Film Picks

The best film picks, March 7

CorrespondentMarch 6, 2014 

Penelope Cruz stars in the 2009 movie “Broken Embraces,” a thriller with a love triangle.


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    • In Cary, The Cary theater continues its Best of the Oscars celebration with showings of Clint Eastwood’s “Unforgiven” (1992) on Friday at 7 p.m. and Anthony Minghella’s “The English Patient” (1996) at 9:30; Ron Howard’s “A Beautiful Mind” (2001) at 2 p.m. on Saturday, with Rob Marshall’s “Chicago” (2002) at 7; “The King’s Speech” finishes off the series at 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission for each is $5. 919-462-2051 or

    • Friday night, the N.C. Museum of Art hosts its annual silent film showcase with screenings of the 1928 Laurel and Hardy short “Two Tars” and Buster Keaton’s 1923 comedy “Three Ages.” Jazz musician David Drazin will provide live piano accompaniment. 8 p.m. at the Museum Auditorium, East Building. $7 ($5 for students and NCMA members). 919-715-5923 or

    • In Durham on Friday, the Carolina Theatre’s monthly Retro Classics film series presents a double feature dubbed “A Touch of Whimsy” consisting of James Frawley’s 1979 family favorite “The Muppet Movie” and Henry Koster’s 1950 James Stewart classic “Harvey.” The double bill begins at 7 p.m. $8 ($6.25 for members). 919-560-3030 or

    • Wednesday in Raleigh, the Colony Theater’s Cinema Overdrive series is presenting John Frankenheim’s supremely creepy 1966 thriller “Seconds,” starring Rock Hudson as a man who starts his life over with a new identity provided by an ominous corporation. Think “Mad Men” meets “The Manchurian Candidate.” 8 p.m. $5. 919-847-5677 or

    •  At the Nasher Museum of Art in Durham on Thursday, Duke’s Screen/Society’s Archibald Motley Exhibition Film Series is screening Joe Layton’s 1982 stand-up comedy concert film “Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip” along with the 1928 short film “The Melancholy Dame.” 7 p.m. Free. 919-660-3030 or

Sunday evening, Pedro Almodóvar’s 2009 film “Broken Embraces” screens at the Rialto Theatre as part of the long running Cinema Inc. series. The lush-looking psychological thriller, concerning a tragic love triangle, stars Penélope Cruz, Lluís Homar and Blanca Portillo. . It starts at 7, and season passes are $12 for the remaining six films. Details: 919-787-7611 or

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