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COMIQUEST FILM FESTIVAL

When: Fri., Nov. 14, Sat., Nov. 15 and Sun., Nov. 16 2014

COMIQUEST FILM FESTIVAL CAROLINA THEATRE, DURHAM | FRIDAY, NOV. 14–SUNDAY, NOV. 16

Comic book convention NC Comicon returns to the Durham Convention Center this weekend (see story on page 28). But if you prefer your four-color thrills in movie form, the attached ComiQuest Film Festival next door is just the ticket, with individual entries on sale for comics-based movie screenings all weekend. Our picks: a rare big-screen showing of 1999's The Iron Giant, a beautiful boy-meets-giant-robot-from-space period piece that was the feature-film debut of The Incredibles director Brad Bird, and 1988's Akira, Katushiro Otomo's brain-blowing 1988 adaptation of his post-apocalyptic manga, featuring a stunningly demolished Neo-Tokyo and many screams of "TETSUOOOOO!" On the second tier, just because we've seen them at the Carolina before: 1980 camp-fest Flash Gordon, Hayao Miyazaki's gorgeous anime classic Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and the manlier-than-manly 1982 Conan the Barbarian, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Anyone rooting for Michael Keaton to win the Oscar for Birdman should see the film that superhero-typecast him, 1989's Batman. Masochists should check out 1986 mega-flop Howard the Duck. It's as bad as you think it is. And for the kids—well, especially for the kids—there's the Up, Up and Away! shorts program, which includes the premiere of an all-new Kung Fu Panda short by director Rudolphe Guenoden, who will be at the convention. Various times, $8, 309 W. Morgan St., 919-560-3030, www.carolinatheatre.org. —Zack Smith

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