ESPN’s documentary on Duke lacrosse case screens at Motorco
Tuesday night at Motorco in Durham, there will be a free screening of Marina Zenovich’s 2016 documentary “Fantastic Lies,” about the Duke lacrosse rape scandal that shook the university and the city of Durham, and drew national attention 10 years ago. Produced for ESPN’s 30 for 30 series, the film examines the case of how three Duke lacrosse players – then-senior David Evans and sophomores Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann – were falsely accused of raping stripper Crystal Mangum at a party. If Zenovich’s previous films, “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired” (2008) and “Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic” (2013) are any indication, this documentary will provide a thorough and insightful overview of the incendiary incident and the resulting fallout. 7:30 pm. Details: 919-901-0875 or motorcomusic.com.
- Ambassador Entertainment’s new “Late Night” series moves from the Rialto Theater to Mission Valley Cinema on Friday with an 11:30 p.m. screening of the 1991 Hong Kong martial arts-thriller “Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky,” starring Siu-Wong Fan, Mei Sheng Fan and Ka-Kui Ho. $5. Details: 919-856-8683 or ambassadorcinemas.com.
- Friday at the N.C. Museum of Art, the Winter 2016 film series continues with Arthur Lubin’s 1941 musical comedy “Buck Privates,” starring Bud Abbott, Lou Costello and the Andrews Sisters. It starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $7 ($5 for students and NCMA members). Details: 919-715-5923 or ncartmuseum.org.
- Friday in Durham, the Carolina Theatre’s Retrofantasma film series presents a double feature of big screen adaptations of popular ’60s TV shows: Barry Sonnenfeld’s 1991 dark comedy “The Addams Family,” starring Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia and Christopher Lloyd; followed by Leslie H. Martinson’s 1966 action comedy “Batman: The Movie,” starring Adam West and Burt Ward. The double bill begins at 7 p.m. and admission is $9. Details: 919-560-3030 or festivals.carolinatheatre.org/retrofantasma.
- Saturday, The Cary Theater in downtown Cary hosts a double feature of Michael Keaton movies that have been received a lot of Academy Award attention. At 7 p.m., Tom McCarthy’s 2015 drama “Spotlight,” which is nominated for the Best Picture Oscar this year; and at 9:30, last year’s Best Picture winner, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s 2014 comedy drama “Birdman (Or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).” Tickets are $3-$5 for each film. “Spotlight” will also screen free for Cary Film Circle members and guests on Sunday at 2 p.m. (reception at 1). Tuesday, in conjunction with The Modern School of Film, the “Frame-By-Frame” cinema study series continues with a 7 p.m. screening of François Truffaut’s 1949 classic “The 400 Blows,” featuring analysis and discussions led by MCF Founder Robert Milazzo. Tickets are $8-$10. Thursday, the African American Film Festival kicks off at The Cary at 7 p.m. with Allan Smith’s “Rescue Men: The Story of the Pea Island Lifesavers,” followed by Q&A with Director Smith. That is followed by Jeb Stuart’s 2010 drama “Blood Done Sign My Name” at 9:15. Both of Thursday’s screenings are free. Details: 919-462-2051 or thecarytheater.com.
- Thursday, at Duke University in Durham, the Screen/Society’s Cine-East: East Asian Cinema Series presents Shion Sono’s 2013 drama “Why Don’t You Play in Hell” at White 107 (White Lecture Hall). It will be introduced by Prof. Leo Ching (Art of the Moving Image). 7 p.m. Free. Details: 919-660-3030 or ami.trinity.duke.edu/screensociety.