The best film picks, March 22

CorrespondentMarch 21, 2013 

Bette Midler in Kenny Ortega's "Hocus Pocus."


  • Other highlights: • Also Friday, The N.C. Museum of Art’s Winter series “Universal @ 100,” concludes with James Whale’s 1933 classic H.G. Wells adaptation “The Invisible Man,” starring Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart, and Una O’Connor. 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; • In Durham on Sunday night, Duke’s Screen/Society’s Middle East Film Series is screening Ahmad Abdalla’s “Microphone” at White 107 (White Lecture Hall) at 7. Also at Duke on Wednesday night, the Screen/Society is screening Wong Kar Wai’s “Happy Together” as part of the AMI Showcase of the work of cinematographer Chris Doyle at the Bryan Center Griffith Film Theater at 7, which will be introduced by Steve Milligan, cinematographer and Duke Teaching Fellow (Q&A to follow screening). Thursday night back at White 107, the Screen/Society’s Middle East Film Series is spotlighting Iranian Cinema with a screening at 7 of Jafar Panahi’s 2011 documentary “This is Not a Film.” All the Screen/Society’s screenings are free. Details: 919-660-3030; • Also Thursday night, the Ackland Film Forum at the Varsity Theater in Chapel Hill is screening two 16mm experimental films by Yoko Ono: “Fly” (1970) and “No. 4 (Bottoms)” (1966). The screening is connected to the Ackland’s exhibition “More Love.” Free with a University ID/$4 for all others. Details: 919-967-8665;

Tonight in Durham, the Carolina Theatre’s Retrofantasma film series is serving up one of their oddest pairings ever: Jonathan Lynn’s “Clue” (1986), and Kenny Ortega’s “Hocus Pocus” (1993) in a double feature dubbed “They’re Spooky and They’re Kooky.”

Both the star-studded cult comedy board game adaptation (headed by Tim Curry), and the fantasy family favorite concerning three wacky witches (headed by Bette Midler) prove that Retrofantasma often has a lot more to offer than R-rated blood-soaked bombast. In other words, you can take the kids to this one. The double bill begins at 7, and admission is $8 ($6.25 for Star members). 919-560-3030;

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