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Film Picks: Blobs, aliens and more at The Cary’s B-Movie series

In “The Blob,” an alien lifeform grows larger and larger as it consumes everything in its path.
In “The Blob,” an alien lifeform grows larger and larger as it consumes everything in its path. Tonylyn Productions

Thursday night through Sunday afternoon, The Cary Theater in downtown Cary hosts a mini marathon of films that fall into the “so bad that they’re good” category in a series entitled “Best of the B Movies.” First up, the 1991 action film “Samurai Cop” at 7 p.m. followed by John De Bello’s bizarre “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” (1978) at 9. On Friday, Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. and Russell S. Doughten Jr.’s 1958 cult favorite “The Blob” screens at 7 p.m., followed by Tommy Wiseau’s weird 2003 romantic drama “The Room” at 9. Saturday, Hal Needham’s 1982 sci-fi fiasco “Megaforce” screens at 7 p.m., followed by Stephen Chiodo’s 1988 horror comedy “Killer Klowns from Outer Space” at 9. Sunday at 2 p.m., the fest of funny misfires concludes with Edward D. Wood Jr.’s epically awful 1959 schlock classic “Plan 9 from Outer Space.” Tickets are $3-$5 for each film. Details: 919-462-2051 or thecarytheater.com.

Other highlights

  • Friday in Raleigh, the PNC Downtown Raleigh Movie Series presents Rob Reiner’s 1987 fantasy rom-com classic “The Princess Bride” at City Plaza. The movie begins at dusk. Details: 919-832-1231 or godowntownraleigh.com.
  • Friday afternoon through Sunday night in Durham, the Carolina Theatre hosts a festival dubbed RetroMusicals which includes screenings of Michael Curtiz’s “Yankee Doodle Dandy” (1942), Lloyd Bacon’s “42nd Street” (1933), Norman Jewison’s “Jesus Christ Superstar” (1973), Walter Lang’s “The King and I” (1956), Vincente Minnelli’s “Meet Me in St. Louis” (1944), Bob Fosse’s “Cabaret” (1972), Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly’s “Singin’ in the Rain” (1952) and the Director’s Cut of Frank Oz’s “Little Shop of Horrors” (1986). Each film is $9. Details: 919-560-3030 or carolinatheatre.org.
  • Also Friday in Durham, the Full Frame Theater, located on the American Tobacco Campus, screens Kelly Duane and Katie Galloway’s 2016 documentary “The Return” as part of Full Frame’s Third Friday Film Series, a program of the Full Frame Road Show presented by PNC. 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30). The cost is free but tickets are still required. Reserve at eventbrite.com. More details: 919-684-4444 or fullframefest.org.
  • Monday in Raleigh, the Rialto Theater’s “Monday at the Movies” series presents Stephen Daldry’s 2000 musical drama crowdpleaser “Billy Elliot,” starring Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, and Jean Heywood. $5. 7 pm. Details: 919-856-8683 or ambassadorcinemas.com.
  • Thursday in Cary, Koka Booth Amphitheatre’s summer series “Movies by Moonlight” presents Jim Henson’s 1986 musical fantasy “Labyrinth,” starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly. Gates open at 7 (movie starts at dusk). Admission is $5 (free for kids 12 and under). Details: 919-462-2052 or boothamphitheatre.com.
  • Also Thursday, The Cary Theater screens Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s 2015 biodoc “Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addiction” at 2 and 7 p.m. Xavier Giannoli’s 2015 drama “Marguerite” screens at 9. Tickets are $3-$5. Details: 919-462-2051 or thecarytheater.com.
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