The best film picks, Jan. 18

CorrespondentJanuary 17, 2013 

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Peter Staley in the documentary, “How To Survive a Plague."

COURTESY OF PUBLIC SQUARE FILMS

  • More information Other Highlights: •  Friday night, the long-running Retrofantasma series is offering a double feature dubbed “Who’s Laughing Now!?” of Sam Raimi’s “The Evil Dead,” (1981), and its sequel “Evil Dead II,” (1987) at the Carolina Theatre in Durham. In both, Bruce Campbell stars as the iconic character Ashley “Ash” Williams. The double bill starts at 7 p.m., and tickets are $6. Details: 919-560-3030; festivals.carolinatheatre.org/retrofantasma. •  The N.C. Museum of Art’s Winter series “Universal @ 100,” continues Friday night with a new 35 mm print of Anthony Mann’s 1950 Western “Winchester ’73,” starring James Stewart, Shelley Winters, and Stephen McNally. Tickets are $5 ($3.50 for students and NCMA, Cinema Inc. and Galaxy Cinema members). Details: 919-715-5923; ncartmuseum.org/calendar. •  Late Saturday afternoon in Durham, the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will host a showing of Peter Gilbert and Steve James’ 2008 documentary “At the Death House Door,” about Carroll Pickett, a Texas death house chaplain turned anti-death penalty activist. Dinner will be served before the screening ($5 suggested donation), and a discussion will follow. 5:30 p.m. Details: 919-489-2575; www.eruuf.org.

Thursday night in Durham, Full Frame’s Winter Series is presenting a screening of David France’s 2012 documentary “How To Survive a Plague,” about the AIDS activism of two coalitions – ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) – at the Carolina Theatre in Fletcher Hall. The film, which is nominated for a Best Documentary Oscar, takes us through the ’80s rise of the AIDS epidemic and the grass roots movements that followed via a vast array of archival footage, much of which has never been seen before. It begins at 7:30 p.m., and is free. Details: 919-687-4100; www.fullframefest.org.

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