Starting Friday evening and running through Sunday night, the Carolina Theatre in downtown Durham will be hosting the Evolution of the Groovy Movie Film Series featuring screenings of ’80s (and one from ’90) favorites such as Jim Henson and Frank Oz’s “The Dark Crystal” (1982), Oz’s Director’s Cut of “Little Shop of Horrors” (1986), John Hughes’ “Weird Science” (1985), John Carpenter’s “They Live” (1988), and Joe Dante’s “Gremlins 2: The Next Batch” (1990). Tickets are $6 for individual screenings ($25 for a weekend pass). Details: 919-560-3030; www.carolinatheatre.org.
• Also Friday night in Durham, Duke’s Screen/Society’s Cine-East: Films of Naomi Kawase Series is screening Kawase’s short biographical documentaries “Embracing” (1992) and “Sky, Wind, Fire, Water, Earth” (2001) at White 107 (White Lecture Hall). The films will be introduced by Hitomi Endo, and will be followed by discussion on the work of Naomi by Leo Ching and Takushi Odagiri. Starts at 7. Free. Details: 919-660-3030; ami.trinity.duke.edu/screensociety.
• Also Friday evening, the N.C. Museum of Art kicks off their Spring series “Vacanza Italiana,” inspired by a trip abroad that NCMA film curator Laura Boyes recently went on, with a screening of James Ivory’s 1985 romantic drama “A Room With a View,” starring Maggie Smith, Helena Bonham Carter and Daniel Day-Lewis. 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.