Much like last month’s selection of “The Wizard of Oz,” the Rialto Theater’s choice for their Monday at the Movies series is a holiday classic that’s been an annual family television staple for generations: Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life.” James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore star in the timeless favorite that surprisingly didn’t win any Oscars, but has gained in popularity since its 1946 release to become what many consider to be the most loved Christmas film of all time.
Tickets are $5 and showtime is 7 p.m. Details: 919-856- 8683 or ambassadorcinemas.com.
- In Durham on Friday, the Carolina Theatre’s RetroAmore series offers a double feature of Hal Ashby’s 1971 classic “Harold and Maude,” starring Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon; and David Lynch’s 1980 biopic “The Elephant Man,” starring Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt and Anne Bancroft. 7 p.m., $9. Details: 919-560-3030 or carolinatheatre.org.
- Friday through Sunday, The Cary Theater will show the Sing-A-Long version of Michael Curtiz’s 1954 classic “White Christmas,” starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney. It screens at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tuesday, Robert Zemeckis’ 2004 animated adventure “The Polar Express” screens at 10 a.m. And on Thursday, it’s Robert Siodmak’s “Christmas Holiday” (1944) at 7 p.m., followed by Bob Clark’s “A Christmas Story” (1983) at 9. Admission is $3-$5 to each film except for the “Polar Express” event which is $1. Details: 919-462-2051 or thecarytheater.com.
- Sunday, Raleigh Film Underground hosts a screening of Kar-Wai Wong’s 1994 Hong Kong drama “Chungking Express.” The 5 p.m. screening at Union Camp Collective in downtown Raleigh is free. Details: 919-755-5053 or facebook.com/raleighfilmunderground.