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Film Picks, March 6: Nicholson’s ‘The Shooting’ at The Colony

By Daniel Cook Johnson

Monte Hellman’s surreal 1966 western “The Shooting” screens Wednesday night at the Colony Theater in Raleigh.
Monte Hellman’s surreal 1966 western “The Shooting” screens Wednesday night at the Colony Theater in Raleigh. WALTER READE ORGANIZATION

One of Jack Nicholson’s lesser-known works, Monte Hellman’s surreal 1966 western “The Shooting,” screens Wednesday at the Colony Theater in Raleigh as part of the Cinema Overdrive series. The film, which Cinema Overdrive curator Adam Hulin calls “an existential journey into Hell,” concerns a couple of cowboys, played by Warren Oates and Will Hutchins, who are hired by a mysterious woman (Millie Perkins) to accompany her to a town far across the Utah desert. Turns out the lady has a revenge scheme in mind, and the fact that they are being tracked by Nicholson as a black-clad gunslinger isn’t comforting either. Augmented by vintage trailers, the screening starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $5. Details: 919-847-5677 or

Other highlights

▪ The N.C. Museum of Art’s winter series, “Dressed to Impress: Costumes and Character in the Movies” continues on Friday with a screening of Ernst Lubitsch’s 1932 classic, “Trouble in Paradise,” starring Miriam Hopkins, Kay Francis and Herbert Marshall. 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

▪ Friday night in downtown Raleigh, the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences presents Larry Buchanan’s 1966 sci-fi horror flick, “Curse of the Swamp Creature,” starring John Agar, Francine York and Jeff Alexander. The First Friday event starts at 7, and admission is free. Details: 919-733-7450 or

▪ In Durham on Friday, the Carolina Theatre’s Retroclassics film series presents a double feature dubbed “Houses on Haunted Hills,” consisting of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” (1960) and John Hough’s “The Legend of Hell House” (1973). The double bill begins at 7 p.m., and admission is $8 ($6.25 for Star members). Details: 919-560-3030 or

▪ Sunday evening at the Rialto Theater in Raleigh, The Cinema Inc. series will screen Bryan Forbes’ 1966 crime comedy “The Wrong Box,” starring Michael Caine, John Mills and Ralph Richardson. It starts at 7, and season passes are $20. Details: 919-787-7611 or

▪ Thursday night, The Cary Theater in downtown Cary will host “Girl’s Night Out” screenings of Garry Marshall’s 1990 rom-com, “Pretty Woman,” starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, at 7 and 9:30. $5. Details: 919-462-2051or