Film Picks: Watching ‘The Godfather’ on the big screen is a must-see experience

Marlon Brando stars as Don Vito Corleone in “The Godfather,” which will be shown Jan. 15 at the Rialto Theatre’s “Monday at the Movies” series. Paramount Pictures

The Rialto Theatre’s “Monday at the Movies” series will feature Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather.”

On Jan. 15, the Rialto Theatre’s “Monday at the Movies” series will feature what critics and audiences alike consider the greatest gangster movie of all time: Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather.”

The 1972 classic won three Oscars: Best Picture; Best Screenplay for Coppola and Mario Puzo, who wrote the 1969 bestselling novel on which the film was based; and Best Actor for Marlon Brando in the title role. Alongside Brando’s iconic performance is an all-star cast that includes Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, James Caan, Robert Duvall, John Cazale and Sterling Hayden. Tickets are going fast, so get yours now as the film, which is a must-see on the big screen, is likely to sell out. 7 p.m. $5. Details: 919-856- 8683 or ambassadorcinemas.com.

Other Highlights

On Jan. 12, the Carolina Theatre in Durham is presenting a double feature of ’80s action classics: Ted Kotcheff’s “First Blood” (1982), starring Sylvester Stallone; followed by a 30th anniversary screening of John McTiernan’s “Die Hard” (1988), starring Bruce Willis. The double bill begins at 7 p.m., and admission is $9. Details: 919-560-3030 or carolinatheatre.org.

On Jan. 12, the Cary Theater is showing Stanley Kramer’s 1967 classic “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” at 7 p.m., followed by Spike Lee’s 1996 drama “Get on the Bus” at 9:30 p.m. On Jan. 14, Ava DuVernay’s 2016 documentary “13th” shows at 2 p.m. On Jan. 16, it’s “Rough Cuts Review,” an open screen night for North Carolina filmmakers, at 7 p.m.

On Jan. 17, the Cinema Overdrive series is presenting Massimo Dallamano’s 1974 Italian horror flick “What Have They Done to Your Daughters” at 7:30 p.m. On Jan. 18, it’s Ron Howard’s 1985 fantasy “Cocoon” at 2 p.m., followed by Sean Baker’s 2017 drama “The Florida Project” at 7 p.m. and Agnes Varda’s 2017 documentary “Faces Places” at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $3-$5 for each film except for the Cinema Overdrive event, which is $10-$15. Details: 919-462-2051 or thecarytheater.com.

On Jan. 14 and 17, Silverspot Cinema in Chapel Hill will screen Chris Columbus’ 2002 fantasy adventure “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” starring Daniel Radcliffe, as part of the Flashback Cinema series at 1:15 and 7:15 p.m. Details: 919-357-9887 or silverspot.net.

On Jan. 17, the Cinema Inc. series continues its 52nd season with Sydney Lumet’s 1974 mystery classic “Murder on the Orient Express.” Subscriptions for the rest of the season are sold out, but those interested in subscribing for 2018-19 can send their contact information to thecinemainc@gmail.com.

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