Saturday evening at the Carolina Theatre in Durham, The Modern School of Film’s series “Film: Acoustic,” which pairs musicians with their favorite movies, is presenting one of their most interesting combos yet: Jeff Tweedy of the acclaimed Chicago band Wilco will present and discuss Chris Smith’s 1999 cult-favorite documentary “American Movie.” The film focuses on aspiring Midwestern filmmaker Mark Borchardt’s attempts to complete his short horror film “Coven,” so that he can finance his dream project, an epic full-length feature named “Northwestern.” As “American Movie” is a funny, honest, and sometimes sad story about a scruffy indie artist struggling with his contradictions, it’s easy to see why Tweedy would relate to it. 7 p.m. $15. Details: 919-560-3030 or carolinatheatre.org/events.
▪ In Durham on Friday night, the Carolina Theatre’s Retrofantasm film series presents a double feature dubbed “Love Means Never Having To Say You’re Sorry,” consisting of two romantic dramas from the golden age of cinema: Leo McCarey’s “An Affair To Remember” (1957), followed by Michael Powell’s “A Matter of Life and Death” (1946). The double bill begins at 7 and admission is $9 ($75 for a Retro Pass). Details: 919-560-3030 or festivals.carolinatheatre.org/retrofantasma.
▪ Also on Friday night, The Cary Theater in downtown Cary presents a free screening of Chris Pochiba’s 2015 documentary “Ad(venture): Discovering Who We Are,” about 15 Venture Expeditions cyclists biking across America during the summer of 2014. The film starts at 7 and there is a Q&A with director Pochiba following the film. Saturday, Steven Spielberg’s 1998 World War II drama “Saving Private Ryan,” starring Tom Hanks and Matt Damon, will show at 7 p.m. Sunday afternoon at 2, John Huston’s 1952 classic “The African Queen,” starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn, screens as the Suggestion Box Sunday selection. Thursday night, Teller’s 2013 documentary “Tim’s Vermeer” will be shown at 7, with Tim Burton’s 2014 biopic of painter Margaret Keane, “Big Eyes,” following at 9:30. Admission to each feature at The Cary is $5. Details: 919-462-2051 or thecarytheater.com.
▪ Thursday night in Durham, Duke’s Screen/Society’s “Dinner and a Movie” series presents Rebecca Dreyfus’ 2006 documentary “Stolen” at the Nasher Museum of Art Auditorium at 7. Free. Details: 919-660-3030 or ami.trinity.duke.edu/screensociety.