The best film picks, Feb. 22

CorrespondentFebruary 21, 2013 

From left, William Powell and Carole Lombard in "My Man Godfery."


  • Other Highlights: • From Friday afternoon to Sunday evening, the 14th annual Nevermore Film Festival will take place at the Carolina Theatre in Durham. This year, nine new creepy features including Don Coscarelli’s “John Dies at the End,” and Scott Schirmer’s “Found” will be shown, along with four shorts programs, and a rare screening of George A. Romero’s 1978 zombie classic, “Dawn of the Dead.” Tickets for individual films are $9, ($6 for Star Members); $70 for a 10-pass in advance ($75 at the door). For members, 10-passes are $65. Details: 919-560-3030; • Also Friday night in Durham, the Center for Documentary Studies is hosting a Fresh Docs screening of Cynthia Hill’s “Chef and the Farmer,” from a still-in-production TV series about the inner workings of an upscale restaurant in Kinston. A moderated feedback session will follow the screening. It starts at 7. Free. Details: 919-660-3663; • On Monday night at Duke University, the Screen/Society’s Middle East Film Series is presenting Emad Burnat & Guy Davidi’s Oscar-nominated “5 Broken Cameras” at the Bryan Center Griffith Film Theater at 7. Also at Duke on Tuesday, the AMI Showcase presents an evening of Experimental Short Films from the 50th Ann Arbor Film Festival at White 107 (White Lecture Hall) at 8. Wednesday night back at Bryan Center Griffith Film Theater at 7, there will be a sneak peek at film maker Chris Jordan’s work-in-progress environmental documentary “Midway.” Also on Wednesday evening the Screen/Society’s Cine East Film Series is showing Tim Graf’s “Souls of Zen: Buddhism, Ancestors, and the 2011 Tsunami in Japan” at the Center for Documentary Studies at 7. All of Duke Screen/Society’s screenings are free. Details: 919-660-3030; • Thursday night at 7 at the Varsity Theater in Chapel Hill, the Ackland Film Forum presents Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning 2011 drama “A Separation” as part of the "Cinema of the Global Middle East" series and sponsored by Art/Islam, the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, and the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies. Free. Details: 919-967-8665; • Also Thursday night in Chapel Hill, Internationalist Books and Students for a Democratic Society are presenting a free screening of Alex Gibney’s 2007 documentary “Taxi to the Dark Side,” concerning an innocent taxi driver who was tortured and killed in Afghanistan in 2002, at Murphey Hall 302 on the UNC campus. Doors open at 7, the screening at 7:15. Details: 919-942-1740;

Don’t feel too bad for the folks who don’t take home an Oscar on Sunday night, for history has shown that a film can lose every category it’s nominated for, yet still become a classic. Case in point: Gregory La Cava’s 1936 romp “My Man Godfrey,” which lost all six Academy Awards it was up for, but is now considered one of the greatest comedies of all time.

Friday night, the N.C. Museum of Art presents the screwball rom-com, starring William Powell as a vagrant who gets hired as a butler by a socialite played by Carole Lombard, as part of the “Universal @ 100” winter series. It starts at 8 p.m. with an introduction by NCMA Film Curator Laura Boyes at the Museum Auditorium in the East Building. Tickets are $7 ($5 for students and NCMA members). Details: 919-715-5923;

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