Film Picks

Best film picks, July 12

CorrespondentJuly 12, 2013 

Mel Brooks Young Frankenstein 1974

Director-writer Mel Brooks, right, enjoys the action during rehearsal of the film "Young Frankenstein" featuring, left to right, Teri Garr, Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman and, on the table as the monster, Peter Boyle, May 16, 1974 in Los Angeles. The horror movie satire "Young Frankenstein," is playing Wednesday night in the Colony Theater's Cool Classics series.

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  • Other Highlights

    • In Durham, the Carolina Theatre’s James Bond 50th Retrospective, running Friday night though Thursday, continues with screenings of six Bond films: three of Roger Moore’s 007 outings (1977’s “The Spy Who Loved Me,” 1979’s “Moonraker,” and 1981’s “For Your Eyes Only”), one each from Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan’s runs in the role (1989’s “License To Kill,” and 1995’s “Goldeneye” respectively), and a rare showing of Sean Connery’s 1983 comeback, “Never Say Never Again.” Tickets are $7 for matinees, $9 for evening screenings (donors: $7). Details: 919-560-3030 or carolinatheatre.org

    • Also Friday, Carolina Theatre kicks off their new monthly film series, RetroTreasures, which focuses on dramas and comedies from the ‘30s-‘90s, with a double feature of Robert Mulligan’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1962) and Steven Spielberg’s “The Color Purple” (1985). The double bill begins at 7, and admission is $9 ($7 for donors). Details: 919-560-3030; festivals.carolinatheatre.org/retrofantasma.

    • Sunday evening at the Rialto Theater, Cinema Inc. is screening Barry Levinsons’ acclaimed 1990 Baltimore-set drama “Avalon,” starring Armin Mueller-Stahl, Elizabeth Perkins and Aidan Quinn. It starts at 7, and tickets are $4. Details: 919-787-7611 or cinema-inc.org.

    • Monday night at Duke, the Screen/Society’s “Lights on Africa 2013” series continues with a screening of Frances Anne-Solomon’s 1990 documentary “I is a Long Memoried Woman,” which charts the history of slavery through the eyes of Caribbean women, at the Nasher Museum of Art Auditorium at 7. Free. Details: 919-660-3030 or ami.trinity.duke.edu/screensociety.

    This week’s outdoor movie schedule

    • Friday night, the N.C. Museum of Art will feature Richard Linklater’s 2012 true crime comedy “Bernie,” starring Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine, at their open-air theater. The evening begins with live music by Dale Watson and The Lonestars at 7, with the screening following at 9. Tickets are $18 ($13 Members), $9 for ages 7–18. Details: 919-715-5923 or ncartmuseum.org/calendar.

    • Also Friday at Regency Park in Cary, the Koka Booth Amphitheatre’s summer series Movies by Moonlight continues with Herbert Ross’ “Steel Magnolias” (1989). Gates open at 7 (movie starts at dusk). Admission is $3 (free for kids 12 and under). Details: 919-462-2052 or boothamphitheatre.com/movies.htm.

    • Sam Mendes’ “Skyfall” (2012), Daniel Craig’s third film as James Bond, will screen at the Green in Southern Village in Chapel Hill on Friday and Saturday night. It starts between 8:30 and 8:45 both evenings, and admission is $4. Details: 919-969-8049 or southernvillage.com/movies-music.htm.

    • Thursday night at Wallace Plaza in Chapel Hill, the Locally Grown Music & Movies series presents the Coen brothers’ 2000 musical comedy “O Brother Where Art Thou?,” starring George Clooney. The movie starts at 8 and it’s free. Details: 919-967-9440 or locally-grown.com

There has been a lot of activity surrounding the legendary career of 87-year-old Mel Brooks lately -- a new Blu ray box set, a recent profile by the PBS program “American Masters,” appearances on shows like Jerry Seinfeld’s web series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” and podcast interviews on Marc Maron’s “WTF” and Chris Hardwick’s “The Nerdist.” So, it’s a great time to catch one of his finest and funniest films, the 1974 horror movie satire “Young Frankenstein,” playing Wednesday night in the Colony Theater’s Cool Classics series. Gene Wilder, who also co-wrote, stars in the black and white comical re-telling of Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel “Frankenstein,” along with Peter Boyle, Teri Garr, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, and a cameo by Gene Hackman. The movie, augmented by vintage trailers, starts at 7:30, and admission is $5.00. Details: 919-847-5677 or ambassadorcinemas.com.

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