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Film Picks: British comedies from ‘Monty Python’ team in Durham

In “Time Bandits,” a boy goes on an adventure with a group of time-traveling dwarfs.
In “Time Bandits,” a boy goes on an adventure with a group of time-traveling dwarfs. HandMade Films

British comedies from ‘Monty Python’ team screen in Durham

Friday night in Durham, the Carolina Theatre’s RetroTreasures series has a double feature of two brilliant early ’80s British comedies from the minds behind the Monty Python team. First up, there’s Terry Gilliam’s 1981 time travel adventure “Time Bandits,” starring Craig Warnock, Sean Connery, John Cleese and David Warner. Terry Jones’ 1983 sketch comedy classic “Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life,” starring Graham Chapman, Cleese, Gilliam, Eric Idle, Jones and Michael Palin, follows. Both films go to fantastical lengths to get big laughs, but parents should take note that while “Time Bandits” is family friendly, “The Meaning of Life” is a hard R-rated spectacle of absurd inappropriateness. The double bill begins at 7 p.m. and admission is $9. Details: 919-560-3030 or

Other highlights

  • Friday in Raleigh, the PNC Downtown Raleigh Movie Series presents Joe Johnston’s 1995 fantasy adventure “Jumanji,” starring Robin Williams, at City Plaza. The movie begins at dusk. Details: 919-832-1231 or
  • Also Friday in Raleigh, Mission Valley Cinema’s Late Night series presents a special event entitled “Sex, Drugs & Rock and Roll” in conjunction with A/V Geeks. The program features 16mm educational short films from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. The screening, sponsored by Schoolkids Records, starts at 11:30 p.m. $5. Details: 919-834-2233 or
  • Sunday at The Cary Theater in downtown Cary, François Truffaut’s 1964 drama “The Soft Skin” screens at 2 p.m. Tuesday, The Cary, in conjunction with The Modern School of Film, hosts the “Frame-By-Frame” cinema study series screening of Terrence Malick’s 1973 crime classic “Badlands,” starring Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek, at 6:30 p.m. On Thursday, The Cary kicks off a series entitled “Best of the B Movies” with Amir Shervan’s 1991 trash classic “Samurai Cop” at 7 p.m., followed by John De Bello’s 1978 musical horror comedy “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!” at 9. Tickets are $3-$5 for each film except the “Frame-By-Frame” event which is $8-$10. Details: 919-462-2051 or
  • Sunday night at the Rialto Theater in Raleigh, the Cinema Inc. series continues their 50th season with a screening of Robert Mulligan’s 1962 classic “To Kill a Mockingbird,” starring Gregory Peck. 7 p.m. Subscriptions for the rest of the season are sold out, but those interested in subscribing for 2016-2017 can email
  • Thursday, the Carolina Theatre hosts a special screening of Kim Rocco Shields’ 2016 drama “Love is All You Need?” followed by a Q&A with the director, along with stars Briana Evigan, Blake Cooper Griffin, Mike C. Manning and YouTube sensations/LGBT activists Bria and Chrissy. Ticket profits from this event will be donated to Safe Schools NC. $15. 7:30 p.m. Details: 919-560-3030 or