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There’s a mini-Coen Brothers film fest, plus the Hayti Heritage Film Festival kicks off

Jeff Bridges, left, Steve Buscemi and John Goodman star in “The Big Lebowski.”
Jeff Bridges, left, Steve Buscemi and John Goodman star in “The Big Lebowski.” Gramercy Pictures

On Feb. 9, the Carolina Theatre in Durham is presenting a double feature consisting of two ’90s kidnapping caper classics by Joel and Ethan Coen. First up, there’s the Coen brothers’ 1998 cult classic “The Big Lebowski,” which is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Jeff Bridges stars as Jeffrey Lebowski, aka “The Dude,” alongside very amusing performances by John Goodman, Steve Buscemi and Julianne Moore. That’s followed by the Coens’ first mainstream hit, “Fargo” (1996), which won them the Oscar for Best Screenplay, and Best Actress for its star, Frances McDormand. The double bill begins at 7 p.m. and admission is $9. Details: 919-560-3030 or carolinatheatre.org.

Other Highlights

▪  The 24th Hayti Heritage Film Festival is Feb. 15-17 at the St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation/Hayti Heritage Center at 804 Old Fayetteville Street in Durham. The slate features a variety of black cinema, from documentaries to feature films, and panel discussions. The festival opens Feb. 15 with a screening of the 1974 romantic comedy/drama “Claudine” starring Diahann Carroll and James Earl Jones. Other films include “Black Beach/White Beach,” a documentary about the two motorcycle festivals in Myrtle Beach, S.C.; “See You Yesterday,” presented by Spke Lee; and “The Tale of Four,” the directorial debut of Oscar winning actress Gabourey Sidibe. The screening of “Black Beach/White Beach” also will erve as a fundraiser to enable the film to be finished. All-festival passes and single-day passes are available. Details: hayti.org/programming/film/

▪ On Feb. 9, The Cary theater is showing by Martin McDonagh’s 2016 crime drama “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri at 7 p.m., followed by Matthew Heineman’s 2017 documentary “City of Ghosts” at 9:00 p.m. (There will be an encore of “City of Ghosts” on Feb. 15, at 7 p.m.)

On Feb. 10, Ellen Shepard’s 2015 documentary “Sitting at God’s Table” screens at 7 p.m. On Feb. 11, it’s Danny Boyle’s 2008 Oscar-winning drama “Slumdog Millionaire” at 2 p.m. On Feb. 15, Guillermo del Toro’s 2017 Oscar-nominated fantasy drama “The Shape of Water” screens at 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets are $3-$5 for each film. Details: 919-462-2051 or thecarytheater.com.

▪ On Feb. 9, the N.C. Museum of Art’s Winter Film Series continues with Tay Garnett’s “The Stand-In” starring Leslie Howard, Joan Blondell and Humphrey Bogart. 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 Feb. 11 and 14, Michael Curtiz’s 1942 classic “Casablanca,” is showing at various Triangle locations as part of the Flashback Cinema series. It shows at Wakefield 10 in Raleigh at 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Silverspot Cinema in Chapel Hill at 1:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.; and Park West 14 Cinemas in Morrisville (call for times). Details: flashbackcinema.net.

▪ On Feb. 13 at Duke University in Durham, the Screen/Society “Rights! Camera! Action!” series is presenting the 2015 documentary “Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt” at Smith Warehouse - Bay 4, C105 (Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall). 7 p.m. Free. Details: 919-660-3030 or ami.trinity.duke.edu/screensociety.

▪ Wednesday, February 14, King’s in downtown Raleigh is hosting Alamo Drafthouse Presents: A/V Geeks Get Riffed Off, a program featuring four teams of local comedians performing live comedy to rare 16mm educational films about love and dating. 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. $5. Details: 919-833-1091 or kingsraleigh.com.

▪ On Feb. 11, the Cinema Inc. series continues its 52nd season with John Carney’s 2007 musical drama “Once.” Subscriptions for the rest of the season are sold out, but those interested in subscribing for 2018-19 can send their contact information to thecinemainc@gmail.com.

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