Film Picks

The best film picks, April 12

From staff reportsApril 11, 2013 

Brad Pitt in "Fight Club."

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  • Other Highlights: • Friday night in Durham, Duke University’s Screen/Society’s Cine-East: Films of Naomi Kawase is featuring Kawase’s 2007 Japanese drama “The Mourning Forest” at White 107 (White Lecture Hall) at 7. Tuesday night at Duke, the Screen/Society--AMI Showcase will be presenting a Tribute to Chris Marker with screenings of “La Jetee” (1962), and “The Case of the Grinning Cat” (2004) at the Bryan Center Griffith Film Theater at 7. Thursday at Nasher Museum of Art Lecture Hall, the Screen/Society is hosting a Special Event showing of Zina Saro-Wiwa’s 2009 documentary “This Is My Africa,” which is in connection with the Nasher Museum of Art’s exhibition, Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey (March 21-July 21, 2013). All of Duke’s Screen/Society’s screenings are free. Details: 919-660-3030; ami.trinity.duke.edu/screensociety. • Also Friday night the N.C. Museum of Art is presenting a Special Library of Congress Event Celebrating Mary Pickford with a rare screening of the silent film legend in Marshall Neilan’s “Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall” (1924) at the Museum Auditorium in the East Building. Pickford scholar Christel Schmidt, editor of “Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies,” will introduce the film, which will have live piano accompaniment by Ethan Uslan, twice winner of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest. 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 monthly Retro Classics film series (an offshoot of Retrofantasma) presents a double feature from The Universal Classic Monsters Collection: Karl Freund’s “The Mummy” (1932), followed by James Whale’s “The Invisible Man” (1933). The double bill begins at 7, and admission is $8 ($6.25 for Star members). 919-560-3030; www.festivals.carolinatheatre.org/retrofantasma. • Sunday night, the Cinema Inc. is screening Akira Kurosawa’s 1957 Samurai classic “Throne of Blood,” starring Toshiro Mifune, at the Rialto Theater. It starts at 7, and season passes are $10. Details: 787-7611; www.cinema-inc.org.

Despite the fact that Brad Pitt’s Tyler Durden character declared “First rule of Fight Club is, you do not talk about Fight Club,” folks have been talking about David Fincher’s controversial “Fight Club” since it came out back in 1999. The conversation will heat up again on Wednesday night as the Colony Theater is screening a 35 mm print of the film as part of their Cool Classics series.

Based on Chuck Palahniuk’s 1996 novel, the film stars Edward Norton as an unnamed insomniac support group junkie who starts an underground fight club with a rough-and-ready soap salesman played by Pitt. Helen Bonham Carter, Meat Loaf, and Jared Leto also star in the ultra-violent movie that overcame mixed critical reaction (Roger Ebert called it macho porn), and flopping at the box office to become one of the biggest cult films of the Internet era.

For those attending, the real rule that should be respected is: Don’t talk about the twist ending of “Fight Club” to those who haven’t seen it yet. Vintage trailers kick off the 7:30 screening. Admission is $5. Details: 919-847-5677; www.ambassadorcinemas.com.

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