Bring a blanket. Bring a snack. Bring the dog. And spend a night under the stars watching a cool film….
Pete’s Dragon ( Aug 18 at Bryan Park) follows the adventures of the orphan Pete and his best friend Elliot, who happens to be a dragon. However, Eliot’s existence is threatened when one man makes it his mission to capture the dragon. This film is a live-action remake of the 1977 Disney animated film, but this film does not retain any of the original’s musical numbers.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens ( Aug 25 at Butler Park ) is the long-anticipated sequel to Lucas’ original Star Wars films. Set thirty years after the fall of the Empire, the film follows scavenger Rey and former Stormtrooper Finn as they become caught up in the Resistance’s fight against the sinister First Order. This film was directed by J. J Abrams, a life-long Star Wars fanboy who also directed the first two Star Trek reboot films before helming The Force Awakens. Daniel Craig allegedly has a cameo as a Stormtrooper in this film.
In the animated film The Secret Life of Pets, (Sept 1 at Bryan Park) the quiet life of the dog Max is interrupted when his family brings home a new pet. But they have to put their differences aside when they learn that the bunny Snowball is forming an army of pets to get revenge on the humans. Play close attention during the park scene and you’ll spot the character Gru from Despicable Me walking his dog Kyle in the background.
Double Indemnity (Sept 8 at Third Street Park) Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck and Edward G. Robinson star in one of the great film noirs of the 40s. An attractive woman lures a smooth-talking insurance salesman into a scheme to murder her husband and split the insurance money. Directed by Billy Wilder from a screenplay by Raymond Chandler and James M. Cain. Chandler has his only film cameo in Double Indemnity; he’s sitting in a chair outside of Edward G. Robinson’s office and looks up at Fred MacMurray as he walks by.
In Tomorrowland (Sept 15 at Bryan Park), gifted teen Casey and disillusioned genius Frank must embark on a journey to uncover the secrets of Tomorrowland, a place that is caught between time and space, in order to save our world. The film is named after the futuristic-themed land of the same name found in Disney theme parks and features multiple Disney-related Easter eggs, including many “hidden Mickeys.” George Clooney stars.