Earlier this year, there were mass screenings of Michael Radford’s 1984 adaptation of George Orwell’s 1949 novel “1984” in protest of the current political climate, but a film released in 1985 better captured the spirit of the book and has attained greater status in the decades that followed. That would be Terry Gilliam’s “Brazil,” which screens as part of the N.C. Museum of Art’s Summer Outdoor Movie series on Friday. The darkly comic masterpiece stars Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist and Robert De Niro in a surreal tale about a cog in a future dystopian system who finds himself at odds with the omnipresent Ministry of Information. While the majority of the NCMA’s summer series’ features are family friendly, parents should take note that “Brazil” is R-rated and a somewhat disturbing film (hey, it freaked me out when I saw it as kid!).
Doors open at 7:30 p.m., with the feature beginning at 9. $6 (free for museum members). Details: 919-715-5923 or ncartmuseum.org.
- Friday, the Cary Theater is hosting a special screening of Taggart Siege’s 2016 documentary “Seed: The Untold Story” presented by Good Hope Farm at 6:45 p.m. $7-$12. Following that will be Terence Davies’ 2016 Emily Dickinson biopic “A Quiet Passion,” starring Cynthia Nixon, at 9:30 (encore of “A Quiet Passion” on Sunday at 2 p.m.). Tickets are $3-$5. At 11 a.m. Tuesday, Simon J. Smith and Steve Hickner’s 2007 animated adventure “Bee Movie” shows as part of the Film Day – Fun Day series ($1). At 7 p.m., it’s the Rough Cuts Review, a program of works-in-progress by local filmmakers (free). Thursday, there is a screening of Vanessa Gould’s 2016 documentary “Obit” at 2 p.m. ($3-$5), followed by the FAD (Film-Art-Dance) Festival, which features a collection of short dance films, at 7 p.m. $3-$7. Details: 919-462-2051 or thecarytheater.com.
- Friday through Sunday at the Carolina Theatre in Durham, the RetroMusicals Film Series presents a roster of classic musicals including Mervin Leroy’s “Gypsy,” Richard Lester’s “A Hard Day’s Night,” Irving Berlin’s “Easter Parade,” Cole Porter’s “Kiss Me Kate,” Vincente Minnelli’s “An American in Paris,” Ken Russell’s “Tommy,” Milos Forman’s “Hair,” Otto Preminger’s “Carmen Jones,” Minnelli’s “The Pirate” and Arthur Hiller’s “Man of La Mancha.” Details: 919-560-3030 or carolinatheatre.org.
- Friday in Cary, the Koka Booth Amphitheatre’s “Movies by Moonlight” series continues with Christophe Lourdelet and Garth Jennings’ 2016 animated hit “Sing.” Admission is $5, with kids 12 & under free. Saturday, it’s the Sing-A-Long version of Randal Kleiser’s 1978 classic “Grease,” starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton John. Gates open at 7 (movies start at dusk). Tickets are $15-$20 for adults, $7-$10 for ages 5-12, free for ages 4 and under. Details: 919-462-2052 or boothamphitheatre.com.
- Thursday in Durham, the Full Frame Theater, located on the American Tobacco Campus, hosts a screening of Sam Wainwright Douglas’ 2017 documentary “Through the Repellent Fence.” A Q&A with director Douglas follows the film. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., screening begins at 7. Details: 919-684-4444 or fullframefest.org.