Film Picks

The best film picks, June 6

CorrespondentJune 5, 2014 

Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in Rian Johnson’s under-appreciated 2005 crime thriller “Brick,” which will screen at the Rialto in Raleigh on Sunday.

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    • Friday in Durham, the Carolina Theatre’s monthly Retro Classics film series presents a double feature entitled “Terror Behind The Curtains” consisting of André De Toth’s 1953 Vincent Price horror classic “House of Wax” and George Cukor’s 1944 Oscar-winning thriller “Gaslight,” starring Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer and Joseph Cotten. The double bill begins at 7 p.m., and admission is $8 ($6.25 for Star members). Details: 919-560-3030 or festivals.carolinatheatre.org.

    • Also Friday, the N.C. Museum of Art’s Summer Movies series will feature Stephen Frears’ Oscar-nominated 2013 drama “Philomena,” starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, at the open-air theater. On Saturday, another Oscar-nominated film based on a true story, Paul Greengrass’ “Captain Philips,” starring Tom Hanks, screens at the same venue. Both nights’ features begin at 9 p.m. and tickets are $5 (free for museum members). Details: 919-715-5923 or ncartmuseum.org.

    • Also Friday, the PNC Downtown Raleigh Movie Series, featuring films that were filmed in part or whole in North Carolina, will present Michael Mann’s 1992 action adventure “The Last of the Mohicans,” starring Daniel Day-Lewis. The free event begins at 5:30 p.m. at City Plaza with food trucks, local craft beers and a live performance by local band Outside Soul before the screening. The movie begins at dusk. Details: 919-832-1231 or www.godowntownraleigh.com.

    • Wednesday at the Colony Theater, the Cinema Overdrive series presents J. Michael Muro’s 1987 horror comedy cult classic “Street Trash,” about a deadly case of liquor called “Viper” that makes people grotesquely melt into multicolored ooze. Yep, it’s a hard R-rated movie. Augmented by vintage trailers, the screening starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $5. Details: 919-847-5677 or ambassadorcinemas.com.

    • Thursday in Cary at Regency Park, the Koka Booth Amphitheatre’s summer series “Movies by Moonlight” continues with a “Throwback Thursday” screening of Rob Reiner’s 1987 fantasy rom-com “The Princess Bride,” starring Cary Elwes and Robin Wright. Gates open at 7 p.m. (movie starts at dusk – approximately 8:30). Admission is $3 (free for kids 12 and under). Details: 919-462-2052 or boothamphitheatre.com.

    • Also in Cary on Thursday, The Cary Theater will be showing Ramesh Sippy’s 1975 Bollywood hit “Sholay” at 7 p.m. Admission is $5. Details: 919-462-2051 or townofcary.org.

Although it was critically acclaimed and fairly successful in its limited release at the box office, Rian Johnson’s 2005 crime thriller “Brick” has slipped through the cracks into semi-obscurity. The Cinema Inc. series’ screening of it on Sunday at the Rialto in Raleigh may help local movie lovers recognize it as a modern classic. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as a teenage loner who plunges into the underworld to solve the mystery of the death of his heroin-addicted ex-girlfriend (Emilie de Ravin). “Brick” starts at 7 p.m. and passes are $6 for the remainder of the season. Details: 919-787-7611 or cinema-inc.org.

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