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Film Picks: ‘Star Trek’-‘Dr. Who’ double feature in Durham

Gordon Flemyng’s “Dr. Who and the Daleks” (1965) is part of a sci-fi double feature at the Carolina Theatre in Durham.
Gordon Flemyng’s “Dr. Who and the Daleks” (1965) is part of a sci-fi double feature at the Carolina Theatre in Durham. Continental Distributing

While every other theater in the galaxy will be showing “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” this weekend, The Carolina Theatre in Durham offers some counter programming in the form of a sci-fi double feature dubbed “When The Tardis Meets the Enterprise,” which pairs two spin-off movies from popular sci-fi TV shows from the ‘60s.

The Friday night screening kicks off with the Director’s Cut of Robert Wise’s “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” (1979), the first film of the long-running franchise starring the original cast headed by William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and Deforest Kelly. That will be followed by Gordon Flemyng’s “Dr. Who and the Daleks” (1965), starring Peter Cushing as the cosmic scientist in his first film adventure.

The double bill begins at 7, and admission is $9. Details: 919-560-3030 or festivals.carolinatheatre.org/retrofantasma.

Other highlights

  • Saturday, The Cary Theater in downtown Cary will feature the Sing-A-Long version of Michael Curtiz’s 1954 holiday rom-com classic “White Christmas” at 2 and 7 p.m. The film will also be shown on Sunday at 2 p.m. (Tickets: $3-$7.50). Thursday evening, there’s a Christmas eve screening of Robert Zemeckis’ 2004 animated adventure “The Polar Express” at 7 (Tickets: $3-$5). Details: 919-462-2051 or thecarytheater.com.
  • There is a special screening Sunday of Evan Kidd’s 2015 short film drama “You Wouldn’t Expect,” about two of the almost 7,600 victims of the North Carolina Eugenics Program. The screening takes place at Unitarian Universalist Peace Fellowship in Raleigh and is followed by a 30-minute Q&A featuring filmmaker Kidd and writer/producer Marilynn Barner Anselmi. Noon. Free. Details: 919-435-4802 or nando.com/31o.
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