. (See story, page xx.)

It starts at 8 at the Museum Auditorium in the East Building, and tickets are $7 ($5 for students and NCMA and Cinema Inc. members). Details: 919-715-5923;

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