Even folks who aren’t into video games should get a kick out of Seth Gordon’s 2007 documentary “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters,” which screens Friday night at the Full Frame Theater on the American Tobacco Campus in Durham. The film depicts the rivalry between arrogant hot sauce mogul Billy Mitchell, and high school algebra teacher Steve Wiebe over the world record for highest score on the classic ’80s arcade game Donkey Kong. In one of the most memorable scenes, the competition gets heated when Wiebe is challenged to prove his skills “live” in a public venue (Funspot in Laconia, New Hampshire). After Wiebe achieves a new world record, Mitchell sends a videotape showing a game that tops it. Both gamers’ scores have been overtaken by other players in recent years, but the story of Mitchell vs. Wiebe still holds up as a compelling look at obsession.
▪ In Durham on Friday, the Carolina Theatre’s Retrofantasm film series presents a double feature dubbed “Let’s Go To Summer Camp!” consisting of two early ’80s horror flicks: Sean S. Cunningham’s “Friday the 13th” (1980), and Tony Maylam’s “The Burning” (1981). The double bill begins at 7 and admission is $8 ($6.25 for Star members). Details: 919-560-3030 or festivals.carolinatheatre.org/retrofantasma.
▪ Also Friday evening, The Cary Theater in downtown Cary will kick off a weekend festival of wedding movies entitled: “Here Come the Brides!” with Vincente Minnelli’s “Father of the Bride” (1950) at 7, followed by Mike Newell’s “Four Weddings and a Funeral” (1994) at 9. Saturday night, Joel Zwick’s “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” (2002) will screen at 7, with David Dobkin’s “Wedding Crashers” (2005) at 9. Sunday afternoon, the series concludes with Lars von Trier’s “Melancholia” at 2. Thursday evening, The Cary presents a documentary double feature consisting of John Maloof and Charlie Siskel’s “Finding Vivian Maier” (2013) at 7, followed by Chiemi Karasawa’s “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me” (2013) at 9. Admission to each film is $5. Details: 919-462-2051 or thecarytheater.com.
▪ Saturday night, the N.C. Museum of Art’s Summer Movies series will feature Jon Favreau’s 2014 indie comedy smash “Chef,” starring Favreau, Sofía Vergara, and Robert Downey Jr. It begins at 9, and tickets are $5 (free for museum members). Details: 919-715-5923 or ncartmuseum.org.
▪ Thursday night in Durham, Duke’s Screen/Society will be showing Raymond Joseph Teller’s 2013 documentary “Tim’s Vermeer” at the Nasher Museum of Art Auditorium as part of their Dinner and a Movie Series. The museum café opens at 5 p.m., the film is at 7 p.m. Free. Details: 919-660-3030 or ami.trinity.duke.edu/screensociety.
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