Film Picks

The best film picks, April 18

CorrespondentApril 17, 2014 

Nicholas Cage and Holly Hunter star as a childless couple who kidnap a quintuplet from a furniture tycoon in Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1987 comedy “Raising Arizona.” The film will screen at the Carolina Theatre in Durham on Friday night.

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    • The N.C. Museum of Art’s Spring Film Series, “Suspense Under the Sun,” continues Friday with Alberto Cavalcanti’s 1944 thriller “Went the Day Well,” starring Leslie Banks. It starts at 8 p.m. in the auditorium in the East Building. $7 ($5 for students and NCMA members). Details: 919-715-5923 or

    • Also Friday, the Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund in Durham present a work-in-progress screening of Philip Wall’s “The Passing Game,” about basketball coach Fletcher Arrit. This is part of the Fresh Docs series at the Full Frame Theater in the Power Plant Building on the American Tobacco Campus. It starts at 7 p.m. Free. Details: 919-660-3663 or

    • Also Friday in Durham, Duke’s Screen/Society’s Alumni Filmmaker Homecoming Series presents the AMI Showcase: An Evening with Lauren Wolkstein ’04 at White Lecture Hall (White 107). Showing: “Cigarette Candy” (2009), “The Strange Ones” (2011) and “Social Butterfly (2013). A Q&A with the filmmaker will follow the films. On Monday, the Queer Chinese Cinema Series will feature Cui Zi’en’s 2005 drama “Night Scene” at the Bryan Center Griffith Film Theater. Introduced by Professor Carlos Rojas, followed by Q&A with director (in Chinese, with English translation). Both programs begin at 7 p.m. and are free. Details: 919-660-3030 or

    • Tuesday night in Raleigh, Mission Valley Cinema’s Big Boss Film Series will screen Richard Linklater’s 1993 love letter to the ’70s, “Dazed and Confused,” starring Jason London and Matthew McConaughey (in his first film role). Showtime is 10 p.m. Free. Details: 919-847-5677 or

    • Also Tuesday night at the Varsity Theatre in Chapel Hill, the Ackland Film Forum’s “American Comedy, American Democracy” series concludes with the screening of Robert Altman’s acclaimed 1975 country music-driven comedy-drama “Nashville,” starring a large ensemble cast including Ned Beatty, Lily Tomlin and Keith Carradine. It starts at 7; tickets are $4 or free with a UNC One Card. Details: 919-962-5481 or

    • Wednesday night in Cary, The Cary Theater will host the world premiere of Tom Sylvester’s new documentary, “The Satellite Men,” which focuses on a Top Secret program in 1962 to build and launch the first operational weather satellite. 7 p.m. $5. Details: 919-462-2051 or

Two of the wildest and most hilarious movies of the ’80s screen at the Carolina Theatre in Durham on Friday, in a double feature called “Funny Chases and Getaways.” First up, there’s Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1987 comedy “Raising Arizona,” starring Nicholas Cage and Holly Hunter in a tall tale about a childless couple kidnapping a quintuplet from a furniture tycoon because “they had more than they could handle.” Following that is John Landis’ 1980 musical comedy “The Blues Brothers,” starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd on a “mission from God” to save a Catholic orphanage from foreclosure. The double bill begins at 7 p.m., and admission is $8 ($6.25 for Star members). Details: 919-560-3030 or

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