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Film Picks: Free Planet Radio performs live soundtrack to Buster Keaton’s ‘The General’

Buster Keaton in the 1926 film “The General.”
Buster Keaton in the 1926 film “The General.” United Artists

Friday at The Cary Theater, there is a special presentation of Buster Keaton and Clyde Bruckman’s 1926 silent classic “The General” at 7 p.m. accompanied by North Carolina’s own Free Planet Radio, who will perform a live soundtrack to the movie. Following the film, the group will play a set of their original music.

Saturday, John Dower’s 2015 documentary “My Scientology Movie” screens at 7 p.m., followed by Frank Lotito’s 2015 comedy drama “Growing Up Smith” at 9 (there will be an encore of “My Scientology Movie” Sunday at 2 p.m. and Thursday at 7). Also Thursday, Francois Ozon’s 2016 war drama “Frantz” shows at 2 and 9 p.m. Admission is $3-$5 to each film except for the “The General” event which is $15-$20. Details: 919-462-2051 or

Other highlights

  • Friday in Durham, the Carolina Theatre’s RetroClassics series offers a double feature of sci-fi-tinged and sadly still relevant cult classics from 1984: Alex Cox’s “Repo Man,” starring Emilio Estevez and Harry Dean Stanton; and Michael Radford’s adaptation of George Orwell’s 1949 novel “1984,” starring John Hurt. The double bill begins at 7 p.m., and admission is $9. Details: 919-560-3030 or
  • Also Friday, Raleigh Film Underground hosts a screening of Mathieu Kassovitz’s 1995 crime drama “La Haine,” starring Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé and Saïd Taghmaoui. The 7:30 p.m. screening at Union Camp Collective in downtown Raleigh is free. Details: 919-755-5053 or
  • Friday in Chapel Hill, the Honeysuckle Tea House kicks off their new film series, “Movie Under the Stars” with Rob Reiner’s 1987 classic “The Princess Bride,” starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright and Mandy Patinkin. $5. The movie starts at dusk (approximately 8:30 p.m.). Details: 919-903-9131 or
  • Tuesday in Durham, the Motorco Music Hall presents Wil Weldon’s 2016 documentary “Rarefied,” about the lives and diagnostic odysseys of families with children suspected of having rare genetic disorders, as part of the Periodic Tables series. Tickets: $5. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., film starts at 7. Details: 919-901-0875 or