“Ace in the Hole,” Billy Wilder’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning 1950 classic “Sunset Blvd.,” screens as part of the N.C. Museum of Art’s 2014 Fall Film Series, “Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know: The Unreliable Men of Film Noir” on Friday night. Titled “The Big Carnival” upon its release in 1951, its prescient premise concerns Kirk Douglas as a wild-eyed, hard-drinking newspaperman who milks the story of a man trapped in a mine in New Mexico as the event escalates into a full-blown media circus. The movie flopped and was forgotten for nearly half a century until airings on Turner Classic Movies and a Criterion Collection DVD release reinstated its original name and well-deserved claim to fame. 8 p.m. at the Museum Auditorium. Tickets are $7 ($5 for students and NCMA members). Details: 919-715-5923 or ncartmuseum.org.
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