THE FIFTH ELEMENT

THE FIFTH ELEMENT

OCTOBER 8 & 11

A science fiction hit whose reputation has grown even bigger in the 20 years since it was released. Bruce Willis is 23rd century cab driver Korben Dallas and Milla Jovovich is Leeloo, a mysterious young woman who needs his help to save Earth from destruction.  Gary Oldman plays the quirky villain Zorg and Chris Tucker is the over-the-top radio host Ruby Rhod. Willis is at his best as the tough-guy hero. (“Anybody else want to negotiate?”)

1997

Rated PG-13

Rio Bravo

Rio Bravo

OCTOBER 1 & 4

Classic western in which John Wayne is a sheriff standing guard over a killer (Claude Akin) whose gang aims to spring him from jail. Will the Duke prevail, with the help of his deputies (Dean Martin and Walter Brennan) and a young gunslinger named Colorado (50’s heartthrob Ricky Nelson)? Did we mention this is a John Wayne movie? (“If any trouble starts around this jail, before anybody can get to you you're gonna get accidentally shot.”)

1959

Rated PG

TO CATCH A THIEF

TO CATCH A THIEF

SEPTEMBER 24 & 27

Alfred Hitchcock was a master at directing stylish thrillers (with a dose of romance), and this is one of his best. Full of beautiful French Riviera locations and Edith Head costumes. Cary Grant plays a reformed cat burglar out to clear his name and Grace Kelly is an alluring socialite dripping in jewels.  The fireworks scene may be one of the most romantic ever filmed.  (“Even in this light, I can tell where your eyes are looking.”) 

1955

Rated PG 

DOCTOR ZHIVAGO

DOCTOR ZHIVAGO

SEPTEMBER 17 & 20

This romantic masterpiece from director David Lean (Lawrence of Arabia) remains one of the most successful movies ever made. Visually stunning and musically lush, the film won five Academy Awards including cinematography and original score.   With a stellar cast led by Omar Sharif and Julie Christie as lovers caught up in the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. (“Wouldn't it have been lovely if we'd met before?”)

1965 

Rated PG-13

 

ROMAN HOLIDAY

ROMAN HOLIDAY

SEPTEMBER 10 & 13

Romance is in the air when a princess visiting Rome (Audrey Hepburn) meets reporter Gregory Peck.  Filmed on location in the Eternal City, this enchanting comedy won three Academy Awards, including one for Hepburn in her first starring role. The actress is every inch the princess who yearns to experience everyday life, and gets the chance with the charming Peck as her guide.  (“I could do some of the things I’ve always wanted to!”)

1953

UNFORGIVEN

UNFORGIVEN

SEPTEMBER 3 & 6

The classic western widely considered to be Clint Eastwood’s masterpiece. He and Morgan Freeman play retired gunfighters with one last job to do. Gene Hackman is the cruel sheriff who stands in their way. Won four Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor (Hackman).  Eastwood won for directing and was nominated for actor for his haunting performance as the aging gunslinger. (“We all got it comin’, kid.”)

1992

Rated R

AIRPLANE!

AIRPLANE!

AUGUST 27 & 30

The hit comedy that spoofed every disaster movie cliché. The fate of an imperiled airliner depends on Ted Striker (Robert Hays), a nervous former pilot with a “drinking problem.” Ex-girlfriend Elaine (Julie Hagerty) is the flight attendant. (“There’s no reason to become alarmed… by the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?”) Gave Leslie Nielsen a whole new career as a comedic actor. (“And don’t call my Shirley.”) 

1980

Rated PG

SMOKEY & THE BANDIT

SMOKEY & THE BANDIT

AUGUST 20 & 23

This classic action comedy was the highest grossing movie of 1977 after Star Wars. Burt Reynolds is the fun-loving trucker, Bandit, who gives runaway bride Sally Field a lift, and country singer Jerry Reed is Reynolds’ sidekick, Snowman.  Jackie Gleason plays the chronically exasperated Sheriff Buford T. Justice, the “Smokey” who is hot on Bandit’s tail. (“What we’re dealing with here is a complete lack of respect for the law!”)

1977

Rated PG

JURASSIC PARK

JURASSIC PARK

AUGUST 13 & 16

Before there was a World, there was a Park.  Based on Michael Crichton’s best-selling book and directed by Steven Spielberg, this is the original film in the blockbuster series.  Billionaire John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) creates an island theme park inhabited by cloned dinosaurs and invites scientists (Sam Neill, Laura Dern) and his grandchildren to preview the attraction.  What could go wrong?  (“Welcome to Jurassic Park.”) 

1993

Rated PG-13

 

TOP GUN

TOP GUN

AUGUST 6 & 9

Tom Cruise stars in this celebration of the heroism of Navy pilots, with some of the best aerial scenes ever filmed. The soundtrack album, with songs by Kenny Loggins and Berlin, including the Academy Award-winning Take My Breath Away, went platinum 9 times.  Val Kilmer co-stars as “Iceman” and Kelly McGillis plays a flight instructor romantically drawn to the reckless “Maverick” (Cruise).  (“I feel the need…the need for speed!”) 

