In advance of Halloween, the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will screen a film that has greatly added to the enduring (and false!) myth that black cats bring bad luck or are symbols of evil omens: Edgar G. Ulmer’s “The Black Cat.” Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi star in the 1934 horror classic, which was very loosely based on Edgar Allen Poe’s 1843 short story of the same name. The screening, part of the 2016 Fall Films series “Decomania,” uses a 35mm print from Universal Studio Archive.
It starts at 8 p.m. Friday at the Museum Auditorium with an introduction by NCMA film curator Laura Boyes. $5 for Museum members ($7 for nonmembers). Info: ncartmuseum.org.
- Friday, the Cary Theater presents Zombiepalooza, a celebration of the zombie genre consisting of local filmmakers’ zombie short films, cosplay contests and a screening of the classic zombie movie that started it all: George A. Romero’s 1968 horror classic “Night of the Living Dead.” The free event, which takes place in the parking lot beside The Cary, starts at 7 p.m. (movie at 9:30). Saturday, Zach Helm’s 2007 fantasy comedy “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium” screens at 3 p.m. ($3-$5). Sunday, John Carpenter’s 1978 horror classic “Halloween,” which includes an extended interview and retrospective with the director, will play at 2 p.m. ($3-$5). Tuesday, The Cary hosts “See the World, Feed Your Mind: Animated Shorts from the Seattle Children’s Film Festival 2016” at 10 a.m. ($1). Thursday, Charlotte Lagarde and Carrie Lozano’s 2016 documentary “The Ballad of Fred Hersch” screens as part of the Full Frame Documentary Roadshow at 7 p.m. (free; tickets can be reserved via Eventbrite). Details: 919-462- 2051 or thecarytheater.com.
- For First Friday, the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences features Richard Irving’s 1973 TV movie “The Six Million Dollar Man,” starring Lee Majors. The screening accompanies a presentation about biomedical engineering and the high-tech future of the human body by professor Greg Sawicki. Doors open at 5:30, and the event begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $5. Details: 919-733-7450 or naturalsciences.org.
- In Durham on Friday, the Carolina Theatre’s RetroClassics series offers a double feature of Alan J. Pakula’s 1976 classic “All the President’s Men,” starring Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford; and James Bridges’ 1979 thriller “The China Syndrome,” starring Michael Douglas, Jane Fonda and Jack Lemmon. The double bill begins at 7 p.m. and admission is $9. Details: 919-560-3030 or carolinatheatre.org.
- Also Friday at Duke University, the Screen/Society’s Cine-East: East Asian Cinema series presents the U.S. premiere of Wu Wenguang’s 2016 documentary “Investigating My Father” as part of the “Cultural Revolution in Asia and Beyond” conference at White 107. Tuesday, the AMI Showcase/Reel Women Directors of the Middle-East series features Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz’s 2014 drama “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem” at Bryan Center Griffith Film Theater. Wednesday at Griffith, the Cine-East: East Asian Cinema series presents Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s 2015 action drama “The Assassin.” All screenings begin at 7 p.m. and are free. Details: 919-660-3030 or ami.trinity.duke.edu/screensociety.