REAR WINDOW

REAR WINDOW

OCTOBER 14 & 17

One of the best from director Alfred Hitchcock, the “master of suspense.” James Stewart, confined to his New York City apartment with a broken leg, finds that “people watching” from his window helps to pass the time.  Things heat up when he and his girlfriend (Grace Kelly) begin to suspect one of his neighbors of murder. Wendell Corey plays Stewart’s police detective friend. (“People do a lot of things in private they couldn’t possibly explain in public.”) 

1954

Rated PG

Halloween

Halloween

OCTOBER 7 & 10

Director John Carpenter’s ORIGINAL 1970’s classic! The night HE (villain Michael Myers) came home, 15 years after committing a grisly murder…and just in time for Halloween. This is the movie that inspired a whole series of horror pictures featuring teenagers in peril, and it remains one of the most successful independent movies ever made. Jamie Lee Curtis, in her film debut, plays a babysitter who is stalked by Myers. (“You can’t kill the boogeyman.”)

1978

Rated R  

Young Frankenstein

Young Frankenstein

SEPTEMBER 30 & OCTOBER 3

Gene Wilder is Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (“That’s FRONKensteen!”), struggling with the legacy of his infamous mad-scientist grandfather in this classic comedy from Mel Brooks.  The stellar supporting cast includes Marty Feldman as Igor (“It’s pronounced Eye-gor”), Madeline Kahn, Peter Boyle, Terri Garr (“Roll, roll, roll in ze hay,”) and Cloris Leachman as the late baron’s mysterious housekeeper Frau Blucher.  ("Yes, yes, say it…he vas my boyfriend!”)

1974

Rated PG

Labyrinth

Labyrinth

SEPTEMBER 23 & 26 

Muppets creator Jim Henson directed this musical fantasy about a teenage girl (Jennifer Connelly) who must enter the mythical world of the Labyrinth to rescue her kidnapped baby brother. Henson’s puppets are amazing, but it was the casting of David Bowie as the Goblin King that made this an iconic 80’s movie. Bowie’s five original songs include “Magic Dance,” which he performs with a gaggle of goblin puppets.  (“You remind me of a babe…”)

1986

Rated PG

Steel Magnolias

Steel Magnolias

SEPTEMBER 16 & 19

A comedy-drama that celebrates the warmth, grace, and grit of a close-knit group of women in a small Southern town. The A-list cast includes Sally Field, Julia Roberts (Oscar-nominated for her performance), Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, Daryl Hannah, and Dolly Parton as the big-hearted owner of the beauty shop where friends share the joys and heartaches that bind them together. ("Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion.”)

1989

Rated PG

The King & I

The King & I

SEPTEMBER 9 & 12

You’ll “whistle a happy tune” while “getting to know” this popular Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, based on the real-life experiences of a 19th century Englishwoman who taught the children of the King of Siam.  Nominated for 9 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Actress (Deborah Kerr), and winner of 5. Yul Brynner won Best Actor for his performance as the King, a part he originated on Broadway.  ("Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera!”)

1956

Rated G

AMERICAN GRAFFITI

AMERICAN GRAFFITI

SEPTEMBER 2 & 5

Where were you in ’62? Writer/director George Lucas was a teenager in Northern California, and his experiences inspired this comedy set at the end of the summer after high school graduation.  The stellar cast includes Ron Howard, Cindy Williams, Richard Dreyfuss, Wolfman Jack and newcomer Harrison Ford. A nostalgic look at the era when rock ‘n’ roll was young, filled with hit songs from the period. ("One, two, three o’clock, four o’clock, rock...”)

1973

Rated PG

THE SANDLOT

THE SANDLOT

AUGUST 26 & 29

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

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND

AUGUST 19 & 22

The sci-fi movie that earned director Steven Spielberg his first Oscar nomination. The title refers to interactions with UFO’S: a sighting, physical evidence, and the third kind is contact. The climactic “mother ship” scene in which the alien creatures reveal themselves looks even more awesome in this 4K digitally restored director’s cut. (“If everything's ready here on the Dark Side of the Moon...play the five tones.”)

1977

Rated PG

The Karate Kid

The Karate Kid

AUGUST 12 & 15

The ORIGINAL from director John G. Avildsen (Rocky). Audiences and critics alike cheered this classic underdog story about a teenage boy (Ralph Macchio) who takes up karate. To win respect—and the girl (Elizabeth Shue)—he must face the school bully who belongs to the take-no-prisoners dojo “Cobra Kai.” Noriyuki "Pat" Morita earned an Oscar nomination as Macchio’s instructor, who has his own unique teaching methods. (“Wax on, wax off.”)

