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Upcoming Cinema Overdrive & Cool Classics at the Colony Theater: Dec ’13-Jan ‘14

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It’s time, once again, to take a look at what’s coming up at the Colony Theater in Raleigh in their revival series Cinema Overdrive and Cool Classics.

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Wednesday night, December the 11th, the Cinema Overdrive series is featuring Michael Schultz’s 1985 martial arts musical “The Last Dragon,” produced by Motown mogul Berry Gordy. Taimak, Vanity, Julius J. Carry III, Chris Murney, Faith Prince, and a bunch of other folks you’ve never heard of star in the critically ignored but cult adored film, but don't blink and miss brief appearances by William H. Macy and Chazz Palminteri. The screening kicks off with some vintage trailers at 8:00 pm.

Thursday night, there will be a special Christmas screening of “Serenity,” Joss Whedon’s 2005 film follow-up to his short-lived but much loved 2002 TV series “Firefly,” as part of the Colony’s Cool Classics series. Nathon Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Adam Baldwin, and Chiwetel Ejiofor (currently starring in “12 Years a Slave” also at the same venue) star in the much loved movie showing in DCP Digital format for the very first time in Raleigh. Doors open at 7, movie screens at 8.

You can Celebrate Friday the 13th with a screening of Sean S. Cunningham's original 1980 slasher classic “Friday the 13th” at the Colony Theater Friday night. The film that spawned 10 sequels and a 2009 reboot/remake, which also spawned a sequel, will be shown at 9:30.

Wednesday night, December 18th, the Colony Theater presents Part 2 of “A Very Kubrick Holiday Season” with a screening of Stanley Kubrick’s1964 cold war classic “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb,” my personal favorite of the late great director's filmography.

The savage satire, sporting an incredible cast including Peter Sellers in three roles, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, and James Earl Jones in his first feature film, starts at 7:30.

Coming to Cinema Overdrive in January: a 40th anniversary screening of Sam Peckinpah's “Bring Me the Head of Alfred Garcia,” starring Warren Oates on Wednesday, January 8th. The Cool Classics selection for that month will be Roman Polanski's film noir favorite “Chinatown,” starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway, also celebrating its 40th, on Wednesday, January 15th. The Colony will also be launching a new series called “Golden Age” in 2014 so stay tuned to their website and here for future info.

Admission for Cool Classics and Cinema Overdrive showings is $5.00.

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