Friday evening in Durham, the Carolina Theatre’s Retroclassics film series presents a double feature of two racially charged crime dramas directed by Norman Jewison. First up, there’s the Oscar-sweeping classic “In the Heat of the Night” (1967), starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger. That will be followed by Jewison’s adaptation of Charles Fuller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Off Broadway production “A Soldier’s Play,” the Oscar-nominated “A Soldier’s Story” (1984), starring Howard E. Rollins Jr., Adolph Caesar and Art Evans.
Saturday night, the Carolina Theatre’s Retrofantasma film series presents a double feature of John Carpenter’s “They Live” (1987) and David Cronenberg’s “Videodrome” (1983), which is rescheduled from January 29th because of bad weather (unused advance tickets for that show will be honored at the re-screening). Both night’s double bills begins at 7, and admission is $9. Details: 919-560-3030 or festivals.carolinatheatre.org/retrofantasma.
- Friday, The Cary Theater in Downtown Cary hosts “The Best of FilmSpark 2015,” a program of short films made by North Carolina filmmakers, at 7 p.m. A screening of Charles Herman-Wurmfeld’s 2001 rom-com “Kissing Jessica Stein” follows at 9:30. Saturday night, the romance theme continues with screenings of Leo McCarey’s 1957 drama “An Affair To Remember,” starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, at 7, followed by Nora Ephron’s 1993 rom-com classic “Sleepless in Seattle,” starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, at 9:30. Sunday, Joan Micklin Silver’s “Crossing Delancey” (1988) screens at 2 p.m. as a warm-up for the Cary Players’ production of Susan Sandler’s original play of “Crossing Delancey,” which begins a three show run the following week. Tickets are $3-$5 for each film (the FilmSpark event is free). Details: 919-462-2051 or thecarytheater.com.
- Friday night in Raleigh, the N.C. Museum of Art’s Winter 2016 film series continues with George Sidney’s 1953 classic “Kiss Me Kate,” starring Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel and Ann Miller. It starts at 8 and tickets are $7 ($5 for students and NCMA members). Details: 919-715-5923 or ncartmuseum.org.
- Also Friday evening, for First Friday, the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences presents William Nigh’s 1940 horror flick “The Ape,” starring Boris Karloff. It starts at 7 and admission is free. Details: 919-733-7450 or naturalsciences.org.
- Also part of First Friday, Flanders Gallery in downtown Raleigh hosts “Public Displays,” an interactive multimedia show based on a film produced by the Thomas Edison Co. in 1896. The installation will be on display February 5th-27th. Details: 919-757-9533 or publicdisplays.org.
- Monday at Duke University in Durham, the Screen/Society’s Special Events series screens Samir’s 2014 documentary “Iraqi Odyssey” at White 107 (White Lecture Hall). Tuesday at the same venue, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s 2006 drama “Dry Season” (original title: “Daratt”) screens as part of the Screen/Society’s African Film Festival. Wednesday there will be a presentation plus Q&A by Israeli documentary filmmaker Ra’anan Alexandrowicz entitled “47 Years of Documentation” at Smith Warehouse - Bay 4, C105 (“Garage”). That same evening, the 2016 Ethics Series presents Andrew Stanton’s 2008 animated Pixar hit “WALL-E” at Bryan Center Griffith Film Theater. All three evening’s events begin at 7 p.m. and are free. Details: 919-660-3030 or ami.trinity.duke.edu/screensociety.
- Wednesday night in Raleigh, the Cinema Overdrive series at Mission Valley Cinema presents Andrzej Zulawski’s 1981 horror drama “Possession,” starring Isabelle Adjani and Sam Neill as a couple whose marriage is falling apart in a very frightening manner. The movie, augmented by vintage trailers, starts at 7 and admission is $5 (tickets can be purchased online). Details: 919-847-5677 or ambassadorcinemas.com.