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The best film picks, July 11

CorrespondentJuly 10, 2014 

On Sunday, the Cinema Inc. series at The Rialto in Raleigh is screening Florian Henckel-Donnersmarck’s “The Lives of Others,” a German film which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2007.

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    • Friday night, the N.C. Museum of Art’s Summer Movies series will cool things down with a showing of Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee’s 2013 animated musical blockbuster, “Frozen,” featuring the voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel and Jonathan Groff. It begins at 9, and tickets are $5 (free for museum members). Details: 919-715-5923 or ncartmuseum.org.

    • In Durham on Friday, the Carolina Theatre’s Retrofantasm presents “A Tribute to William Friedkin,” a double feature of the director’s 1977 action adventure, “Sorcerer,” and his Oscar-winning 1971 police thriller, “The French Connection.” 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.

    • In Cary on Friday, the Koka Booth Amphitheatre’s summer series Movies by Moonlight continues with one of this year’s biggest critical and commercial hits: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s “The Lego Movie.” 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 Friday in Cary, The Cary Theater will show Chris Rock’s 2009 documentary, “Good Hair,” concerning the complex issue of how African-American women feel about their hair. On Saturday night, The Cary will screen Martin Ritt’s Oscar-winning 1979 drama, “Norma Rae,” starring Sally Field. And Casey Affleck’s 2010 mockumentary, “I’m Not There,” about Joaquin Phoenix retiring from acting to become a rapper, will screen at the same venue on Thursday night. All three features screen at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5. Details: 919-462-2051 or townofcary.org.

    • Saturday in Durham, the Carolina Theater hosts a Fan Appreciation Day with free screenings of Don Bluth’s 1982 family favorite, “The Secret of NIMH” (2 p.m.), Jonathan Lynn’s 1985 comedy mystery, “Clue,” (4 p.m.) and Sergio Leone’s 1966 Western, “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” (7 p.m.). Free popcorn! Details: 919-560-3030 or carolinatheatre.org.

    • Sunday night, the Colony Theater in Raleigh will host the North Carolina premiere of Dan Riesser’s comedy horror flick, “Stomping Ground,” concerning a couple who go on an impromptu hunt for Bigfoot in the Carolina backwoods. Theresa Tilly, who was in the original “Evil Dead” (1981) and the recent “Oz the Great and Powerful” (2013), makes a special appearance in the film – which was fully shot in North Carolina. The cast and crew will attend. It starts at 7 p.m., and tickets are $9. Details: 919-847-5677 or ambassadorcinemas.com.

    • Wednesday night, the Colony Theater’s Cool Classics series presents an encore presentation of Rob Reiner’s 1987 fantasy rom-com, “The Princess Bride,” starring Cary Elwes and Robin Wright. It starts at 7:30, and admission is $5. Details: 919-847-5677 or ambassadorcinemas.com.

    • Thursday, as a part of the fourth annual “Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies,” a rare live studio performance of the Grateful Dead performing on the legendary European tour in 1972 at The Beat Club in Bremen, Germany, 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 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.50. Details: nando.com/h4.

On Sunday, the long-running Cinema Inc. series at the Rialto in Raleigh is screening Florian Henckel-Donnersmarck's "The Lives of Others," a German film which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2007. The acclaimed thriller is set in East Germany in 1984, a time in which artists who were suspected of having subversive tendencies were the subjects of wiretapping by the secret police (Stasi). Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck and Sebastian Koch star in the film that the late Roger Ebert called "a powerful but quiet film, constructed of hidden thoughts and secret desires." It starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $4. Details: 919-787-7611 or cinema-inc.org.

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