Free Movies at Open Space Park
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
1989 | USA | PG-13 | 127 min.
Our favorite fedora-wearing, whiptoting, snake fearing archaeologist adventurer returns to Open Space, this time in search of the Holy Grail. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas team up for the third installment of the famed Indiana Jones series that sees Indy (Harrison Ford) reunite with his estranged father (Sean Connery, cue swooning) in a race against the Nazis. Traveling from Venice to the heart of Nazi Germany and on to the Canyon of the Crescent Moon, Indy and his father are never far from trouble.
Showtime: Saturday, July 31, 2010, Dusk, Open Space
1987 | USA | PG-13 | 94 min.
Joel and Ethan Coen’s second feature film is a rollicking masterpiece. Perpetual criminal Hi falls in love with the cop taking his mug shot, Ed, and they are married soon after. Upon discovering that Ed is infertile and adoption is an impossibilitybecause of Hi’s criminal record, the couple kidnaps one of the quintuplets of local furniture mogul Nathan Arizona, figuringfive kids is too many for one family anyway. Their happy new childrearin’ life is all they had hoped it would be, until a pair of Hi’s old cellmates shows up unannounced after breaking out of jail in this fast-paced cult classic.
Showtime: Friday, July 30, 2010, Dusk, Open Space
Mary Po ppins
1964 | USA | G | 139 min.
Come on down to Open Space for a movie that is “Practically Perfect” in every way and sing along to your favorite tunes as Disney’s beloved magical nanny inspires happiness wherever she flies. In Mary’s charge, the Banks children learn the meaning of “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” discover the medicinal effects of “A Spoonful of Sugar,” and “Step in Time” with a band of lively chimney sweeps. A chance to re-watch this Walt Disney masterpiece on the big screen is not to be missed, so bring the entire family for an unforgettable evening and enjoy your “Jolly Holiday” at the Open Space!
Showtimes: Sunday, August 1, 2010, Dusk, Open Space
1965 | UK | NR | 90 min.
“Help!” is on the way. The Beatles’ second film is a madcap romp through the Austrian Alps with Fiendish Thingys and everybody’s favorite mop topped foursome. Inspired by the Marx Brothers’ “Duck Soup” and taking off James Bond films, the premise involves a mysterious cult that discovers their sacrificial ring is stuck on the finger of the one and only RingoStarr! Will Ringo get away or will he be forced to be the next sacrifice to the goddess Kaili? Sing along with 11 Beatles greats including “Ticket to Ride” and “You’re Going to Lose That Girl” and celebrate the zany greatness that is The Beatles.
Showtime: Thursday, July 29, 2010, Dusk, Open Space
1996 | USA | PG-13 | 113 min.
In June, we had earthquake in Traverse City and in July, conditions are looking right for a “Twister!” Pack your foul weather gear for the next natural disaster to hit town — on the big screen. Steven Spielberg produced this extreme action blockbuster, which follows a rag-tag team of storm chasers who risk their lives in pursuit of science. Armed with breakthrough technology aimed at tracking tornado movement, our daring crew dodges flying cattle and fights off rival storm chasers led by the nefarious Dr. Jonas Miller on their action-packed mission. With a tornado at their heels and a stormy romance afoot, will our team make it out alive?
Showtime: Tuesday, July 27, 2010, Dusk, Open Space
2003 | Australia, USA | G | 100 min.
You don’t need to speak Whale to understand the humor and heart in this Pixar classic. After the young and plucky clownfish Nemo is caught by a Sydney dentist, it’s up to his overprotective father Marlin to track him down. Accompanied by the forgetful yet relentlessly chipper Dory, their quest takes them across the vast ocean, where they encounter everything from vegetarian sharks and a swarm of beautifully enticing jellyfish to surfer-dude turtles. Experience this underwater adventure on the waterfront at the Open Space. The festival thanks Disney for this great community treat!
Showtime: Wednesday, July 28, 2010, Dusk, Open Space
Kids Film Fest
2009 | Japan | NR | 98 min.
This stunningly rich and imaginative CGI anime transports you to the fantastic world of Oblivion Island, a parallel universe inhabited by creatures who build entire cities out of abandoned children’s trinkets. Haruka is a lonely teenager who lost her mother at an early age. One day, as she is looking for her mother’s old hand mirror, she spots a strange, furry creature andfollows it onto Oblivion Island. Her visit to the island does not go unnoticed by the evil overlord, the Baron, who needs Haruka’s beloved mirror in order to take over the human world. Haruka’s quest to recover her mirror is filled with excitement, fantasy and friendship in this dazzlingly animated adventure. In Japanese with English subtitles, a chance to expose kids to foreign language film. Recommended for ages 10 and up.
Showtime: Friday, July 30, 2010, 9:30 am, State Theatre Buy Tickets Now!
Kirikou and the Sorceress
1998 | France | NR | 74 min.
With visually breathtaking, painterly animation and an original soundtrack by Grammy Award-winner Youssou N’Dour, this critically acclaimed children’s feature created by Michel Ocelot (“Azur and Asmar,” TCFF ‘09) brings to life a magical African tale about a precocious infant boy named Kirikou who discovers that a sorceress named Karaba has cursed his village. Our tiny hero sets out on an incredible journey to confront the evil sorceress and find out what drove her to curse their villagein the first place. The sumptuous visuals depict the African landscape in exquisite detail, right down to native females’ traditional ensembles (no shirts). A rare and intelligent animated treat that values asking questions rather than making clear distinctions between good and evil. In English. Recommended for ages 6 and up.
Showtime: Thursday, July 29, 2010, 9:30 am, State Theatre Buy Tickets Now!
The Secret of Kells
2009 | France, Belgium, Ireland | NR | 75 min.
Twelve-year-old Brendan is forbidden from traveling outside the walls of the medieval abbey Kells, an outpost under regular siege by Viking invaders. When a master illustrator of illuminated manuscripts shows up in Kells to seek refuge from the Vikings, Brendan is captivated by the treasure he has brought with him: a magical and ancient book of secrets. While his uncle is busy fortifying the walls to protect the town from the raiders, Brendan ventures off into the mysterious forest to aid Brother Aidan in completing the book. With the help of a fairy named Aislyn, Brendan races against time to save his town through the power of enlightenment. Nominated for an Oscar. In English. Recommended for ages 6 and up.
Showtime: Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 9:30 am, State Theatre Buy Tickets Now!
2009 | France | NR | 75 min.
From the imagination of Academy Award-nominated French animator Dominique Monfery comes this enchanting tale that celebrates the joy of reading. Nat has fond memories of his Aunt Eleanor reading to him from her library of enchantingstorybooks. But his inability to read keeps him from enjoying the book collection left to him by his late aunt, so his parents decide to sell the unwanted treasures to a shady antiques dealer. Just before the book buyer comes to collect, Nat discovers that the characters in Eleanor’s tomes come to life in the library, but will disappear forever if the enchanted books are removed! Nat must face the challenge of overcoming his weak reading skills with the help of classic literary characters like Alice in this rollicking modern-day fairytale. In English. Recommended for ages 5 and up.
Showtime: Saturday, July 31, 2010, 9:30 am, State Theatre Buy Tickets Now!