Wednesday night, the Colony Theatre in Raleigh presents the second installment of A Very Kubrick Holiday Season with a screening of Stanley Kubricks 1964 cold war classic Dr. Strangelove, my personal favorite of the late great director's filmography. Another late great, Peter Sellers, serves triple duty as three different characters, including the iconic title role a deranged nuclear war expert who happens to be a former Nazi. The film, which reportedly had President Reagan thinking that there really was a war room in the Pentagon, concerns a crazy General (Sterling Hayden) who orders an attack on the Soviet Union. George C. Scott, as a top-level Air Force General, works with the President (Sellers again) to try to recall the bombers. Its as savage as satire can get, as its alternate title/tagline How I stopped worrying and learned to love the bomb suggests. It starts at 7:30, and admission is $5. Details: 919-847-5677 or ambassadorcinemas.com.
• Celebrate Friday the 13th with a screening of Sean S. Cunningham's original 1980 slasher classic “Friday the 13th” at the Colony Theatre Friday night. The film that spawned 10 sequels and a 2009 reboot/remake, which also spawned a sequel, will be shown at 9:30. Admission: $5. Details: 919-847-5677 or ambassadorcinemas.com.
• Also Friday night in Durham, the Carolina Theatre's monthly Retro Classics film series (an offshoot of Retrofantasma) presents a double feature dubbed “Royal Wits and BB Gun Fits,” which oddly pairs Bob Clark’s 1983 comedy gem “A Christmas Story” with Anthony Harvey’s 1968 historical drama “The Lion in Winter.” The double bill starts at 7. Admission is $9 ($7 for Star members). Details: 919-560-3030 or festivals.carolinatheatre.org.