Film Picks

The best film picks, March 28

CorrespondentMarch 27, 2014 

The Colony Theatre in Raleigh screens Robert Wise’s 1965 classic “The Sound of Music” as part of their “Golden Age” film series Wednesday night.

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    • Friday night, The Center for Documentary Studies in Durham will be hosting a work-in-progress screening of Charlotte filmmaker Cristina Cassidy’s “Concerto for Two Brothers” for the March installment of Fresh Docs, co-sponsored by The Southern Documentary Fund. The film, about brothers and symphony musicians Christopher Rex and Charles Gordon Rex Jr., will be followed by a Q&A with director Cassidy. It starts at 7. Free. Details: 919-660-3663 or cdsporch.org.

    • Also Friday in Durham, the Carolina Theatre’s Retrofantasm film series is celebrating what they’re calling Retro Fool’s Day with a double feature of Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam’s 1975 comedy classic, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” and Fred Schepisi’s 1987 riff on Cyrano de Bergerac, “Roxanne,” written by and starring Steve Martin. The double bill begins at 7, and admission is $8 ($6.25 for Star members). Details: 919-560-3030 or festivals.carolinatheatre.org/retrofantasma.

    • Sunday, Jonathan Demme’s 1991 Best Picture Oscar winner “The Silence of the Lambs,” starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, is showing at Crossroads 20 in Cary as part of the Regal Classic Film Series. It screens at 2 p.m. with repeat showings at 2 and 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Matinees $8, evenings $10. Details: 919-816-0220 or regmovies.com.

    • Monday night in Durham, Duke’s Screen/Society is hosting a rare 35 mm screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 thriller classic, “Vertigo,” as part of the AMI Showcase series at the Bryan Center Griffith Film Theater. It starts at 7 with an introduction by Professor Markos Hadjioannou. On Wednesday, the Screen/Society’s Middle East Film Series is presenting Ahmad Abdalia’s 2010 musical comedy drama, “Microphone,” as part of their “Arts of the Revolution” program at White 107 (White Lecture Hall) at 7 p.m. It will be introduced by Professor Ellen McLarney, with a Q&A following the screening. Both night’s films are free. Details: 919-660-3030 or ami.trinity.duke.edu/screensociety.

    • On Thursday in Cary, The Cary Theater will be showing James Marsh’s 2008 documentary “Man on Wire,” about tightrope walker Philippe Petit’s incredible 1974 high-wire walk between New York’s World Trade Center’s twin towers. The film plays at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5. 919-462-2051 or townofcary.org.

The Austrian hills will be alive once again when Raleigh’s Colony Theatre screens Robert Wise’s 1965 classic “The Sound of Music” as part of the “Golden Age” film series Wednesday night. Based on the Broadway musical, the Oscar-winning film stars Julie Andrews as a woman who leaves her convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower (Christopher Plummer) as World War II approaches. The beloved film features songs by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, many of which have become standards. By the way, this isn’t the Sing-Along version, so let the characters onscreen do the singing. It starts at 7:30, and admission is $5. Details: 919-847-5677 or ambassadorcinemas.com.

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