Film Picks

The best film picks, March 15

CorrespondentMarch 14, 2013 

James Frawley’s “The Muppet Movie,” is screening at the Colony Theater in their Cool Classics series on Wednesday night.

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  • Other highlights • Friday through Sunday afternoon, the North Carolina Black Film Festival will be held at UNCW Warwick Center, the Community Arts Center, and Cameron Arts Museum in Wilmington. Films scheduled include “First Rasta,” “23rd Psalm: Redemption,” and “Hiding in Plain Sight.” Admission: $5-$10 per screening. Details: 910-620-3313; www.BlackArtsAlliance.org. • Also Friday, The N.C. Museum of Art’s Winter series “Universal @ 100,” continues with James Whale’s 1931 classic monster movie “Frankenstein,” starring Boris Karloff. NCMA Film Curator Laura Boyes will introduce the film, which 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; ncartmuseum.org/calendar. • In Durham on Monday night, Duke’s Screen/Society’s Ethics Film series is presenting Annie Goldson and Peter Gilbert’s “Brother Number One” at the Bryan Center Griffith Film Theater at 7. At the same venue Wednesday night at 8, the Screen/Society’s AMI Showcase is showing a Surrealist Short Films Program, including rare 35mm showings of renowned classics. It will be introduced by Prof. Anne-Gaëlle Saliot from the Romance Studies department. Both screenings are free. Details: 919-660-3030; ami.trinity.duke.edu/screensociety. • Thursday evening at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh, there will be a free screening of Cynthia Hill and Charles Thompson’s 2006 documentary “The Guestworker,” about Don Candelario Moreno, a 66-year-old Mexican farmer who has been coming to North Carolina since the 1960s as a laborer through the U.S. government’s H-2A Visa program. There will be a reception at 6:30, and Director Thompson will introduce the film at 7. A Q&A session will follow the screening. Details: 919-807-7900; ncmuseumofhistory.org. • Also Thursday night, the Ackland Film Forum at the Varsity Theater in Chapel Hill is featuring Dee Rees’ 2011 drama “Pariah,” presented by the Carolina Women’s Center as part of its 2013 Gender Week programming. Free with a University ID/$4 for all others. Details: 919-967-8665; http://www.varsityonfranklin.com/.

James Frawley’s “The Muppet Movie,” screening at the Colony Theater in their Cool Classics series on Wednesday night, is the greatest family-friendly musical comedy ever. My opinion may be strongly biased by fond memories of my grandmother taking me as a kid to see it twice during its original theatrical release back in the summer of 1979, but the Muppets’ first film still holds up wonderfully well today.

The story of how Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie the Bear, the Great Gonzo, and assorted other cloth creations from Jim Henson’s Muppet Workshop came together to hit Hollywood and break into show biz is a funny and charming treat for all ages. Catchy songs by Paul Williams and Kenny Asher, including the Oscar-nominated “The Rainbow Connection,” and a stunning roster of cameos from the likes of Steve Martin, Richard Pryor, Mel Brooks, Bob Hope, Milton Berle and Orson Welles, among other famous faces, help the Muppets put on what’s arguably their best show on the big screen. It starts at 7:30, and admission is $5. Details: 919-847-5677; www.ambassadorcinemas.com.

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