1984

Rated PG

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA

AUGUST 5 & 8

A 1980’s cult classic from director John Carpenter. Kurt Russell plays Jack Burton, a trucker helping his friend (Dennis Dun) rescue his fiancée from the clutches of an evil sorcerer in San Francisco’s Chinatown. (Yes! It has comedy, romance, martial arts AND special effects!). Kim Cattrall gives an assist to Russell, who is delightfully inept as an action hero who only wishes he were Indiana Jones. (“Sooner or later I rub everybody the wrong way.”)

1986

Rated PG-13

STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN

STAR TREK II:  THE WRATH OF KHAN

JULY 29 & AUGUST 1

Considered by many to be the best of the original Star Trek movies, presented in a 4K digitally restored director’s cut.  William Shatner stars as Captain James T. Kirk and Leonard Nimoy plays Spock. (“I am a Vulcan. I have no ego to bruise.”) Ricardo Montalban gives a memorable performance as the villain Khan, a part he originated in the TV episode “Space Seed.” (“Do you know the Klingon proverb that tells us revenge is a dish that is best served cold?”)

1982

Rated PG

Batman

Batman

JULY 22 & 25

Tim Burton directed this blockbuster that launched the Batman movie franchise and made “Batmania” a cultural phenomenon. Michael Keaton stars (“I’m Batman!”) and Kim Basinger is photo journalist Vicki Vale, out to discover his real identity. With original songs by Prince and a marvelously maniacal performance by Jack Nicholson (“Where does he get those wonderful toys?”) as the Joker (“I have given a name to my pain, and it is Batman.”)

1989

Rated PG-13

TOP GUN

TOP GUN

JULY 15 & 18

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

Heaven Can Wait

Heaven Can Wait

JULY 8 & 11

This hit comedy stars Warren Beatty as a pro quarterback who, through a heavenly mix-up, leaves earth before his time. He returns in a millionaire businessman’s body and resumes his football ambitions. Nominated for 9 Oscars, including Best Picture. With Julie Christie, Dyan Cannon (hilarious as the millionaire’s scheming wife) and Jack Warden as the exasperated trainer. (“This isn't going to work. You're playing football with a bunch of butlers!”)

1978
Rated PG

Jaws

Jaws

JULY 1 & 4

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 director Steven Spielberg a household name.  And 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

Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing

JUNE 24 & JUNE 27

You’ll have “the time of your life” at this romantic crowd-pleaser, set at a Catskills summer resort in 1963. Jennifer Grey (Ferris Bueller’s sister) plays Baby, a rich girl who finds herself attracted to a working-class dance instructor (Patrick Swayze).  Primarily known for tough-guy roles, Swayze’s experience with the Joffrey Ballet (who knew?) prepared him for the role.  We dare you to sit still during the film’s big finish. ("Nobody puts Baby in a corner.”)

1987

Rated PG-13

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

JUNE 17 (FATHER’S DAY) & JUNE 20

Maybe the greatest adventure movie ever made, directed by Steven Spielberg from an idea from George Lucas. This summer blockbuster introduced audiences to archeology professor/action hero Indiana Jones (“Trust me”), who is searching 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

THE PRINCESS BRIDE

THE PRINCESS BRIDE

JUNE 3 & 6

A cult classic and maybe the most quotable comedy ever made. The dashing Westley (Cary Elwes) is intent on rescuing the lovely Buttercup (Robin Wright) from an unhappy fate as the bride of Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon).  Mandy Patinkin is a fencing master (“My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”) and Billy Crystal is Miracle Max, a medicine man with a talent for treating the “mostly dead.” (“Have fun storming the castle!”) 

1987

Rated PG

SPACE JAM

SPACE JAM

JUNE 10 & 13  

Aliens from outer space want to force Bugs Bunny and his looney tunes friends to work in their amusement park. So naturally Bugs challenges the aliens to a basketball game (don’t ask), but to win they’ll need the help of the world’s greatest athlete, Michael Jordan. Where else but in this classic live action animation comedy can you see Larry Bird, Daffy Duck, and Charles Barkley all in the same movie, not to mention Bill Murray. (“Whoa, I don’t play defense!”) 

1996

Rated PG