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Film Picks, March 13: Pixies frontman screens ‘Brazil’ in Durham

The Modern School of Film’s new monthly series will show 1985’s “Brazil” at the Carolina Theatre in Durham.
The Modern School of Film’s new monthly series will show 1985’s “Brazil” at the Carolina Theatre in Durham. 20TH CENTURY FOX

Since last December at the Carolina Theatre in Durham, The Modern School of Film’s new series “Film: Acoustic” has been pairing musicians with their favorite movies for memorable evenings involving screenings and discussion. This month’s selection is a real doozy: Frank Black of the rock band the Pixies screens “Brazil.” Terry Gilliam’s 1985 dystopian satire, starring Jonathan Price, Kim Greist and Robert De Niro, will play in Fletcher Hall at 7 p.m. Thursday. A discussion and Q&A with Black moderated by MSF founder and Duke graduate Robert Milazzo will follow the feature. Judging by the extremely entertaining and insightful previous installments of “Film: Acoustic,” which included appearances by Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips, Lucinda Williams, Neko Case and Mike Nesmith, this is an event film and/or music fans will not want to miss. $15. Details: 919-560-3030 or carolinatheatre.org/events.

Other highlights

▪ The N.C. Museum of Art’s winter series, “Dressed to Impress: Costumes and Character in the Movies” continues Friday with a screening of Monta Bell’s 1926 silent film classic, “Torrent,” starring Greta Garbo, Ricardo Cortez and Gertrude Olmstead. Jazz musician David Drazin will provide live piano accompaniment. It starts at 8 at 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.

▪ In Durham on Friday, the Carolina Theatre’s Retrotreasures film series presents a double feature consisting of Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly’s “Singin’ in the Rain” (1952), and Vincente Minnelli’s “An American in Paris” (1951). The double bill begins at 7 p.m., and admission is $8 ($6.25 for Star members). Details: 919-560-3030 or festivals.carolinatheatre.org/retrofantasma.

▪ Also Friday night, The Cary Theater in downtown Cary will show Alexander Payne’s Oscar-nominated 2013 comedy drama “Nebraska,” starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte, at 7 and 9:30. At 2 p.m. on Sunday, David Anspaugh’s 1986 sports drama, “Hoosiers,” starring Gene Hackman, will play. Thursday night, The Cary will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day week with screenings of Kirk Jones’ 1998 comedy “Waking Ned Devine” at 7 and 9:30. Admission to all features at The Cary is $5. Details: 919-462-2051 or thecarytheater.com.

▪ There will be a special screening of local filmmaker Kieran Moreira’s short film “Harbinger” at the Colony Theater in Raleigh on Saturday at noon. Free. Details: 919-847-5677 or ambassadorcinemas.com.

▪ Monday evening in Durham, Duke’s Screen/Society’s Ethics Film series will screen Wim Wender’s 1999 documentary “Buena Vista Social Club at the Bryan Center Griffith Film Theater. Wednesday night at the same venue, the Screen/Society’s AMI (Arts of the Moving Image) Showcase features Thom Andersen’s 2003 historical documentary “Los Angeles Plays Itself.” Thursday night, the Screen/Society’s “Rights! Camera! Action!” film series will present Susan Froemke and Matthew Heineman’s 2012 documentary “Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare” at Smith Warehouse – Bay 4, C105 (“Garage”). All of the Screen/Society’s screenings start at 7 p.m. and are free. Details: 919-660-3030 or ami.trinity.duke.edu/screensociety.

▪ Wednesday night, Joe Dante’s 1984 classic comedy horror flick “Gremlins,” starring Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton and a bunch of grotesque, trouble-making animatronic creatures, screens at the Colony Theater in Raleigh as part of the Cool Classics series. It starts at 7:30, and admission is $5. Details: 919-847-5677 or ambassadorcinemas.com.

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