Film Picks

Best film picks, September 13

CorrespondentSeptember 12, 2013 

Dennis Wilson in the 1971 film “Two Lane Blacktop.”


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    • The 10th annual Escapism Film Festival continues Friday through Sunday at the Carolina Theater in downtown Durham with screenings of the beloved ’80s and ’90s films “Stargate,” “The Neverending Story,” “Rocky II,” “Death Becomes Her,” “Arachnophobia,” “The Princess Bride,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure,” “Willow,” “Starship Troopers,” “Matinee,” “Repo Man,” “Clash of the Titans” and the “Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai.” Tickets are $8 ($6 for Star Members and children 12 and under); $65 for a 10-pass. Details: 919-560-3030 or

    • Saturday night in Chapel Hill, the Varsity Theater will be hosting the North Carolina premiere of Alexandra Liss’s 2012 documentary “One Couch at a Time.” The film’s producer, Jean-Michel Werk will be in attendance for a Q&A following the feature. Admission runs from $5-$8. Details: 919-967-8665 or

    • Monday evening in Durham, Duke’s Screen/Society presents Léos Carax’s “Holy Motors” (2012) at the Bryan Center Griffith Film Theater as part of the Tournees French Film Festival. It starts at 7, and admission is free. Also at Duke on Thursday night, the Screen/Society’s “Rights! Camera! Action!” screening series is featuring Anne Makepeace’s 2012 documentary “We Still Live Here” at Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, C105 (“Garage”). It starts at 7 and admission is free. Details: 919-660-3030 or

Except for a brief cameo as himself in Judd Apatow’s “Funny People” (2009), North Carolina native and acclaimed singer-songwriter James Taylor has only acted in one movie: Monte Hellman’s “Two Lane Blacktop.” The 1971 road-trip curio, which screens Wednesday night at the Colony Theater as part of their Cool Classics series, also features the only film performance of the late Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys. Credited as “The Driver” and “The Mechanic,” Taylor and Wilson portray a drag racing duo that engages in a cross-country race with the late great Warren Oates, who’s only identified as “G.T.O.” Laurie Bird, another cast member who’s no longer with us, also appears as “The Girl,” a hitchhiker along for the ride. It starts at 7:30, and admission is $5. Details: 919-847-5677 or

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