Cary Theater kicks off Christmas film series
Friday night, The Cary Theater in downtown Cary kicks off a series of Christmas-related films with Chris Columbus’ 1992 comedy “Home Alone,” starring Macaulay Culkin, at 7; followed by John McTiernan’s 1988 action classic “Die Hard,” starring Bruce Willis, at 9:30. Saturday morning, Sarah Smith and Barry Cook’s 2011 animated adventure “Arthur Christmas” screens at 10 a.m. Saturday evening, Jeremiah S. Chechik’s 1989 comedy classic “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” starring Chevy Chase, screens at 7, followed by an encore showing of “Home Alone” at 9. Sunday afternoon, Frank Capra’s 1946 classic “It’s a Wonderful Life,” starring Jimmy Stewart, screens at 2 p.m. Thursday night, there will be an encore screening of “It’s a Wonderful Life” at 7, followed by Jon Favreau’s 2003 family favorite “Elf,” starring Will Ferrell, at 9:30. Admission is $3-$5 to each film. Details: 919-462-2051 or thecarytheater.com.
- Friday evening in Durham, the Carolina Theatre’s Retroamore film series presents a double feature dubbed “Men Are Not a New Sensation” consisting of George Kukor’s 1940 classic “The Philadelphia Story,” and Frank Capra’s 1934 classic “It Happened One Night.” The double bill begins at 7, and admission is $9. Details: 919-560-3030 or festivals.carolinatheatre.org/retrofantasma.
- Sunday afternoon, the Rialto Theater’s 1:30 screening of Tom McCarthy’s 2015 drama “Spotlight” will be preceded by an appearance by Washington Post editor Martin Baron hosted by the N.C. Newsroom Cooperative. At 1 p.m., Baron, who is portrayed by Liev Schreiber in the film, will speak about his role in breaking the story of the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal while working for the Boston Globe. Admission: $7.50. Details: 919-856-8683 or ambassadorcinemas.com.
- Sunday night, the annual Browncoat Christmas showing of Joss Whedon’s 2005 sci-fi adventure “Serenity,” starring Nathan Fillion, will take place at the Colony Theater in Raleigh at 7. Wednesday evening, the Colony’s Cinema Overdrive series is presenting John Carpenter’s 1974 cult sci-fi flick “Dark Star,” starring Dan O’Bannon, at 8. Admission is $5 to each event. Details: 919-856-8683 or ambassadorcinemas.com.