Monday evening, the Rialto Theater in Raleigh presents Steven Spielberg’s 1982 sci-fi fantasy favorite “E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial” as part of its Monday at the Movies series.
The much-loved film tells the story of a space alien who befriends a young California boy (Henry Thomas) while stranded on Earth during a routine mission. It won four Academy Awards for Best Original Score, Best Sound, Best Sound Effects Editing and Best Visual Effects.
Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote and Drew Barrymore, in her film debut, also star in the movie that held the record for the highest grossing movie of all time for nearly a decade until it was dethroned in 1993 by another Spielberg project, “Jurassic Park.”
Celebrate the 35th anniversary of “E.T.” with some Reese’s Pieces when it screens at 7 p.m. $5. Details: 919-856-8683 or ambassadorcinemas.com.
Never miss a local story.
▪ Saturday, the Cary Theater is hosting the New York Dog Film Festival, featuring a program of canine-themed short films from around the world. Attendees are encouraged to bring their dogs for the two showings at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
On Sunday at 2 p.m., it’s David Frankel’s “Marley and Me” (2008). Tuesday at 11 a.m., Don Bluth’s “All Dogs Go to Heaven” (1989) screens as part of the Film Day-Fun Day series.
On Thursday, Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis’ 2017 documentary “Whose Streets” screens at 2 p.m. (There will be an encore at 9:30.) On Thursday at 7 p.m., it’s Joseph Cedar’s 2016 drama “Norman.” Admission is $3 to $5 for each film except for the N.Y. Dog Festival, which is $3 to $6 ($10 Adult Pack/$5 Dog Pack), and the Film Day-Fun Day event is $1. Details: 919-462-2051 or thecarytheater.com.
▪ Friday night, the Carolina Theatre in Durham is presenting a double feature of vintage Westerns as part of its RetroClassics series. First up, there’s Clint Eastwood’s “Pale Rider” (1985), starring Eastwood, Richard Dysart and John Russell. That’s followed by Henry Hathaway’s “True Grit” (1969), starring John Wayne, Kim Darby and the recently deceased Glen Campbell. $9. Details: 919-560-3030 or carolinatheatre.org.
▪ The N.C. Museum of Art’s Summer Outdoor Movie series continues Friday with Barry Jenkins’ 2016 Oscar-winning drama “Moonlight” at the open-air Museum Park Theater. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., with the feature starting at 9. $6 (free for museum members). Details: 919-715-5923 or ncartmuseum.org.