The best film picks, Feb. 15

CorrespondentFebruary 14, 2013 

Audrey Tautou in the 2001 French film, “Amélie,” will be screened Wednesday night at the Colony Theater.


  • Other Highlights: • Friday night in Durham, the Carolina Theatre’s monthly Retrofantasm series is celebrating “The Heyday of the Times Square Grindhouse,” with a double feature of two trashy classics: Lucio Fulci’s “Zombie” (1979), and William Lustig’s “Maniac” (1980). The double bill begins at 7, and admission is $8 ($6.25 for Star members). Details: 919-560-3030; • The N.C. Museum of Art’s Winter series “Universal @ 100,” continues Friday night with Douglas Sirk’s 1956 melodrama “Written on the Wind,” starring Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall, Robert Stack, and Dorothy Malone. NCMA Film Curator Laura Boyes will introduce the film. It starts at 8 p.m. at the Museum Auditorium in the East Building. Tickets are $7 ($5 for students and NCMA members). Details: 919-715-5923; • Tuesday night at UNC-Chapel Hill, the Tournées Festival: New French Films on Campus is screening Aki Kaurismäki’s 2011 comic drama “Le Havre” at the Nelson Mandela Auditorium. Refreshments are at 6:30, with the film starting at 7. Free. Details: 919-962-2062; • Also Tuesday evening at Duke University in Durham, the Screen/Society’s AMI Showcase’s Christopher Doyle Retrospective presents Wong Kar Wai’s “Ashes of Time Redux” (1994), at 7 at the Bryan Center Griffith Film Theater. It will be introduced by Prof. Carlos Rojas (of the Asian and Middle-Eastern Studies department). At the same venue of Wednesday night, the Screen/Society’s Cine-East: Transnational North Korea series will be showing Jung-bum Park’s 2010 drama “The Journals of Musan” at 7. Also at Duke on Thursday evening, the Screen/Society’s Middle East Film Series is featuring Reza Allamehzadeh’s 2011 documentary “Iranian Taboo” at White 107 (White Lecture Hall) at 7. All the Duke Screen/Society’s screenings are free. Details: 919-660-3030; • In Chapel Hill on Thursday night, the Varsity Theatre is hosting the Ackland Film Forum’s showing of Jim Hodges, Carlos Marques da Cruz, and Encke King’s “Untitled” (2010), a 60-minute nonlinear montage of archival and pop footage focusing on 30 years of AIDS activism. It starts at 7:00, and tickets are $4 or free with a UNC One Card. Details: 919-962-5481;

Over the last several years, Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s 2001 French favorite “Amélie,” has been no stranger to the Raleigh area revival circuit. It played at the N.C. Museum of Art’s open-air cinemas a few summers back; Cinema Inc. screened it last year to a packed house at the Rialto; and it was shown at N.C. State’s Campus Cinema aptly on Valentine’s Day eve this year. On Wednesday night, the Colony Theater will feature the critically acclaimed crowd pleaser in their Cool Classics series, and it’s adding a batch of vintage trailers featuring the film’s star, Audrey Tautou, to kick off the 7:30 screening. Admission is $5.00. Details: 919-847-5677;

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