It’s hard to believe it’s been two decades since Amy Heckerling’s “Clueless” was released – especially since Paul Rudd looks about the same. As part of their Cool Classics series Wednesday night, Colony Theater in Raleigh celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the touchstone teen comedy, which stars Alicia Silverstone as the popular yet extremely superficial Beverly Hills High School student Cher Horowitz. Rudd co-stars as Cher’s ex-step-brother-turned-love interest Josh, while Stacey Dash and Brittany Murphy play Cher’s best friends, and Dan Hedaya steals every scene as Cher’s father, Melvin “Mel” Horowitz.
Jane Austen’s 1815 novel “Emma” was writer/director Heckerling’s inspiration for the film, and as such, many critics over the years have considered “Clueless” to be one of the best Austen adaptations ever produced. It starts at 7:30 p.m. $5. Details: 919-847-5677 or ambassadorcinemas.com.
- Friday night, the N.C. Museum of Art’s Summer Movies series screens Damien Chazelle’s 2014 drama “Whiplash,” starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons, at their open-air theater in the Museum Park. On Saturday, the NCMA hosts “The Dude Abides” Big Lebowski Movie Party, their third annual screening of the Coen brothers’ comic noir masterpiece starring Jeff Bridges. There will be beverages involved, such as White Russians (The Dude’s drink of choice), and costumes are encouraged. A multitude of food trucks and the new Bowling Wii Game Truck from Roll On Up Gaming will also be on site. Both night’s events begin at 9, and tickets are $5 (free for museum members). Details: 919-715-5923 or ncartmuseum.org.
- Also Friday evening, The Cary Theater in downtown Cary will screen Simon Curtis’ 2014 historical drama “Woman in Gold” at 7, followed by Crystal Moselle’s 2015 documentary “The Wolfpack” at 9. Sunday, Radu Mihaileanu’s 2009 musical comedy “The Concert” will show at 2 p.m. as part of their Foreign Language Film Sunday series. Thursday, there is an encore showing of “The Wolfpack” at 7 p.m., followed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s 2014 Oscar winning drama “Still Alice,” starring Julianne Moore, at 9. Admission to each film is $5. Details: 919-462-2051 or thecarytheater.com.
- Saturday morning, the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (NCGLFF) hosts a free family film screening of Victor Fleming’s 1939 classic “The Wizard of Oz” at the Carolina Theatre in downtown Durham at 10:45 a.m. Starting at 10 a.m., pre-show entertainment will include a clown, face-painting, balloon art and a BASF slime-making station. Details: 919-560-3030 or carolinatheatre.org.
- Saturday night at Regency Park in Cary, the Koka Booth Amphitheatre’s summer series “Movies by Moonlight” presents Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman and Steve Purcell’s 2012 animated action adventure “Brave.” 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 in Durham, Duke’s Screen/Society’s “Dinner and a Movie” series screens Orson Welles’ 1973 documentary “F is For Fake,” the last completed film by the legendary director, at the Nasher Museum of Art Auditorium. 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.