The best film picks, Feb. 1

CorrespondentJanuary 31, 2013 

  • Other highlights • The N.C. Museum of Art’s Winter series “Universal @ 100,” continues Friday night with Howard Hawks’ 1932 crime thriller “Scarface,” starring Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, and Karen Morley. NCMA Film Curator Laura Boyes will introduce the film. It starts at 8 at the Museum Auditorium in the East Building. Tickets are $7 ($5 for students and NCMA members). Details: 919-715-5923; ncartmuseum.org/calendar. • Also Friday night in Durham, the Carolina Theatre’s Retrofantasma Retro Classics series presents a night of supernatural suspense from the ’30s with a double feature dubbed “Not Quite Fantasy Island,” featuring Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack’s “King Kong” (1933), followed by Erle C. Kenton’s “Island of Lost Souls” (1932). The double bill begins at 7, and admission is $8 ($6.25 for Star members). Details: 919-560-3030; www.festivals.carolinatheatre.org/retrofantasma. • Sunday evening at Duke University in Durham, the Screen/Society’s AMI (Arts of the Moving Image) is screening Andrie Tarkovsky’s 1986 Swedish drama “The Sacrifice” at 7 at White 107 (White Lecture Hall). Also at Duke on Monday night, there will be a special “sneak preview” screening of Kim Nguyen’s “War Witch” (aka “Rebelle”), which is nominated for Best Foreign Film at this year’s Oscars, at the Bryan Griffith Film Center at 7. At the same venue on Tuesday evening, the AMI Showcase’s retrospective of the work of cinematographer Christopher Doyle will be featuring Kar Wai Wong’s “Chungking Express” (1994) at 7. All the Screen/Society’s screenings are free. Details: 919-660-3030; ami.trinity.duke.edu/screensociety. • Wednesday night at the Varsity Theater in Chapel Hill, there will be a special free GSA (General Services Administration) screening of Harry Lynch’s 2012 documentary “Switch,” about the possible future of our energy sources at 6:30. Also at the Varsity on Thursday night, the Ackland Film Forum is screening Whitney Dow’s 2011 documentary “When the Drum is Beating,” about Septentrional, Haiti’s celebrated big band that’s been going strong for 62 years. It starts at 7, and it’s free. Details: 919-967-8665; www.varsityonfranklin.com.

Friday night, the Garner Performing Arts Center will kick off Black History Month with an evening entitled “Pilots, Picture & Purpose,” which will feature a screening of Anthony Hemingway’s “Red Tails” (2012), concerning the first black pilots in the American military, the Tuskegee Airmen who flew in World War II. George Lucas executive-produced the historical drama, which stars Cuba Gooding Jr., Gerald McRaney, and David Oyelowo.

A pre-screening lecture, including a meet-and-greet with African-American pilots from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, will begin at 7, with the film following at 8. Free. Details: 919-691-6988; www.garnerperformingartscenter.com.

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