The N.C. Museum of Art’s Winter 2016 film series, which celebrates the best of dance on the silver screen, offers up one of its most charming, and entertaining selections of the season on Friday night: Masayuki Suo’s 1996 Japanese musical rom-com “Shall We Dance.” Kōji Yakusho stars as a successful Tokyo salaryman, who on a whim secretly signs up for ballroom dance lessons in hopes of giving his life a needed charge. Tamiyo Kusakari and Naoto Takenaka also star in the huge international hit that swept the Japanese Academy Awards in 1997, gained a big fan in then President Bill Clinton, and spawned a 2004 American remake starring Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez that’s nowhere near as good. It starts at 8 with an introduction by NCSU Japanese Studies professor John Mertz.
Tickets are $7 ($5 for students and NCMA members). Details: 919-715-5923 or ncartmuseum.org.
- Also Friday night in Durham, the Carolina Theatre’s Retroamore film series (an off-shoot of Retrofantasma) presents a double feature of mid ’80s fantasy favorites: Rob Reiner’s “The Princess Bride” (1987) and Richard Donner’s “Ladyhawke” (1985). The double bill begins at 7 and admission is $9. Details: 919-560-3030 or festivals.carolinatheatre.org/retrofantasma.
- Sunday, The Cary Theater in downtown Cary screens Paul Weitz’s 2015 comedy drama “Grandma,” starring Lily Tomlin, at 2 p.m. Thursday, Fernando León de Aranoa’s 2015 drama “A Perfect Day” screens at 7 p.m., followed by Rock Baijnauth’s 2015 documentary “Barista” at 9. Tickets are $3-$5 for each film. Details: 919-462-2051 or thecarytheater.com.
- Monday at Duke University in Durham, the Screen/Society’s AMI (Arts of the Moving Image) Faculty Spotlight will be featuring Anna Kipervaser’s 2015 documentary “Cairo in One Breath” at Bryan Center Griffith Film Theater. A Q&A with Kipervaser will follow. Tuesday, the New Turkish Cinema series will show Pelin Esmer’s 2005 documentary “Oyun,” followed by Q&A with Didem Havlioğlu, Slavic & Eurasian Studies, at White 107 (White Lecture Hall). Wednesday at Bryan Center, the 2016 Ethics Series will present Jon Favreau’s 2014 comedy “Chef,” which will introduced by food writer Kelly Alexander (Center for Documentary Studies), with a discussion following the film. Thursday, the Cine-East: East Asian Cinema Series screens Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s 2010 fantasy drama “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” at East Duke 209. All four events begin at 7 p.m. and are free. Details: 919-660-3030 or ami.trinity.duke.edu/screensociety.