This year's films

June 5, 2018
Lilies of the Field, 1963
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 1 hour, 34 minutes

In this film, a traveling laborer meets five nuns in the Arizona desert. The appearance of Homer Smith convinces the Mother Superior he is an answer to her prayers. He wins the hearts of the nuns and the thanks of the town, as initial reluctance turns into public acceptance. Directed by Ralph Nelson; Written by James Poe (Screenplay), William E. Barrett (novel)
Starring: Sidney Poiteir, Lilia Skala

June 12, 2018 (Rain Date - July 31st)
*Dirty Dancing, 1987
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 1 hour, 40 minutes

In the summer of 1963, 17-year-old Frances "Baby" Houseman is vacationing with her family at a resort in the Catskill Mountains. Baby develops a crush on the resort's dance instructor, Johnny Castle, and meets his cousin, Billy. The staff holds secret after-hours parties in their quarters, and Baby is surprised by their "dirty dancing". Intrigued, Baby receives a brief, impromptu dance lesson from Johnny. Directed by Emile Ardolino; Written by Eleanor Bergstein
Starring: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey (before nose job), Jerry Orbach and Cynthia Rhodes
*Some adult content, sexual references, pregnancy and reference to an abortion. Please view info at https://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/dirty-dancing.

June 19, 2018
Invasion of the Body Snatchers, 1956
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Extraterrestrial invaders mimic the likeness of humans in an insidious plot to take over Earth. Miles Bennell, a California doctor arrives at a San Francisco hospital in near-hysterical condition, raving about an alien invasion. His story, told in flashback, focuses on Bennell's home in tiny Santa Mira, where he discovers an alien plot to take over earth by methodically replacing humankind with zombie-like pod people. Directed by Don Siegel; Written by Daniel Mainwaring
Starring: Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Larry Gates, Carolyn Jones, King Donovan

June 26, 2018
*Sleepless in Seattle, 1993
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Rating: PG
Runtime: 1 hour, 45 minutes

A wonderfully romantic comedy about two people drawn together by destiny. Tom Hanks stars as Sam Baldwin, a widowed father who, thanks to the wiles of his worried son, becomes a reluctant guest on a radio call-in show. He's an instant hit with thousands of female listeners who deluge his Seattle home with letters of comfort. Meanwhile, inspired in equal parts by Sam's story and by classic Hollywood romance, writer Annie Reed (Meg Ryan) becomes convinced that it's her destiny to meet Sam. There are just two problems: Annie's engaged to someone else and Sam doesn't know yet that they're made for each other.  Directed by Nora Ephron; Written by Jeff Arch (story), Nora Ephron (screenplay)
Starring: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Ross Malinger
*Has some cursing and sexual references. Please view info at https://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/sleepless-in-seattle.

July 3, 2018
King Creole, 1958
Genre: Classics, Drama, Musical
Rating: PG
Runtime: 1 hour, 56 minutes

Elvis Presley delivers one of his finest early performances in King Creole. Danny is dissatisfied with the financial situation of his poverty-stricken family and blames his father for their problems. He sweeps up at a nightclub to earn extra money -- a job that places the impressionable young man in the company of some shady characters. An encounter with Ronnie, a local gangster's moll portrayed by Carolyn Jones, results in Danny's expulsion from high school. Danny runs into Ronnie and gangster Maxie Fields, played by Walter Matthau, who insist that Danny sing a song. Danny's natural talent attracts the attention of the owner of the King Creole night spot, who offers him a job. Together with Jailhouse Rock, King Creole is one of the best filmed examples of the untamed, pre-army Elvis Presley. The picture was adapted from Harold Robbins' novel A Stone for Danny Fisher. Directed by Michael Curtiz; Written by Herbert Baker, Michael V. Gazzo,
Starring: Elvis Presley, Carolyn Jones

July 10, 2018
*The Pursuit of Happyness, 2006
Genre: Biography, Drama
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 1 hour, 56 minutes

Will Smith stars in this moving tale inspired by the true story of Chris Gardner, a San Francisco salesman struggling to build a future for himself and his 5-year-old son Christopher (Jaden Smith). When his girlfriend Linda (Thandie Newton) walks out, Chris is left to raise Christopher (Jaden Smith) on his own. Chris' determination finally pays off when he lands an unpaid internship in a brutally competitive stockbroker-training program, where only one in twenty interns will make the cut. But without a salary, Chris and his son are evicted from their apartment and are forced to sleep on the streets, in homeless shelters and even behind the locked doors of a metro station bathroom. With self-confidence and the love and trust of his son, Chris Gardner rises above his obstacles to become a Wall Street legend. Directed by Gabriele Muccino; Written by Steve Conrad
Starring: Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith 
*Has some cursing and sexual references. Please view info at https://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/the-pursuit-of-happyness.


July 17, 2018
Funny Face, 1957
Genre: Musical, Romantic Comedy
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 1 hour, 43 minutes

This filmed version of the 1927 George Gershwin Broadway musical Funny Face utilizes the play's original star, Fred Astaire, and several of the original tunes, then goes merrily off on its own. Astaire is cast as a fashion photographer Dick Avery, who is sent out by his female boss Maggie Prescott (Kay Thompson) to find a "new face." It doesn't take Dick long to discover Jo (Audrey Hepburn), an owlish Greenwich Village bookstore clerk. Acting as Pygmalion to Jo's Galatea, Dick whisks the wide-eyed girl off to Paris and transforms her into the fashion world's hottest model. Along the way, he falls in love with Jo, and works overtime to wean her away from such phony-baloney intellectuals as Professor Emile Flostre (Michel Auclair). Directed by Stanley Donen; Written by Leonard Gershe
Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson 

July 24, 2018
*Dead Poets Society, 1989
Genre: Musical, Romantic Comedy
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 2 hours, 8 minutes

A new English teacher, John Keating (Robin Williams), is introduced to an all-boys preparatory school that is known for its ancient traditions and high standards. He uses unorthodox methods to reach out to his students, who face enormous pressures from their parents and the school. With Keating's help, students Neil Perry (Robert Sean Leonard), Todd Anderson (Ethan Hawke) and others learn to break out of their shells, pursue their dreams and seize the day. Directed by Peter Weir; Written by Tom Schulman
Starring: Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke
*Has some cursing and heavy topics such as suicide. Please view info at https://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/dead-poets-society.

Screenings 2009-2017

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