Friday evening, two of this year’s best bio-docs, both about beloved and missed entertainers, will be shown at The Cary Theater in downtown Cary. First up, there’s Asif Kapadia’s “Amy” at 7, which focuses on the rise and fall of British R&B-soul singer Amy Winehouse. Winehouse, who died in 2011 at age 27, was extensively filmed throughout her career, so the film features a lot of breathtaking footage capturing her incredible talent. Paying tribute are interviewees including members of her family, The Roots’ bandleader Questlove, producer Mark Ronson, and hip hop artist Yasiin Bey (Mos Def). Then at 9:30, a screening of Steven Riley’s “Listen To Me Marlon,” about legendary movie star Marlon Brando. The film features excerpts from the hundreds of audiotapes that Brando recorded over the years until his death in 2004 at age 80, as well as an engrossing collage of film clips, screen tests, production stills and many never-before-seen photos. There is an encore screening of “Amy” at 2 p.m. Sunday.
On Thursday at 7 p.m., a special showing of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 suspense classic “The Birds” will be curated by retiring town manager, Ben Shivar. Admission to each film is $5. Details: 919-462-2051 or thecarytheater.com.
- The Carolina Theatre in downtown Durham hosts The RetroEpics Film Festival this weekend. The films featured, which are all over three hours in length, include Wolfgang Peterson’s “Das Boot: The Director’s Cut” (1981); Stanley Kubrick’s “Barry Lyndon” (1975); Sergio Leone’s “Once Upon a Time in the West” (1968); Stanley Kramer’s “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” (1963); Werner Herzog’s “Fitzcarraldo” (1982); David Lynch’s “Dune: The Extended Cut” (1984); Akira Kurosawa’s “Ran” (1985); and Robert Wise’s “The Sound of Music” (1965). The festival runs Friday through Sunday. Tickets are $9 for each film. Details: 919-560-3030 or carolinatheatre.org.
- Friday in Durham, the Full Frame Theater, located on the American Tobacco Campus, continues its Third Friday Film series with Louie Psihoyos’s 2015 documentary “Racing Extinction” at 7:30 p.m., which will be followed by a Q&A. An encore screening of the film will be presented by The Full Frame Road Show at 8 p.m. Thursday at Duke Gardens. Both events are free but tickets are still required. Reserve at eventbrite.com. More details: 919-684-4444 or fullframefest.org.
- The N.C. Museum of Art’s Summer Film Series celebrates the 50th anniversary of Robert Wise’s “The Sound of Music” Saturday night with a screening of the classic musical at their open-air theater in Museum Park. Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer and Eleanor Parker star. Doors open at 6:30, with the feature beginning at 8. $5 (free for museum members). Details: 919-715-5923 or ncartmuseum.org.
- Monday in Durham, Duke’s Screen/Society’s Cuban Cinema Series presents Humberto Solás’ 1968 drama “Lucia” at White 107 (White Lecture Hall) as part of the AMI Showcase. It will be introduced by Professor Gustavo Furtado. Tuesday, the Screen/Society’s French & Francophone Film Festival continues with Bruno Dumont’s 2014 crime comedy “Li’l Quinquin” at the Bryan Center Griffith Film Theater. A Q&A follows the screening. Wednesday, the Cuban Cinema Series reconvenes with Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s “Memories of Underdevelopment” back at White 107. Professor Furtado will again introduce. All of the Screen/Society’s screenings start at 7 p.m. and are free. Details: 919-660-3030 or ami.trinity.duke.edu/screensociety.