Film Picks

The best film picks, June 14

CorrespondentJune 13, 2013 

“Idiocracy,” set in an extremely dumbed-down society 500 years in the future, briefly played in less than 150 theaters across America with little to no promotion in the fall of 2006. The Colony Theater’s Cool Classics series is presenting a rare 35mm screening of the weird but highly amusing sci-fi satire starring Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard, and Terry Crews as President Camacho on Wednesday night.

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  • Other Highlights:

    • Friday night, the NC Museum of Arts’ Summer Series presents Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” (2012) at the Joseph M. Bryan Theater, an open-air theater in the Museum Park. It starts at 9, and tickets are $5 (Free for students and NCMA and Cinema Inc. members). Details: 919-715-5923; ncartmuseum.org/calendar.

    • Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders’ animated stone-age comedy “The Croods,” featuring the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, and Ryan Reynolds will be showing at the Green in Southern Village, Chapel Hill, on Friday and Saturday night. Starts between 8:30 and 8:45, and admission is $4. Details: 919-969-8049; www.southernvillage.com/movies-music.htm.

One thing many cult classics share is that they were box office flops when they were first released (see: “Harold and Maude,” “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “The Big Lebowski,” etc.), but Mike Judge’s follow-up to his 1999 workplace comedy “Office Space” was barely even given a proper release at all.

“Idiocracy,” set in an extremely dumbed-down society 500 years in the future, briefly played in less than 150 theaters across America, with little to no promotion, in the fall of 2006. So since next to nobody saw it on the big screen before, it’s notable that the Colony Theater’s Cool Classics series is presenting a rare 35mm screening of the weird but highly amusing sci-fi satire starring Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard and Terry Crews as President Camacho on Wednesday night. It starts at 7:30, and admission is $5. Details: 919-847-5677; www.ambassadorcinemas.com.

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