Film Picks

The best film picks, May 2

CorrespondentMay 2, 2014 

Jeffrey Wright stars as Muddy Waters in “Cadillac Records,” showing at the Nasher Museum of Art.


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    • The N.C. Museum of Art’s Spring Film Series, “Suspense under the Sun,” continues Friday night with René Clément’s 1960 thriller “Purple Noon,” starring Alain Delon, Maurice Ronet and Marie Laforêt. 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

    • Also Friday evening in Durham, the Carolina Theatre’s monthly Retro Classics film series presents a double feature dubbed “The Mission Remains the Same,” consisting of John Boorman’s 1972 thriller “Deliverance,” starring Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds and Ned Beatty; and John Ford’s 1956 Western epic “The Searchers,” starring John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter and Vera Miles. The double bill begins at 7, and admission is $8 ($6.25 for Star members). Details: 919-560-3030 or

    • Wednesday night in Raleigh, the Colony Theatre’s “Golden Age” series, spotlighting Hollywood classics from the ’20s through the ’60s, is serving up Howard Hawks’ 1953 romantic musical comedy classic “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” starring Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe and Charles Coburn. It starts at 7:30 and admission is $5. Details: 919-847-5677 or

Thursday night in Durham, Duke’s Screen/Society is presenting Darnell Martin’s “Cadillac Records” (2008) as part of the Archibald Motley Exhibition Film Series at the Nasher Museum of Art Auditorium. The critically acclaimed Chicago-set musical drama, a biopic of Chess Records founder Leonard Chess (portrayed by Adrien Brody), boasts a best-selling blues soundtrack featuring classic tracks by Muddy Waters, Etta James, Howlin’ Wolf and Chuck Berry, performed by their film counterparts: Jeffrey Wright, Beyoncé, Eamonn Walker and Mos Def. 7 pm. Free. Details: 919-660-3030 or

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