Film Picks

The best film picks, September 20

CorrespondentSeptember 19, 2013 

Friday night, the N.C. Museum of Art kicks off its fall film series, “Car Crazy,” with William Friedkin’s Oscar-winning 1971 police thriller “The French Connection.”


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    • Also Friday night in Durham, the Carolina Theater’s “Retrofantasma” film series presents a “An Evening of Stanley Kubrick” consisting of the late director’s 1987 Vietnam war classic “Full Metal Jacket” and his 1971 dystopian future masterpiece “A Clockwork Orange.” The double bill starts at 7 at the Carolina Theatre in Durham, and tickets are $9 ($7 for Star Members). Details: 919-560-3030 or

    • Also Friday evening in Durham, the Full Frame Theater, located on the American Tobacco Campus, continues its “Third Friday Film Series” with a screening of Jason Osder’s 2013 documentary “Let the Fire Burn,” which concerns the 1985 stand-off between the black liberation group MOVE and the Philadelphia Police Department. Director Osder will be in attendance. Free. 7 p.m. Details: 919-684-4444 or

    • Saturday afternoon in Durham, the Motorco Music Hall is hosting the 3rd Annual Durham Movie Mashup with a program called “Old Yeller Still Dies.” Scenes from Robert Stevenson’s 1957 family classic have been redone and re-edited by over 2 dozen groups and individuals, and the results as assured by Motroco’s website are “nothing less than ridiculous.” It starts at 1 p.m. (doors open at noon), and it’s free. Details: 919-901-0875 or

    • At Duke on Tuesday night, the Screen/Society is screening Maïwenn’s 2011 crime drama “Polisse” at the Bryan Center Griffith Film Theater as part of the Tournees French Film Festival. It starts at 7, and it’s free. On Wednesday night at Duke, the Screen/Society’s N.C. Latin America Film Festival continues with Eric Joseph Johnson and Sarita Streng’s 2011 documentary “La Salsa Cubana” at John Hope Franklin Center, Room 240. It starts at 7, and it will be introduced by Andrea Woods of Duke’s Dance Program. Free. Details: 919-660-3030 or

Friday night, the N.C. Museum of Art kicks off its fall film series: “Car Crazy.” As the website puts it, the series celebrates decades of “crime cars, race cars, chauffeured cars, working cars and just plain cool cars” at the movies. So what better film to start with than William Friedkin’s Oscar-winning 1971 police thriller, “The French Connection”? Gene Hackman, putting in an iconic performance as Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle, and the late Roy Scheider star as narcotic detectives in this fictionalized account of the largest drug bust in New York City’s history. But more importantly, the film features what many critics consider the greatest car chase sequence in cinematic history. The gritty classic will be introduced by NCMA Film Curator Laura Boyes. It starts at 8, and tickets are $7 ($5 for students and NCMA members). Details: 919-715-5923 or

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