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If you’re a fan of director Joss Whedon’s classics, check out this double feature

“Serenity,” starring Nathan Fillion (center), is Joss Whedon’s 2005 sci-fi adventure, a continuation of the single-season TV series “Firefly.”
“Serenity,” starring Nathan Fillion (center), is Joss Whedon’s 2005 sci-fi adventure, a continuation of the single-season TV series “Firefly.” Universal Pictures

On Jan. 26, the Carolina Theatre in Durham is presenting a double feature of cult classics involving screenwriter, director and producer Joss Whedon.

These days, Whedon is known for writing and directing major blockbusters like “The Avengers” (two of them) and “Justice League.”

But before that, he was known as the creator of the TV shows “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel” and “Agents of Shield.” In other words, he’s got a big following.

The Carolina Theatre will start things off with Whedon’s 2005 sci-fi adventure “Serenity,” a continuation of the single-season TV series “Firefly.” The fan favorite stars Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, Adam Baldwin and Chiwetel Ejiofor. That’s followed by Fran Rubel Kuzui’s 1992 horror comedy “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Kristy Swanson, Donald Sutherland, Luke Perry and Hilary Swank star in the movie that inspired the popular TV series of the same name that ran from 1997 to 2003. The double bill begins at 7, and admission is $9. Details: 919-560-3030 or carolinatheatre.org.

Other Highlights

▪ For Final Friday on Jan. 26, the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences is hosting a screening of Nicolas Meyer’s 1982 sci-fi classic “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Deforest Kelley and Ricardo Montalbán. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the event begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 ($2 for museum members). Details: 919-733-7450 or naturalsciences.org.

▪ On Jan. 26, the N.C. Museum of Art is showing Vittorio De Sica’s 1963 comedy “The Boom” (Italian title: “Il Boom”) as part of the Winter Film Series. It starts at 8 p.m. in the Museum Auditorium in the East Building with an introduction by NCMA film curator Laura Boyes. Tickets are $7 ($5 for students and NCMA members). Details: 919-715-5923 or ncartmuseum.org.

▪ On Jan. 26, The Cary theater is showing Michael Almereyda’s 2017 sci-fi drama “Marjorie Prime” at 7 p.m., followed by Greta Gerwig’s 2017 drama “Lady Bird” at 9:15 p.m. Tthere will be encores of “Lady Bird” at 7 p.m. Jan. 27 and 2 p.m. Jan. 28 and “Majorie Prime” at 9 p.m. Jan. 27.)

On Jan. 30, Sean Mathias’ 1997 drama “Bent” screens at 7 p.m. On Feb. 1, the Oscar-nominated drama “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” shows at 2 p.m. (There will be an encore of “Three Billboards at 9 p.m.), followed by John Carroll Lynch’s 2017 drama “Lucky” at 7 p.m. Tickets are $3-$5 for each film. Details: 919-462-2051 or thecarytheater.com.

▪ On Jan. 28 and Jan. 31, Silverspot Cinema in Chapel Hill will screen Victor Fleming, George Cukor and Sam Wood’s 1939 classic “Gone With the Wind,” as part of the Flashback Cinema series at 1:15 and 7:15 p.m. Details: 919-357-9887 or silverspot.net.

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