1986 

Rated PG

 

FOOTLOOSE

FOOTLOOSE

JULY 30 & AUGUST 2

Kevin Bacon is the new kid in a small town where the locals don’t take kindly to rock music and dancing. And the girl he likes (Lori Singer) is the daughter of the town preacher (John Lithgow). Will he win them over? By the time our hero is done, everyone will be “kicking off their Sunday shoes” to the tune of such pop hits as Let’s Hear it For the Boy, Holding Out For a Hero, and of course the title song. (“Now I gotta cut loose…Footloose…”)

1984

Rated PG

 

NATIONAL LAMPOON’S VACATION

NATIONAL LAMPOON’S VACATION

JULY 23 & 26

The original film in the popular Vacation series—and still the best. Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) takes his family on a cross-country trip to Wally World. Along the way they must cope with quirky relatives Cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid) and Aunt Edna (Imogene Coca), but nothing shakes Dad’s determination to make this the most memorable vacation ever. ("Perhaps you don’t want to see the second largest ball of twine on the face of the earth?”)

1983

Rated R

MAMMA MIA!

MAMMA MIA!

JULY 16 & 19

The smash movie version of the worldwide stage hit. Take the music of Swedish pop group ABBA, add an all-star cast headed by Meryl Streep, mix in plenty of romance and the breathtaking scenery of the Greek Isles, and you get one of the most joyous and successful movie musicals ever made. With hit songs from Take a Chance on Me to Waterloo, to Dancing Queen, you’ll be “having the time of your life!”  (“See that girl, watch that scene…”)

2008

Rated PG-13

 

THE SANDLOT

THE SANDLOT

JULY 9 & 12

This coming-of-age baseball comedy was hailed by critic Roger Ebert as a summertime version of A Christmas Story. New kid in town Scotty Smalls wants to fit in, but there’s a problem: he can’t play baseball! Before summer is over, he will make new friends, and together they will confront “the Beast,” a mysterious dog with a scary reputation.  The scene where Ham teaches Scotty how to make s’mores is a classic. (“You’re killing me, Smalls!”)

1993

Rated PG

JAWS

JAWS

JULY 2 & 5

A killer shark is terrorizing the vacationers at Amity Island in this adaptation of Peter Benchley’s best-selling novel.  Jaws dominated the box office throughout the summer of ‘75 and made Steven Spielberg a household name.  Composer John Williams turned two ominous notes into an Academy Award-winning score.  It’s been over 40 years and folks still think twice about going into the water.   (“You’re going to need a bigger boat.”)

1975

Rated PG

THE BLUES BROTHERS

THE BLUES BROTHERS

JUNE 25 & 28

Music, comedy, and manic car chases through the streets of Chicago, all rolled into one 80’s cult classic. Original Saturday Night Live cast members John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd star as Jake and Elwood Blues, brothers who are getting the band back together to save the orphanage where they grew up. Filled with show-stopping numbers from such musical icons as Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and James Brown. (“We’re on a mission from God.”)

1980

Rated R

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

JUNE 18 (FATHER’S DAY) & JUNE 21

Maybe the greatest adventure movie ever made, directed by Steven Spielberg from an idea from George Lucas.  The film introduced audiences to archeology professor/action hero Indiana Jones, and concerns the search for the legendary lost Ark of the Covenant.  The Ark is said to contain enormous power, and “Indy” (Harrison Ford) and Marion (Karen Allen) must find it before the Nazis do.   (“Snakes.  Why’d it have to be snakes?”) 

1981

Rated PG

FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF

FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF

JUNE 11 & 14

High school senior Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) takes playing hooky to a whole new level in this classic 80’s comedy from writer/director John Hughes.  Whether it’s singing from a float in a parade or crashing a fancy restaurant as Abe Frohman (“the Sausage King of Chicago”) Ferris knows how to show his friends a good time.    (“Life moves pretty fast.  If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”) 

1986

Rated PG-13

THE PRINCESS BRIDE

THE PRINCESS BRIDE

JUNE 4 & 7

One of the most quotable comedies ever made.  Our hero Westley (Cary Elwes) is intent on rescuing lovely Buttercup (Robin Wright) from an unhappy fate as the bride of Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon).  Mandy Patinkin co-stars.  (“My name is Inigo Montoya.  You killed my father.  Prepare to die.")  Not a big hit when it first played in theatres (“Inconceivable!”), this film has become a cult classic.  (“Have fun storming the castle!”) 

1987

Rated PG

E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL

E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL

MAY 28 & 31

When 10-year-old Elliott (Henry Thomas) finds a creature from outer space in his backyard, he decides he’s found a new friend and declares, “I’m keeping him.”  This heart-warming science fiction film touched audiences of all ages in the summer of ’82 and brought Steven Spielberg his third Oscar nomination for directing.  It also featured a breakout performance by 6-year old Drew Barrymore as Elliott’s little sister.  ("E.T. phone home.")

1982

Rated PG