Film Picks

The best film picks, July 4

CorrespondentJuly 3, 2014 

Richard J. Sarafian’s 1971 action thriller “Vanishing Point” screens Wednesday at Colony Theater in Raleigh.


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    • It was 50 years ago this weekend that the Beatles’ first feature film, “A Hard Day’s Night,” premiered at the Pavilion Theatre in London. To celebrate the occasion, a re-mastered re-release of the Richard Lester-directed pop classic will screen on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Raleigh Grande. Tickets are $10 (children $7) for the Saturday evening show; $7.50 ($7 children) for the Sunday afternoon screening. Details: 919-226-2012 or

    • Saturday night, Durham Cinematheque’s Movies in the Park presents “Around the World in 80 Minutes,” a program of clips and excerpts from educational films and travel films that were shot in the ‘20s to ‘70s interspersed with musical numbers from Fats Waller, Erskine Hawkins, Peggy Lee and others. The event takes place at The Leaf on the east side of Foster Street in Durham Central Park. It starts at 9, and it’s free. Details: 919-688-0965 or

    • Thursday night, the Syfy channel’s 2013 sensation “Sharknado” will be mocked by the comedy troupe Rifftrax (a group made up of former Mystery Science Theater 3000 members Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett) in a live broadcast which will be shown at three local theaters: in Raleigh at North Hills 14 and Brier Creek Stadium 14, and in Cary at Crossroads 20. It starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12.50. Details:

In Quentin Tarantino's 2007 action thriller "Death Proof," Richard J. Sarafian's 1971 action thriller "Vanishing Point" is constantly referred to as "one of the best American movies ever made." Raleigh film fans can find out for themselves whether that's true on Wednesday night when "Vanishing Point," starring Barry Newman, Cleavon Little, Dean Jagger and a white 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T, screens at the Colony Theater as part of the Cinema Overdrive series. The drive-in classic concerns a car delivery driver (Newman) who leads the police on a wild chase to win a bet that he can deliver a vehicle (the white Dodge Challenger) from Colorado to San Francisco in less than 15 hours. It starts at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $5. Details: 919-847-5677 or

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