Digitally restored ‘The Third Man’ begins week-long run at The Colony
The Colony Theater in North Raleigh is closing in December, but local film fans still have time to catch plenty of classic cinema before they shut the doors. Starting Friday, the new 4K digital restoration of Carol Reed’s “The Third Man” (regarded by many to be one of the greatest movies all time) will play daily through next Thursday night. The sublime 1949 thriller, which is set in post-World War II Vienna, stars Joseph Cotton, Orson Welles, Alida Valli, Bernard Lee (the original “M” from the James Bond series) and Trevor Howard. Admission is $9 ($7.50 for matinees Friday-Sunday). On Wednesday night, The Colony’s Cool Classics series will present an encore screening of Rob Reiner’s acclaimed 1987 rom-com “The Princess Bride,” starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright and Mandy Patinkin, at 7:30. Admission is $5. Details: 919-847-5677 or ambassadorcinemas.com.
- In conjunction with NC Comicon, the Carolina Theatre in Durham hosts the third annual Comiquest Film Festival, Friday through Sunday. The films featured are: Takao Okawara’s “Godzilla vs. Destoroyah” (1995); Gary Goddard’s “Masters of the Universe” (1987); Simon Wincer’s “The Phantom” (1996); Gerald Potterton’s “Heavy Metal” (1981); Guy Hamilton’s “Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins” (1985); and Terry Zwigoff’s “Ghost World” (2001). Tickets are $8 for each film ($6 for kids 12 and under). Details: 919-560-3030 or carolinatheatre.org.
- On Friday, The Cary Theater in downtown Cary will screen Jean-Marc Vallée’s “Wild,” starring Resse Witherspoon, at 7 p.m., followed by Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville’s “Best of Enemies” at 9:15. Sunday, Orson Welles’ 1941 masterpiece “Citizen Kane” screens at 2 p.m. Thursday, Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s “Still Alice” (2014), starring Julianne Moore, plays at 7 p.m., followed by James Vanderbilt’s “Truth” (2015), starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford, at 9:30. Admission is $5 to each film. Details: 919-462-2051 or thecarytheater.com.
- Also Friday, The N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh kicks off its Fall Films series with Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly’s 1952 musical classic “Singin’ in the Rain” at 8:30 p.m. The event celebrates the reopening of the redesigned SECU Auditorium, with live music by the Gregg Gelb Jazz Quintet preceding the film – but it’s sold out. So this would be a great time to go ahead and reserve tickets for next their next screening, “Citizen Kane,” on Nov. 20. Details: 919-715-5923 or ncartmuseum.org.
- Sunday at the Rialto Theater in Raleigh, there is an advance screening of Justin Kurzel’s 2015 adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” starring Michael Fassbender, Elizabeth Debicki and Marion Cotillard, presented by Carolina Ballet. The 7 p.m. screening kicks off their 2016 Spring Shakespeare Series. Preceding the film is a reception at Proof Five Points (adjacent to The Rialto) catered by Notte Urbana. A $75 tax deductible donation to Carolina Ballet grants admission for one to the 5 p.m. reception and priority seating in the theater. Details: 919-856-8683 or ambassadorcinemas.com.
- Monday in Durham, Duke’s Screen/Society’s New Turkish Cinema Series presents Reha Erdem’s 2010 fantasy drama “Kosmos” at White 107 (White Lecture Hall). Wednesday, the Screen/Society’s Film Noir series screens Nicholas Ray’s 1951 crime drama “On Dangerous Ground” as part of the AMI (Arts of the Moving Image) Showcase. Both events start at 7 p.m and are free. Details: 919-660-3030 or ami.trinity.duke.edu/screensociety.
- A special screening of Patrick Shanahan’s 2015 “The No Hand King,” about Raleigh native Rodney Hines, happens Thursday night at the Rialto. Showtimes are 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. Details: 919-856-8683 or ambassadorcinemas.com.