Film Picks

The best film picks, October 25

CorrespondentOctober 24, 2013 

The N.C. Museum of Art’s fall film series “Car Crazy” keeps rolling Friday night with a rare screening of Michael Schultz’s rowdy 1976 comedy “Car Wash.”

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    • Friday night in Durham, the Carolina Theatre presents a Special Halloween Edition of Retrofantasm with a double feature of Gerald Potterton’s 1981 animated fantasy flick “Heavy Metal,” and Tobe Hooper’s 1974 horror classic “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” The double bill starts at 7, and tickets are $8. Details: 919-560-3030 or carolinatheatre.org/films.

    • Also Friday night in Durham, the Screen/Society at Duke is presenting a screening of Wes Anderson’s “The Darjeeling Limited” (2009) at LSRC B101 (Love Auditorium) at 7 with a panel discussion after the film. On Monday night, the French Film Series is screening Antoine Delesvaux and Joann Sfar’s 2011 animated film “The Rabbi’s Cat” at the Bryan Center Griffith Film Theater. At the same venue on Wednesday evening, the Cine-East: East Asian Cinema series presents the North Carolina premiere of Jia Zhangke’s “A Touch of Sin” (2013), which will be introduced by professor Carlos Rojas. On Thursday night, there’s a special Halloween screening of Stanley Kubrick’s classic 1979 adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Shining” as part of the ongoing AMI Showcase “Kubrick & Existentialism” at White 107 (White Lecture Hall). All four Screen/Society screenings start at 7 and are free. Details: 919-660-3030 or ami.trinity.duke.edu/screensociety.

    • Tuesday night at the Varsity Theater in Chapel Hill, the Ackland Film Forum presents Paresh Mokashi’s “Harishchandrachi Factory” (2009) as part of the series “The Art of Bollywood.” Free with a University ID and $4 for all others. Details: 967-8665 or varsityonfranklin.com.

The N.C. Museum of Art’s fall film series “Car Crazy” keeps rolling Friday night with a rare screening of Michael Schultz’s rowdy 1976 comedy “Car Wash.” The cult favorite, which Roger Ebert called “a wash-and-wax ‘M*A*S*H,’” has a large cast that includes Franklyn Ajaye, Bill Duke, George Carlin, Ivan Dixon, Richard Pryor and the Pointer Sisters all cavorting about on a particularly wacky day at the Dee-Luxe Car Wash in Los Angeles. The shenanigans are well served by its Grammy-winning soundtrack by Norman Whitman and the funk band Rose Royce. It starts at 8 with an introduction by NCMA Film Curator Laura Boyes. Tickets are $7 ($5 for students and NCMA members). Details: ncartmuseum.org.

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