Film Picks

The best film picks, April 11

CorrespondentApril 10, 2014 

Maribel Verdu stars in “Blancanieves.”


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    • Friday in Durham, the Carolina Theatre’s monthly Retro Classics film series presents a double feature of “Political Thrillers from the 1960s” consisting of Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove,” and John Frankenheimer’s “The Manchurian Candidate.” The double bill begins at 7, and admission is $8 ($6.25 for Star members). Details: 919-560-3030 or

    • Speaking of Kubrick, The Cary Theater in downtown Cary will be showing Brian W. Cook’s “Color Me Kubrick,” also on Friday night. The 2005 comedy stars John Malkovich as a con artist who impersonated the famous director in the late 1990s despite not looking like him or knowing much about him. Shows are at 7 and 9:30 p.m., with an encore screening Sunday at 2 p.m. Admission is $5. 919-462-2051 or

    • In Durham on Monday, Duke’s Screen/Society’s 2014 Ethics Film Series will be presenting a 35 mm screening of Ben H. Zeitlin’s 2012 fantasy drama “Beasts of the Southern Wild” at the Bryan Center Griffith Film Theater. A Q&A with Duke faculty will follow the film. At the same venue on Wednesday, the Screen/Society’s AMI Showcase: Silent Cinema Series is featuring a rare 35 mm screening of Charlie Chaplin’s 1931 classic “City of Lights.” Both night’s screenings start at 7 p.m. and are free. Details: 919-660-3030 or

    • Tuesday night in Chapel Hill, Part 2 of the Ackland Film Forum and the UNC Global Cinema Studies Program’s series, “American Comedy, American Democracy,” continues at the Varsity Theater with Ernst Lubitsch’s 1942 classic “To Be or Not to Be,” starring Jack Benny and Carole Lombard in her final film role. It starts at 7 with an introduction by Priscilla Layne (UNC-Chapel Hill, German). Tickets are $4 or free with a UNC One Card. Details: 919-962-5481 or

    • Wednesday night in Raleigh, the Colony Theatre’s Cool Classics series is featuring Yoo-ping Yeun’s 1978 martial arts action flick “Drunken Master,” a showcase of the comedic kung fu stylings of a young Jackie Chan. It starts at 8, and admission is $5. Details: 919-847-5677 or

The N.C. Museum of Art’s Spring Film Series, which kicks off Friday evening, has a very intriguing theme: “Suspense under the Sun,” described on the website as “malevolent stories that unfold in sunlit settings rather than in the shadows of classic noir.” Pablo Berger’s “Blancanieves” (2012), a silent black-and-white re-imagining of the fairy tale “Snow White,” is the series’ first feature. It starts at 8 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

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