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Film Picks, May 15: See ‘Blade Runner’ at The Colony

Ridley Scott’s sci-fi thriller “Blade Runner” is screened as part of The Colony’s Cool Classics series in Raleigh on Wednesday.
Ridley Scott’s sci-fi thriller “Blade Runner” is screened as part of The Colony’s Cool Classics series in Raleigh on Wednesday. AP

The reputation of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi thriller “Blade Runner,” which was based on the Philip K. Dick novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?,” has grown immeasurably since it bombed and had a divisive critical reception in the summer of 1982. Now many critics, myself included, consider it to be a masterpiece, and there’s even a sequel in the works. This makes it a perfect addition to the Cool Classics series at Raleigh’s Colony Theater, where Scott’s 2007 Final Cut version of the film will be screened on Wednesday night. In his third iconic role – after Indiana Jones and Han Solo – Harrison Ford stars as Rick Deckard, a bounty hunter employed to track down and retire cyborgs called “replicants” in the always dark and rainy L.A. of 2019. With its stellar supporting cast (including Sean Young, Rutger Hauer and Edward James Olmos), eye-popping Oscar nominated special effects, and a superb synth score by Vangelis, “Blade Runner” gets better and better with time. It starts at 7:30, and admission is $5.00. Details: 919-847-5677 or ambassadorcinemas.com.

Other highlights

▪ In Durham on Friday night, the Carolina Theatre’s Retrofantasma film series presents a double feature that shouts “Look! Up in the Sky!,” consisting of two ’80s sci-fi favorites: James Cameron’s “Aliens” (1986) and Stephen Chiodo’s “Killer Klowns from Outer Space” (1988). The double bill begins at 7 and admission is $9. Details: 919-560-3030 or festivals.carolinatheatre.org/retrofantasma.

▪ Friday night at 7, The Cary Theater in downtown Cary will screen Monte Hellman’s 1971 cult classic “Two Lane Blacktop,” starring Beach Boy co-founder Dennis Wilson and singer-songwriter (and North Carolina favorite) James Taylor. Following that, John Carpenter’s 1983 adaptation of Stephen King’s “Christine,” starring Keith Gordon and John Stockwell, screens at 9:30. Sunday afternoon, The Cary’s “Suggestion Box Sundays” series continues with Blake Edwards’ 1961 rom-com classic “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” starring Audrey Hepburn, at 2 p.m. Thursday night, Bennett Miller’s Oscar nominated 2014 drama “Foxcatcher,” starring Steve Carrell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, is showing at 7 and 9:30. Admission to each film is $5. Details: 919-462-2051 or thecarytheater.com.

▪ Also Friday night at Regency Park in Cary, the Koka Booth Amphitheatre’s summer series “Movies by Moonlight” presents Don Hall and Chris Williams’s 2014 animated action adventure “Big Hero 6.” Gates open at 7 (movie starts at dusk). Admission is $5 (free for kids 12 and under). Details: 919-462-2052 or boothamphitheatre.com.

▪ Thursday night, there will be a special screening of Samantha Fuller’s 2013 bio-doc “A Fuller Life,” about legendary film director Sam Fuller,” at the Colony Theater. 7 pm. $5. Details: 919-847-5677 or ambassadorcinemas.com.

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