Filmmaker John Carpenter may be best known for such films as “Halloween,” “The Thing” and “Escape from New York,” but his second film, the 1976 thriller “Assault on Precinct 13,” may have the most rabid fans. The film concerns a small group of cops and convicts fighting off the violent attacks of street gang members in an abandoned police station. Friday, Mission Valley Cinema in Raleigh celebrates the 40th anniversary of the cult action classic with a special screening, part of their “Late Night” series. Austin Stoker, Darwin Joston and Laurie Zimmer star in the film, which Carpenter (who not only wrote and directed the movie, but also edited it and composed the score) has said was the most fun that he’s ever had as a director.
The 11:30 p.m. screening is sponsored by Schoolkids Records. $5. Details: 919-834-2233 or ambassadorcinemas.com.
- In Durham Friday, the Carolina Theatre’s RetroFantasma film series presents a double feature of classic horror: James Whale’s “The Old Dark House” (1931), starring Boris Karloff, Melvyn Douglas and Charles Laughton; and John S. Robertson’s “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”(1920), starring John Barrymore. The double bill begins at 7 p.m. and admission is $9. Details: 919-560-3030 or carolinatheatre.org.
- Friday in Raleigh, the PNC Downtown Raleigh Movie Series presents Steven Spielberg’s 1981 action classic “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” starring Harrison Ford as archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones. The free screening begins at dusk on City Plaza. Details: 919-832-1231 or godowntownraleigh.com.
- Also Friday, The Cary Theater in downtown Cary screens Matthew Miele’s 2016 documentary “Crazy About Tiffany’s” at 7 p.m., followed by John Goldschmidt’s 2015 comedy “Dough,” starring Jonathan Pryce, Philip Davis and Ian Hart, at 9. There will be an encore screening of “Crazy About Tiffany’s” Saturday at 2 p.m. Freida Lee Mock’s 1994 documentary “Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision” screens Saturday at 7, followed by an encore of “Dough” at 9. Sunday, Clint Eastwood’s 2006 war drama “Flags of Our Fathers” screens at 2 p.m. Thursday, Randall Wright’s 2014 biodoc “Hockney,” about British artist David Hockney, screens at 7 p.m., followed by Robert Budreau’s 2016 biopic “Born To Be Blue,” starring Ethan Hawke as jazz legend Chet Baker. Tickets are $3-$5 for each film. Details: 919-462-2051 or thecarytheater.com.
- Sunday, Raleigh Film Underground hosts a screening of Penelope Spheeris’s 1983 cult punk classic “Suburbia” (aka “The Wild Side”), about teenage runaways squatting in abandoned tract houses in the Los Angeles suburb of Long Beach. The 8 p.m. screening at Videri Chocolate Factory in downtown Raleigh is free. Details: 919-755-5053 or facebook.com/raleighfilmunderground.
- Thursday in Durham, Northgate Mall and Stadium 10 Theaters kick off their new free outdoor series “Movies on the Plaza” with Rob Reiner’s classic 1987 fantasy comedy “The Princess Bride,” starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright and Mandy Patinkin. Beer and wine will be sold by Bull City Brewery, with popcorn and soda available from Stadium 10 beginning at 7:30 p.m. The movie starts at 8:30. Details: 919-286-4407 or northgatemall.com.
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