TOP GUN

TOP GUN

AUGUST 4 & 7

Tom Cruise stars as Navy fighter pilot “Maverick” in this blockbuster that is the perfect 1980’s blend of action, patriotism and romance. The soundtrack album, with songs by Kenny Loggins and Berlin, including the Oscar®-winning Take My Breath Away, went platinum nine times. Kelly McGillis plays a flight instructor romantically drawn to the reckless Cruise. (“I feel the need…the need for speed!”)

1986

Rated PG

Back to the Future

Back to the Future

JULY 28 & 31

Classic time-travel comedy from Steven Spielberg & Robert Zemeckis.  80’s teenager Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) teams up with mad scientist Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd). (“Doc, are you telling me you built a time machine … out of a DeLorean?”) Marty is transported to the year 1955 and must find a way to get "back to the future."  ("Roads?  Where we're going, we don't need roads!")

1985

Rated PG

THE MATRIX

THE MATRIX

JULY 21 & 24

Futuristic action thriller that became a word-of-mouth hit and a landmark 90’s movie. Keanu Reeves is Neo, a hacker who discovers reality is not what it appears to be (“Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real?”)  With mind-blowing stunts and visual effects that bend the laws of physics. (“Unfortunately, no one can be told what the matrix is. You have to see it for yourself.”)

1999

Rated R

JURASSIC PARK

JURASSIC PARK

JULY 14 & 17

Before there was a World, there was a Park. This is the ORIGINAL, directed by Steven Spielberg, based on Michael Crichton’s best-selling book. Billionaire John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) creates a 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

 

THE SANDLOT

THE SANDLOT

JULY 7 & 10

Coming-of-age comedy about friendship and baseball. In the summer of ’62 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

JUNE 30 & JULY 3

A killer shark is terrorizing vacationers at Amity Island in this adaptation of Peter Benchley’s best-selling novel. The summer blockbuster that made director Steven Spielberg a household name and earned John Williams an Oscar® for his ominous score. (“Duunnn dun…dun dun.”) 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 23 & JUNE 26

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 16 (FATHER’S DAY) & JUNE 19

Maybe the greatest adventure movie ever made, directed by Steven Spielberg from an idea from George Lucas. This 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

The Goonies

The Goonies

JUNE 9 & 12

(“Hey, you guys!”) Bring the family to this beloved adventure comedy presented by Steven Spielberg, with music by Cyndi Lauper and REO Speedwagon (it doesn’t get more 1980’s than that). A group of young friends desperate to save their neighborhood from demolition find an old pirate’s map. Their search for buried treasure is full of spooky caves, booby traps, and harrowing situations that strengthen their bonds of friendship. (“Goonies never say die!”) 

1985

Rated PG

FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF

FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF

JUNE 2 & 5

High school senior Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) raises playing hooky to an art form in this classic 80’s comedy from writer/director John Hughes.  Whether it’s singing from a parade float (“Well, shake it up baby, now…”) 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

GREASE

GREASE

MAY 26 & 29

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 heartthrob Frankie Avalon) and “You’re the One That I Want.” (“I’ve got chills…they’re multiplying…”)

1978

Rated PG

The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride

MAY 19 & 22

Adventure! Comedy! Romance! (And oh, so quotable!) The dashing 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 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

The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music

MAY 12 (MOTHER’S DAY) & 15

“The hills are alive” with the sound of the most popular musical of all time. Based on a true story, this Academy Award-winning Best Picture stars Julie Andrews as governess to the seven lively 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 5 & 8

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

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY

APRIL 28 & MAY 1

Heartwarming romantic comedy starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan as friends who can’t imagine being in love. He is too opinionated about male/female relationships, and thinks she is too “high maintenance.” (“‘On the side’ is a very big thing for you.”) Harry Connick, Jr. provides the songs (“It had to be you…”) and director Rob Reiner’s mom makes a memorable cameo appearance during the famous delicatessen scene. (“I’ll have what she’s having.”)

1989

Rated R

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN

APRIL 21 (EASTER) & 24

#1 on the American Film Institute’s list of the greatest movie musicals of all time, this delightful comedy teams Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor with newcomer Debbie Reynolds in the role that made her a star.  Jean Hagen received an Oscar® nomination for her performance as a squeaky-voiced silent movie queen. The scene where Kelly is singing—and dancing—in the rain is alone worth the price of admission. (“What a glorious feeling, I’m happy again…”)

1952

Rated G

WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

APRIL 14 & 17

The ORIGINAL movie version of Roald Dahl’s cherished children’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, has an Oscar-nominated score that includes the hit song “Candy Man.” Gene Wilder plays an eccentric candy maker who opens his mysterious and magical factory to a few golden ticket winners. Wilder is full of fun as Wonka, a man whose confectionary imagination is matched only by his sense of mischief. (“The suspense is terrible…I hope it’ll last!”)

1971

Rated G

THE BLUES BROTHERS

THE BLUES BROTHERS

APRIL 7 & 10

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

The Philadelphia Story

The Philadelphia Story

MARCH 31 & APRIL 3

A classic romantic comedy with A-list movie stars. Katharine Hepburn is Tracy Lord, a Philadelphia socialite whose ex-husband (Cary Grant) shows up on the eve of her wedding. James Stewart won a Best Actor Oscar® for his performance as a journalist assigned to cover the event. Hepburn sparkles as the vivacious heiress who learns some surprising lessons about herself and the men in her life. (“The time to make up your mind about people is never.”)

1940

Not Rated

The Godfather Part II

The Godfather Part II

MARCH 24 & 27

The continuation of the Corleone family saga, and the first sequel to win the Oscar® for Best Picture. Al Pacino was nominated for his performance as Michael (“Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer”) and Robert DeNiro won Best Supporting Actor as the young Vito. Famed acting coach Lee Strasberg plays the grandfatherly but ruthless Hyman Roth. ("I didn’t ask who gave the order…because it had nothing to do with business!”)

1974

Rated R