Film Picks

The best film picks, March 14

CorrespondentMarch 13, 2014 

Robert Altman’s 1975 opus “Nashville” will screen at the Colony Theatre on Wednesday night as part of their Cool Classics series.

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    • Friday night, the N.C. Museum of Art is hosting a Special Salute to the Galaxy Cinema (the Cary theater that was demolished last year) with a screening of Rohan Sippy’s 2005 Bollywood blockbuster “Bluffmaster.” It starts at 8 p.m. at the Museum Auditorium in the East Building with an introduction by NCMA film curator Laura Boyes. Tickets are $7 ($5 for students and NCMA members). Details: 919-715-5923 or ncartmuseum.org/calendar.

    • Also Friday night, the Carolina Theatre in Durham is presenting “A Tribute To Hal Ashby” with a double feature of two of the late, great filmmaker’s finest works: 1971’s “Harold and Maude,” starring Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon, and 1979’s “Being There,” starring another late great, Peter Sellers. The double bill starts at 7, and tickets are $8. Details: 919-560-3030 or

    festivals.carolinatheatre.org/retrofantasma.

    • Tuesday night in Chapel Hill, the Ackland Film Forum will be showing Rachel Liebling’s 1994 documentary “High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music” at the Varsity Theatre. The screening, a co-presentation with the UNC Music Library, the Music Department, the Center for the Study of the American South and the Southern Folklife Collection, will be followed by a discussion with UNC professor Jocelyn Neal. It starts at 7 and tickets are $4 or free with a UNC One Card. Details: 919-962-5481 or varsityonfranklin.com.

    • In Durham on Tuesday, Duke’s Screen/Society’s 2014 Ethics Film Series is screening Lisa Biagiotti’s 2012 documentary “Deepsouth” at 7 p.m. at Bryan Center Griffith Film Theater, with a Q&A following with Director Biagiotti and professor Kathryn Whetten. On Thursday, the Screen/Society’s “Rights! Camera! Action” series is featuring Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern’s 2007 documentary “The Devil Came on Horseback” at Smith Warehouse – Bay 4, C105 (“Garage”) with a discussion following. Both Screen/Society’s screenings are free. Details: 919-660-3030 or ami.trinity.duke.edu/screensociety.

    • Thursday night back at the Varsity Theatre in Chapel Hill, there will be a special screening of Micah Smith’s new documentary “Honor Diaries,” about the struggles of nine women fighting for human rights in Muslim-majority societies. The event will be hosted by the film’s producer, North Carolina native Paula Kweskin, and attorney/advocate Nicole Quallen. 7:30 pm. General admission: $10. Tickets must be reserved online: tugg.com/events/7833.

    • Thursday night at the Rialto Theatre in Raleigh, local artist Rob Logic will premiere the prequel to his film “The Great Fantastic” – “The Great Fantastic, Episode 8, The Octalude.” The program will also include film shorts from local filmmakers, including Rob Underhill’s multi award-winning short “Entertainer,” and a performance by Logic’s local band, Logical Sound Discovery. Admission is $10 ($12 at the door) for general admission; $18 admission includes a CD of Logic’s latest album “Thrill Seeker.” 8 p.m. Details: 919-856-0111 or thegreatfantastic08.brownpapertickets.com.

In one of the late great film critic’s most famous reviews, Pauline Kael of The New Yorker magazine praised Robert Altman’s 1975 opus “Nashville” as “the funniest epic vision of America ever to reach the screen.” Kael really nailed it, as you can see when the country music-driven comedy drama screens at the Colony Theatre on Wednesday night as part of the Cool Classics series. “Nashville” features a large ensemble cast including Ned Beatty, Karen Black, Henry Gibson, Ronee Blakley, Geraldine Chaplin, Shelly Duvall, Lily Tomlin and Keith Carradine, who won a Best Original Song Oscar for his composition “I’m Easy.” The sprawling masterwork concerns gatherings for a presidential campaign concert rally in the world-renowned Tennessee town over the course of five days. Is it really the “orgy for movie-lovers” that Kael called it? Show up at 7:30 p.m. and judge for yourself. $5. Details: 919-847-5677 or ambassadorcinemas.com.

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