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Film Picks: NCMA screens Nancy Buirski’s ‘By Sidney Lumet’ doc

Friday evening, the N.C. Museum of Art’s Spring Films series continues with award-winning director and Full Frame Documentary Film Festival founder Nancy Buirski’s “By Sidney Lumet.”
Friday evening, the N.C. Museum of Art’s Spring Films series continues with award-winning director and Full Frame Documentary Film Festival founder Nancy Buirski’s “By Sidney Lumet.” Augusta Films

On Friday, the N.C. Museum of Art’s Spring Films series, which celebrates the work of filmmaker legends Satyajit Ray and Sidney Lumet, continues with award-winning director and Full Frame Documentary Film Festival founder Nancy Buirski’s film “By Sidney Lumet” (2015). Buirski’s excellent documentary is a portrait of the acclaimed late writer/director/producer consisting of interview segments from an 18-hour session filmed in 2008 by late documentarian Daniel Anker. Lumet’s remembrances of his career are enhanced with footage from his most notable films which includes such classics as “12 Angry Men,” “Long Day’s Journey into Night,” “Serpico,” “Dog Day Afternoon,” “Network” and “The Verdict.”

It starts at 8 p.m. at the Museum Auditorium in the East Building with an introduction by NCMA film curator Laura Boyes. Tickets are $7 ($5 for students and NCMA members). Details: 919-715-5923 or ncartmuseum.org.

Other highlights

  • The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences hosts their final First Friday movie night ending their 15-year run of showing goofy horror/monster/sci-fi movies. Friday’s program will include favorite film clips, First Friday trivia, silly costumes and more. It starts at 7 and admission is free. Details: 919-733-7450 or naturalsciences.org.
  • In Durham on Friday, the Carolina Theatre’s RetroClassics series offers a double feature of Peter Yates’ 1968 crime thriller “Bullitt,” starring Steve McQueen; and Hal Needhams’ 1978 action comedy “Hooper,” starring Burt Reynolds. It begins at 7 p.m. and admission is $9. Details: 919-560-3030 or carolinatheatre.org.
  • Saturday at The Cary Theater in downtown Cary, Edward Sedgwick’s 1933 comedy “What! No Beer,” starring Buster Keaton and Jimmy Durante, screens at 7 p.m. as part of the theater’s new “Science on Screen” series. Local filmmaker Camden Watts’ 2015 documentary “Brewconomy” follows at 9:30. Sunday, Blake Edwards’ 1961 classic “Breakfast at Tiffany’s screens at 2 p.m. Thursday, Ronald Neame and Irwin Allen’s 1972 disaster drama “The Poseidon Adventure” screens at 7 p.m., followed by Robert Wise’s 1971 sci-fi thriller “The Andromeda Strain” at 9:30. Tickets are $3-$5 for each film except for Saturday night’s beer-themed film event, which is $10 for each film. Details: 919-462-2051 or thecarytheater.com.
  • Sunday at the Rialto Theater in Raleigh, the Cinema Inc. series continues with a screening of Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 political satire classic “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” starring Peter Sellers, George C. Scott and Sterling Hayden. 7 p.m. Subscriptions for the season are sold out, but those interested in the 2016-2017 can send contact information to thecinemainc@gmail.com.
  • Tuesday in Durham, Dawn Porter’s 2015 documentary “Trapped,” about reproductive rights advocacy, will screen at Motorco Music Hall presented by the nonprofit group Ipas. 7 p.m. Tickets: $7-$10. Details: 919-901-0875 or motorcomusic.com.
  • Wednesday at Mission Valley Cinema in Raleigh, the Cinema Overdrive series presents a mystery movie starring cult actor Lee Von Cleef, known as one of the great movie villains, voted on by secret ballot. The movie, augmented by vintage trailers, starts at 7 p.m., and admission is $5. 919-834-2233 or ambassadorcinemas.com.
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