Friday, Mission Valley Cinema’s “Late Night” series presents one of the most exciting and funniest cult film favorites of the 1970s: Paul Bartel’s “Death Race 2000.” Set in a dystopian future (which is now the past), the 1975 sci-fi action comedy stars the late David Carradine as a popular champion driver in the Transcontinental Road Race, a 3-day, coast to-coast race from New York to New Los Angeles, which requires contestants to run down innocent pedestrians to gain points. The film’s tagline says it all: “In the year 2000, hit and run driving is no longer a felony – it’s the national sport!” Simone Griffeth and a pre-“Rocky” Sylvester Stallone also star. The 11:30 p.m. screening is sponsored by Schoolkids Records at Mission Valley Shopping Center. $5. Wednesday night at the same venue, the Cinema Overdrive series screens Luigi Cozzi’s wonderfully schlocky 1978 sci-fi adventure “Starcrash” at 7.
Details: 919-834-2233 or ambassadorcinemas.com.
- Friday, The Cary Theater in downtown Cary hosts the first FAD (film-art-dance) Festival, a showcase of the best of local, national and international dance and movement-based short films, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $3-$7 for the event. Tuesday at The Cary, in conjunction with The Modern School of Film, the “Frame-By-Frame” cinema study series continues with a 7 p.m. screening of Samuel Fuller’s 1952 thriller “Park Row” ($10). Thursday, Andrew Haigh’s 2015 drama “45 Years” screens at 7 p.m., followed by “Jafar Panahi’s Taxi” at 9:30. Tickets are $3-$5. Details: 919-462-2051 or thecarytheater.com.
- Sunday at the Rialto Theater in Raleigh, the Cinema Inc. series continues its 50th season with a screening of Ingmar Bergman’s 1957 masterpiece “The Seventh Seal,” starring Max von Sydow. 7 p.m. Subscriptions for the rest of the season are sold out, but those interested in subscribing for 2016-2017 can send their contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Monday at Duke University in Durham, the Screen/Society’s Cine-East: East Asian Cinema (Tibet) series presents Dorje Tsering Chenaktsang’s 2013 documentary “Yartsa Rinpoche: Precious Caterpillar” at White 107 (White Lecture Hall). A Q&A follows with director Chenaktsang, moderated by Namgyal Tsepak. Tuesday, the Screen/Society’s Cine-East: East Asian Cinema (China) screens Jia Zhangke’s 2015 drama “Mountains May Depart,” introduced by Prof. Ralph Litzinger (Cultural Anthropology). Wednesday, the AMI Showcase: Existentialist Cinema presents Wim Wenders’ 1987 fantasy “Wings of Desire” at Bryan Center Griffith Film Theater. Each of the screenings start at 7 p.m. Free. Details: 919-660-3030 or ami.trinity.duke.edu/screensociety.