Film Picks

The best film picks, September 27

CorrespondentSeptember 26, 2013 

The 1983 film, “Twilight Zone: The Movie” was based on classic episodes from the TV series with the help of an eclectic cast.


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    • Also Friday night, the N.C. Museum of Art’s fall film series “Car Crazy” continues with Robert Aldrich’s 1955 thriller “Kiss Me Deadly.” The film noir thriller stars Ralph Meeker as Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer, but for the purpose of this series, the real star is Hammer’s XK120 Jaguar Roadster. Film historian/critic Lewis Beale will introduce. It starts at 8, and tickets are $7 ($5 for students and NCMA members). Details: 919-715-5923 or

    • Sunday night, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the birth of disco (the first mainstream article about disco was published in Rolling Stone magazine in September 1973) Mission Valley Cinemas will be screening John Badham’s 1977 dance classic “Saturday Night Fever,” starring John Travolta, at 7. Admission is $3, or free if you’re dressed in ’70s period attire. Details: 919-834-2233 or

    • At Duke on Monday night, the Screen/Society is screening Olivier Assayas’s 2012 French drama “Something in the Air” at the Bryan Center Griffith Film Theater as part of the Tournees French Film Festival. At the same venue on Wednesday night, the Screen/Society’s N.C. Latin American Film Festival continues with Jennifer Maytorena Taylor’s 2011 documentary “New Muslim Cool.” A Q&A with director Taylor will follow the film. Both night’s screenings start at 7 and are free. Free. Details: 919-660-3030 or

    • Wednesday night in downtown Durham, the Pinhook will be hosting the 16th annual MANHATTAN SHORT film festival. 10 short films, selected from over 600 entries, will be shown. Past finalists in the festival, which is being held in 300 cities around the world in the same week, have been nominated for Oscars in the short film category. Doors open at 6, the show starts at 7. $10. Details: 919-667-1100 or

Friday night in Durham, the Carolina Theatre’s Retrofantasm series explores the origin of the PG-13 rating with a double feature dubbed “This Explains It: Why PG-13 Now Exists.” First up, Rod Serling’s wildly popular 1950s-60s TV anthology series gets the big screen treatment in “Twilight Zone: The Movie” (1983). Directors John Landis, Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante and George Miller each contribute segments based on classic episodes, with the help of an eclectic cast including John Lithgow, Scatman Crothers, Vic Morrow, Kathleen Quinlan, Albert Brooks and Dan Aykroyd. Following that is John Frankenheimer’s 1979 horror flick “The Prophecy,” starring Talia Shire, Robert Foxworth and Armand Assante (and not to be confused with the 1995 Christopher Walken film of the same name). The double bill starts at 7, and tickets are $9 ($7 for Star Members). Details: 919-560-3030 or

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