As it’s a brand new year, it’s once again time for Triangle area film buffs to mark their calendars for the next wave of Cinema Overdrive and Cool Classics titles that the Colony Theater will be playing in the next few months.
On Wednesday night, the Cinema Overdrive series is featuring Laslo Benedek's 1971 Swedish thriller “The Night Visitor,” concerning Max von Sydow as an insane farmer who escapes from an asylum to get revenge on his sister (Liv Ullmann), and her husband (Per Oscarsson) for framing him for murder.
Although it received mostly mixed reviews in its original release, A.H. Weiler wrote in the New York Times that it was “an uncommonly fascinating film shot in beautiful color against authentic wintry Swedish and Danish backgrounds,” and that the cast all give “taut but controlled performances that underline the tensions that make ‘The Night Visitor’ a captivating, moody and scenic thriller.”
Next month, on Wednesday, February 13th, the series will screen David Greene’s 1970 drama “The People Next Door,” starring Eli Wallach, Julie Harris, and Deborah Winters.
On Wednesday, March 13th, John McNaughton’s 1996 acclaimed cult crime drama “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer,” starring Michael Rooker, Tracy Arnold, and Tom Towles, will be shown.
All Cinema Overdrive features start at 8, and admission is $5.00.
Wednesday night, January 16th, the Cool Classics series will present a screening of Guy Ritchie’s 1998 debut as writer/director: “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.” The acclaimed British crime thriller stars Jason Flemyng, Nick Moran, Jason Statham, Vinnie Jones, and features a cameo by global pop star Sting.
The following month, on Wednesday, February 20th, the CC series will be screening Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s 2001 French rom com “Amélie,” starring Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz and Rufus.
The final film on the schedule (for now) is James Frawley’s 1979 family favorite “The Muppet Movie,” the first film to star Jim Henson’s lovable creations Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Mrs. Piggy, the Great Gonzo, and the Electric Mayhem, alongside human guest stars Steve Martin, Richard Pryor, James Coburn, Bob Hope, Mel Brooks, and the recently deceased Charles Durning.
All Cool Classic features start at 7:30 PM, and admission is $5.00.
Stay tuned for info about more upcoming titles at the Colony Theater in North Raleigh.