Film Picks

The best film picks, June 20

CorrespondentJune 19, 2014 

Adam Hulin (left) Michael D. Acosta (right) filming “Devolve Babylon” on location in Hillsborough.


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    • Friday night at the open-air theater, the N.C. Museum of Art’s Summer Movies series will feature Nicole Holofcener’s 2013 rom-com “Enough Said,” starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the late James Gandolfini. Saturday evening, John Lee Hancock’s 2013 Disneyfied drama “Saving Mr. Banks,” starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, will be shown at the same venue. Both features begin at 9, and tickets are $5 (free for museum members). Details: 919-715-5923 or

    • Also Friday in Raleigh, the PNC Downtown Raleigh Movie Series, featuring films that were filmed in part or whole in North Carolina, will present Shane Black’s 2013 superhero smash “Iron Man 3,” starring Robert Downey, Jr. The free event begins at 5:30 p.m. at City Plaza with food trucks, local craft beers and a live performance by the Laura Reed Band before the screening. The movie begins at dusk. Details: 919-832-1231 or

    • In Durham on Friday, Carolina Theatre’s Retrofantasm series is offering a double feature entitled “Terror From Below,” of Steven Spielberg’s 1975 classic “Jaws” and Ron Underwood’s 1990 comedy horror flick “Tremors.” The double bill begins at 7, and admission is $8 ($6.25 for Star members). Details: 919-560-3030 or

    • Also Friday in Durham, the Full Frame Theater, located on the American Tobacco Campus, continues its Third Friday Film series with a screening of Greg “Freddy” Camalier’s 2013 documentary “Muscle Shoals,” which won the Best Documentary Oscar at the 2014 Academy Awards. The show is at 7:30 p.m. and it’s free. Details: 919-684-4444 or

    • Sunday, Francis Ford Coppola’s Oscar-winning mafia masterpieces “The Godfather” (1972) and “The Godfather: Part II” (1974) will screen at Crossroads 20 in Cary, as part of the Regal Classic Film Series. “The Godfather” screens at 2 p.m. and “The Godfather: Part II” at 7 p.m. Both films will screen at the same times on Wednesday. The matinees are $8, evenings $10. Details: 919-816-0220 or

    • Thursday night in Cary, The Cary Theater will show Simon Curtis’ 2011 drama “My Week with Marilyn,” starring Michelle Williams as the legendary Marilyn Monroe. It screens at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5. Details: 919-462-2051 or

    • Also Thursday night, Duke’s Screen/Society’s “Dinner and a Movie Series” is showing Scott Willis’ 2010 documentary “The Woodmans” at the Nasher Museum of Art Auditorium. The the film is at 7 p.m. Free. Details: 919-660-3030

Sunday night, the Colony Theatre in Raleigh will host the World Premiere of Michael D. Acosta’s “Devolve Babylon,” which was shot almost entirely in Hillsborough. Co-producer and second unit director Adam Hulin describes the film as “a drama about an unhappy middle-aged man who, after being fired from his mindlessly boring job, takes a strange, psychedelic journey to find his true purpose in life.” Acosta, a teacher of screenwriting at Piedmont Community College, takes the lead as David Michael Babylon in his directorial debut, which he also wrote and co-produced. The cast and crew will be in attendance at the event. It starts at 7 p.m., and tickets are $9. Details: 919-847-5677 or

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