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

GREASE

GREASE

MAY 27 & 30

Grease is STILL the word! Join John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John and the rest of the gang at Rydell High in the original high school musical, looking better than ever in a 4K Digital restoration. With a dynamite score (the album went multi-multi-platinum) that includes “Summer Nights,” “Greased Lightnin’,” “Beauty School Dropout” (performed by real life 50’s heart-throb Frankie Avalon) and “You’re the One That I Want.” (“I’ve got chills…they’re multiplying…”)

1978

Rated PG

CLUELESS

CLUELESS

MAY 20 & 23

A classic 90’s comedy about a “way-normal” teenager (Alicia Silverstone) growing up beautiful, popular and rich in Beverly Hills.  She doesn’t date high school boys (“As IF!”) and hasn’t learned to park (“What’s the point? Everywhere you go has valet.”). Ex-stepbrother Paul Rudd is “kind of a Baldwin.” Hailed by critics as funny and smart, with dialogue that is way-quotable. ("He does dress better than I do…what would I bring to the relationship?”)

1995

Rated PG-13

THE SOUND OF MUSIC

THE SOUND OF MUSIC

MAY 13 (Mother’s Day) & 16

“The hills are alive” with the sound of the most popular musical of all time and the winner of 5 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Julie Andrews is governess to the seven rambunctious children of Captain von Trapp (Christopher Plummer). Shot on location in Austria, the majestic Alps look awesome on the big screen and the unforgettable score by Rodgers and Hammerstein is full of favorite tunes. ("Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens...”)

1965

Rated G

MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL

MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL

MAY 6 & 9

British Comedy troupe Monty Python applies its unique brand of off-the-wall humor to the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.  The actors play multiple parts, with Graham Chapman (“I am Arthur, King of the Britons!”), Terry Gilliam as the Bridgekeeper (“What…is your quest?”), Eric Idle as the Dead Collector (“Hang on, he says he’s not dead!”), and John Cleese as the incredibly determined Black Knight.  (“It’s just a flesh wound!”)

1975

Rated PG

The Notebook

The Notebook

APRIL 29 & MAY 2

Grab the Kleenex for this touching romance (and fan favorite) based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks. Framed as a story told by a man (James Garner) to a woman (Gena Rowlands) about young lovers living in the 1940’s. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams won critical acclaim for their break-out performances as the young couple whose relationship is tested by war and class distinctions.  (“I wrote you 365 letters…I wrote you every day for a year…”)

2004

Rated PG-13

Wayne's World

Wayne's World

APRIL 22 & 25

“Party on!” with Wayne (Mike Myers) and Garth (Dana Carvey) in this highly quotable 90’s comedy about two slackers with their own cable access show (“Excellent!”). This most successful of all movies based on Saturday Night Live sketches (“Schwing!”) co-stars Tia Carrere (“She’s magically babelicious”). The Bohemian Rhapsody scene is a classic, as is the one where Wayne and Garth meet their idol Alice Cooper. (“We’re not worthy, we’re not worthy!”)

1992

Rated PG-13

Back to the Future

Back to the Future

APRIL 15 & 18

One of the most popular films of the 1980's, this time-travel comedy directed by Robert Zemeckis stars Michael J. Fox as average American teenager Marty McFly.  Through a chance encounter with mad scientist Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd), Marty finds himself transported to the year 1955 with no means to get "back to the future."  Their time machine is a plutonium-powered DeLorean car.  ("Roads?  Where we're going, we don't need roads!")

1985

Rated PG

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER

APRIL 8 & 11

The blockbuster that made John Travolta a star (and disco music a phenomenon) returns in a digitally restored director’s cut. The dazzling dance floor action (set to chart-topping songs from the Bee Gees) looks better than ever on the big screen. Travolta earned an Oscar nomination for his performance as Tony Manero, whose streetwise demeanor hides his yearning for a better life.   ("I'll dance with you, but it's not like you're my dream girl or nothin'.”)

1977

Rated R

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 who helps his friend (Dennis Dun) rescue his fiancée (Kim Cattrall) from the clutches of an evil sorcerer in San Francisco’s Chinatown. (Yes! It has action, comedy, special effects AND martial arts!) Russell is delightfully inept as an action hero who’s about as far from Indiana Jones as you can get. (“Sooner or later I rub everybody the wrong way.”)

1986

Rated PG-13

EASTER PARADE

EASTER PARADE

APRIL 1 & 4

Judy Garland and Fred Astaire, two of the greatest stars from Hollywood’s Golden Age, team up in this joyous holiday musical from composer Irving Berlin (White Christmas). One of the most successful of all MGM musicals, with some of Berlin’s best songs, including “Shakin’ the Blues Away” (performed by Ann Miller), “Steppin’ Out with My Baby,” “A Couple of Swells” and, of course, the title song.  ("Oh, I could write a sonnet about your Easter bonnet…”)

1948

The Dark Crystal

The Dark Crystal

MARCH 25 & 28

This fantasy adventure from legendary puppeteers Jim Henson and Frank Oz is a cult favorite. In a magical world ruled by an evil race (the “Skeksis”) it falls to the elf-like Jen, a “Gelfling,” to challenge their power. Groundbreaking in its use of animatronics, it paved the way for Henson and Oz’s collaboration on Labyrinth. The Skeksis dinner scene is a classic combination of artistry and humor…you’ll believe these puppets are real.   ("Ah, roast Nebrie, my favorite!")

1982

Rated PG