Film Picks

Best film picks, August 16

CorrespondentAugust 16, 2013 

Grant Achatz’s Alinea in Chicago is one of three American restaurants in Joseph Levy’s 2012 documentary “Spinning Plates.” Watch the film Friday at Full Frame Theater on the American Tobacco Campus.


  • Other Highlights

    • Jeff Bridges’ iconic character “The Dude” returns to the Colony on Wednesday night for the sixth annual Cool Classics screening of Ethan and Joel Coen’s comic noir masterpiece “The Big Lebowski.” It starts at 7:30, and admission is $5. Details: 919-847-5677 or

    • Thursday night, Duke’s Screen/Society’s Dinner and a Movie Series presents James Marsh’s Oscar winning 2008 documentary “Man on Wire” at the Nasher Museum of Art Auditorium. The film screens in connection with “Let the Great World Spin” (July 20-October 6), a thematic art installation inspired by the 2013 Summer Reading book by Colum McCann. It will be preceded by a First Thursday Gallery Talk by Professor Kristine Stiles at 6, with the film starting at 7. Free. Details: 919-660-3030 or

    This week’s outdoor movie schedule

    • Wes Anderson’s 2012 charmer “Moonrise Kingdom,” starring Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand and Bill Murray, screens Friday night at the N.C. Museum of Art. The movie starts at 9, and admission is $4 (free for museum members and children 6 and under). Details: 919-715-5923or

    • Also Friday night, the Booth Amphitheater in Cary will be showing Tom Hooper’s 2012 hit musical “Les Misérables,” starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway. Jason Moore’s “Pitch Perfect” (also 2012), starring Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin and Rebel Wilson, will be shown at the same venue Saturday night. Gates open at 7 (both movies start at dusk). Admission is $3 for adults, kids 12 and under get in free. Details: 919-462-2052 or

    • Pierre Louis Padang Coffin and Chris Renaud’s animated hit from earlier this summer, “Despicable Me 2” screens Friday night and Saturday night at the Green in Southern Village in Chapel Hill. The movie starts between 8:30 and 8:45, and admission is $4. Details: 919-969-8049 or

    • Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 thriller classic “Psycho,” starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh, screens Thursday night at Wallace Plaza in Chapel Hill. The movie starts at 8, and admission is free. Details: 919-967-9440 or

Friday evening in Durham, the Full Frame Theater on the American Tobacco Campus continues its Third Friday Film series with a screening of Joseph Levy’s 2012 documentary “Spinning Plates.” The stories of three American restaurants – the cutting-edge Alinea in Chicago; the 150-year-old Breitbach’s Country Dining in Balltown, Iowa; and the Mexican eatery Cocina de Gabby in Tucson, Ariz. – are intertwined in first-time writer/director Levy’s fascinating film. It was one of the biggest crowd pleasers at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival last April. Free. Details: 919-684-4444 or

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