It’s Christmas, so go see ‘Die Hard’ at The Colony
In the nearly three decades since its release, it has become a cliché for folks – mainly men – to say that John McTiernan’s 1988 action hit “Die Hard” is the “greatest Christmas movie ever made.” The film takes place during a holiday office party and it has a few Yuletide tunes on its soundtrack, which makes it a cooler, edgier pick than golden age staples like “It’s a Wonderful Life” or “White Christmas.” So in the spirit of the season, the Colony Theater in Raleigh is showing the high octane thriller as part of their Cool Classics series on Wednesday. Bruce Willis stars as John McClane, a cop who battles Eurotrash terrorists intent on taking over Nakatomi Tower (actually Fox Plaza) in Los Angeles, and holding hostages that include McClane’s wife (Bonnie Bedelia). Also starring Reginald VelJohnson (“Family Matters”), Paul Gleason (“The Breakfast Club”) and Alan Rickman (“Love Actually,” a real Christmas movie!). It starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5. Details: 919-856-8683 or ambassadorcinemas.com.
- Friday evening in Durham, the Carolina Theatre’s Retrotreasures film series presents a double feature dubbed “Going Ape” consisting of Richard Donner’s 1982 comedy “The Toy,” starring Richard Pryor and Jackie Gleason; and James Fargo’s 1978 comedy “Every Which Way But Loose,” starring Clint Eastwood and Clyde the orangutan. The double bill begins at 7, and admission is $9. Details: 919-560-3030 or festivals.carolinatheatre.org/retrofantasma.
- Sunday, The Cary Theater in downtown Cary is showing Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee’s 2013 hit Disney animated musical “Frozen” at 2 p.m. Thursday, The Cary hosts a screening of Mwita Chacha and Kevin Spencer’s 2014 documentary short “Powerful Medicine: Simply Magic” at 7 p.m., featuring a Q & A with co-director Spencer after the film. This will be followed by a screening of Ron Howard’s 2000 adaptation of Dr. Suess’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” starring Jim Carrey, at 9. Admission is $3-$5 to each film. Details: 919-462-2051 or thecarytheater.com.
- Sunday at the Rialto in Raleigh, The Cinema Inc. series’ 50th year of screening classic cinema continues with Gabriel Axel’s 1987 Danish drama “Babette’s Feast” (original Danish title: “Babettes gæstebud”). It starts at 7 p.m. and season passes are $20. Details: 919-787-7611 or cinema-inc.org.