Earlier this week, the publication of Harper Lee’s long awaited second novel “Go Set a Watchman” sparked controversy, but nothing can diminish the power of her 1960 masterwork “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The highly acclaimed 1962 film adaptation of the American classic screens on Friday at The N.C. Museum of Art as part of their Summer Film series at the open air theater in the Museum Park. Gregory Peck won the Academy Award for his iconic portrayal of noble lawyer Atticus Finch, who defends a black man (Brock Peters) accused of raping a white woman (Collin Wilcox Paxton) in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama, during the 1930s.
The film also stars Mary Badham and Phillip Alford as Finch’s kids, Jean Louise “Scout” and her brother Jeremy “Jem,” and features the film debut of Robert Duvall as the silent, but crucial character Arthur “Boo” Radley. Saturday, the museum screens Ava DuVernay’s 2014 historical drama “Selma,” starring David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson and Oprah Winfrey. Doors open at 7:30 both evenings, with the films beginning at 9. $5 (free for museum members). Details: 919-715-5923 or ncartmuseum.org.
▪ Friday night in Durham, the Carolina Theatre’s Retrofantasma film series presents a double feature that declares “Cover Your Privates,” consisting of two 1950s army comedy classics. First up, John Ford, Mervyn LeRoy and Joshua Logan’s “Mr. Roberts” (1955) starring Henry Fonda, James Cagney, William Powell and Jack Lemmon. That’s followed by LeRoy’s “No Time for Sergeants” (1958) starring Andy Griffith, Myron McCormick and Don Knotts. The double bill begins at 7 and admission is $8 ($6.25 for Star members). Details: 919-560-3030 or festivals.carolinatheatre.org/retrofantasma.
▪ Friday night in Cary, The Cary Theater shows Clara Mamet’s 2014 family drama “Two-Bit Waltz” at 7, with Jay Roach’s 1997 comedy classic “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” following at 9. Sunday afternoon, Lasse Hallström’s 2000 romantic drama “Chocolat” will show at 2. The Cary continues their food film theme on Thursday night with Hallström’s 2014 comedy “The 100 Foot Journey” at 7, followed by Alfonso Arau’s 1992 Spanish hit “Like Water For Chocolate” at 9:30. Admission to each film is $5. Details: 919-462-2051 or thecarytheater.com.
▪ Friday in Durham, the Full Frame Theater, located on the American Tobacco Campus, continues its Third Friday Film series with a screening of Albert Maysles, Lynn True, Nelson Walker, Ben Wu, David Usui’s 2015 documentary “In Transit,” about the everyday passengers aboard America’s busiest long-distance train route, the Empire Builder. The film starts at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7). The cost is free but tickets are still required. Reserve at eventbrite.com. More details: 919-684-4444 or fullframefest.org.
▪ Saturday, the Carolina Theatre is hosting a Fan Appreciation Day with free screenings of Don Bluth’s 1988 animated adventure “The Land Before Time” at 2 p.m., J. Lee Thompson’s 1962 thriller “Cape Fear” at 4, and Jeannot Szwarc’s 1978 sequel hit “Jaws 2” at 6. There will be free popcorn and door prizes. Details: 919-560-3030 or festivals.carolinatheatre.org/retrofantasma.
▪ Thursday evening in Durham, Duke’s Screen/Society’s Dinner and a Movie Series screens Jon Foy’s 2011 documentary “Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles” at the Nasher Museum of Art Auditorium. The museum café opens at 5 and the film is at 7. Free. Details: 919-660-3030 or ami.trinity.duke.edu/screensociety.