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The Carolina Theatre's FantasticRealm Film Festival Brings Back the Cheesy 3-D of the Eighties

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FANTASTICREALM
THE CAROLINA THEATRE, DURHAM
Various times, $10
www.carolinatheatre.org

It's going to be like a French door-slamming farce for hardcore genre-film fans in the Triangle this weekend. With NC Comicon's Oak City show going on in Raleigh (see page 10) and the FantasticRealm film series happening at the Carolina Theatre in Durham, split-second scheduling and a lot of mileage will be required to maximize one's geekery. Highlights among the fifteen films at FantasticRealm include established classics such as The Princess Bride, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and the original Planet of the Apes; rarer fare includes the Roger Corman production Battle Beyond the Stars (with effects by a young James Cameron), the traumatic sequel Return to Oz, and, most intriguing, several 35mm screenings of 3-D camp from the format's eighties boom, including Jaws 3-D, which stars Dennis Quaid and cinema's least-convincing shark. In these days of digital 3-D, it's a chance to look back fondly at some old-school adventures whose goofiness is part of their charm.


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