Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Pick the Flicks for NoMa Summer Screen

Photo by Sam Kittner (from the NoMa BID newsletter)

There's a fine list of films on the list of candidates for this year's NoMa Summer Screen, and you can vote for your top ten. Many of these are films that have been shown at past Summer Screens, and brought out big crowds (movies like "The Princess Bride" and "Jurassic Park"). The complete list appears below, and you can vote for your favorites. This year's theme is Choose Your Own Adventure, so all of the possibilities are pretty action-packed. Summer Screen runs from June 1st to August 24th. All movies feature closed captions.  As in years past, Summer Screen is a free outdoor movie series that also includes music, food trucks, picnicking, giveaways, and more at Storey Park  (1005 First Street).

108 DEGREES SOUTH: (PG) The film follows adventurer Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic 1968 journey of his heroes Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia. (2010)

ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING: (PG-13) A babysitter must leave her safe suburban surroundings and head for the heart of the big city to rescue a stranded friend, unaware of the perilous adventures that await her and the kids she’s looking after who have tagged along. (1987)

APOLLO 13: (PG) NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy. (1995)

BILL & TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE: (PG) Two seemingly dumb teens struggle to prepare a historical presentation with the help of a time machine. (1989)

BREAKING AWAY: (PG) A small-town boy obsessed with the Italian cycling team vies for the affections of a college girl. (1979)

E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL: (PG) A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home-world. (1982)

FAST FIVE: (PG-13) Dominic Toretto and his crew of street racers plan a massive heist to buy their freedom while in the sights of a powerful Brazilian drug lord and a dangerous federal agent. (2011)

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: (PG-13) A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe. (2014)

INDIANA JONES: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK: (PG) Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the US government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. (1981)

INTO THE WOODS: (PG) A witch tasks a childless baker and his wife with procuring magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse the curse put on their family tree. (2014)

JUMANJI: (PG) When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped for decades in it and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game. (1995)

JURASSIC PARK: (PG-13) During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok. (1993)

LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER: (PG-13) Video game adventuress Lara Croft comes to life in a movie where she races against time and villains to recover powerful ancient artifacts. (2001)

MEN IN BLACK: (PG-13) A police officer joins a secret organization that polices and monitors extra terrestrial interactions on planet earth. (1997)

O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?: (PG-13) In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them. (2000)

PEE WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE: (PG) When eccentric man-child Pee-Wee Herman gets his beloved bike stolen in broad daylight, he sets out across the U.S. on the adventure of his life. (1985)

ROMANCING THE STONE: (PG) A romance writer sets off to Colombia to ransom her kidnapped sister, and soon finds herself in the middle of a dangerous adventure. (1984)

STAR TREK: (PG-13) The brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father’s legacy with Commander Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful, time-traveling Romulan creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time. (2009)

THE KARATE KID: (PG) Work causes a single mother to move to China with her young son; in his new home, the boy embraces kung fu, taught to him by a master. (2014)

THE PRINCESS BRIDE: (PG) While home sick in bed, a young boy’s grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride. (1987)

THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY: (PG) When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined. (2013)

LIFE OF PI: (PG) A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger. (2012)

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