Summer Fun Guide: Outdoor movies


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Indianapolis has quite the options for outdoor movie-going this summer, thanks to Indy Parks and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Admission, when it isn't free, is nominal and most of the films are family-friendly. So pack a picnic, grab a blanket and get ready to be transported to places where superheroes, princesses, spies, baseball lovers, stoned teenagers and aliens from outer space run rampant.

June 5: Bourne Identity (2002)? IMA

Loosely based on Robert Ludlum's novel of the same name, this action thriller stars Matt Damon as title character and amnesiac spy Jason Bourne. First in the series that has since spawned several successful sequels.

June 5: Madagascar 2 (2005) Southeastway Park

Central Park Zoo animals that have spent their lives in blissful captivity are unexpectedly shipped back to Africa, getting shipwrecked on the island of Madagascar. Featuring the voices of Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, Chris Rock and David Schwimmer. Also at Holliday Park Aug. 1.

June 6: Ironman (2008) Watkins Park

Based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, the film stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, a billionaire industrialist and master engineer who builds a powered exoskeleton and becomes the technologically advanced superhero Iron Man. Directed by Jon Favreau.

June 12: Roman Holiday (1953)? IMA

Audrey Hepburn's first American break-out screen role and the one that won her an Academy Award, co-starring Gregory Peck and Eddie Albert. Directed and produced by the legendary William Wyler. Hepburn plays a rebellious princess who longs for, and gets, a taste of Rome as every girls dreams it.

June 13: Sandlot (1993) Ellenberger Park

Odds are you've seen this one a million times, but that's why it's so good. The story of a young baseball team told through the perspective of Scotty Smalls, who is reminiscing on his first summer in Los Angeles circa 1962. (Look for Denis Leary as one of the parents.)

June 19: High Fidelity (2000)? IMA

One of the best films ever about the love of music and the winner of the IMA's Music Poll. Based on the novel by Nick Hornsby and starring John Cusack, the plot centers on Rob Gordon (Cusack), a self-confessed audiophile whose flair for understanding women is less than par for the course.

June 20: Marley and Me (2008) Brookside Park

It really is a dog's life, all 14 years of it, from start to finish. And by finish, we mean the dog dies. Starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston. Also at Northwestway Park June 27, Perry Park July 10, Highland Park Aug. 8 and Juan Solomon Park Aug. 15.

June 26: Field of Dreams (1989)? IMA

You know, "If you build it, they will come." Directed and adapted by Phil Alden Robinson from the novel Shoeless Joe by W. P. Kinsella. The movie stars Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, Gaby Hoffmann, Ray Liotta, Timothy Busfield, James Earl Jones, Frank Whaley and Burt Lancaster in his last film appearance.

July 3: Goonies (1985)? IMA

Another classic from your childhood. A band of kids from the "Goon Docks" neighborhood of Astoria, Ore., hoping to save their homes from demolition, go on an adventure to find the buried treasure of One-Eyed Willy, a legendary 17th century pirate. Adapted from a story by executive producer Steven Spielberg.

July 10: Fight Club (1999)? IMA

Chosen as the IMA Lights, Camera, Action Flick poll winner, Fight Club is the adaptation of the 1996 novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk. The story follows a nameless protagonist (Edward Norton), an everyman and an unreliable narrator who feels trapped with his white-collar position in society. That is, until he meets soap salesman Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt).

July 17: Spiderman 3 (2007) Garfield Park MacAllister Center

Third in the movie series based on the Marvel Comics character. This time Peter Parker is taking on Harry Osborn, Flint Marko and Eddie Brock Jr. Starring Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace and Bryce Dallas Howard.

July 24: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)? IMA

Undeniably one of the best movie-going experiences you'll ever have, even if you have it over and over again. The longest running theatrical release in film history, this cult classic introduces Tim Curry and features Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick as Dr. Frank N. Furter and the helpless/hapless couple Janet (dammit) and Brad. Midnight showing; gates open at 10 p.m.

July 31: Gilda (1946)? IMA

The quintessential film noir, replete with high contrast black and white cinematography and femme fatale Rita Hayworth. Directed by Charles Vidor, it also stars Glenn Ford and features several lavish dance numbers.

July 31: Daredevil (2003) Garfield Park MacAllister Center

Ben Affleck is Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer who fights for justice in the courtroom - and out of the courtroom as the masked vigilante Daredevil. Jennifer Garner plays his love interest Elektra Natchios, Colin Farrell plays the merciless assassin Bullseye and Michael Clarke Duncan plays Wilson Fisk, also known as the crime lord Kingpin.

Aug. 7: Hustle & Flow (2005)? IMA

With a little help from his friends, Memphis hustler DJay, played by Terrence Howard, finds himself in a midlife crisis and tries to make the move from petty thief and petty pimp to hip-hop superstar before it's too late. Howard won the Best Actor Oscar for this role, as did Three 6 Mafia for Best Original Song.

Aug. 14: Dazed & Confused (1993)? IMA

The official Cult Classic poll winner in the IMA series, this film is good for more reasons than we've got room to list. Start with the movie's large ensemble cast featuring a number of future stars, including Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Parker Posey, Anthony Rapp, Adam Goldberg and Joey Lauren Adams. Directed by Richard Linklater, the film depicts a group of teenagers during the final day of the 1976 school year.

Aug. 21: V for Vendetta (2005)? IMA

Natalie Portman stars as Evey Hammond, Hugo Weaving as V, Stephen Rea as Inspector Finch and John Hurt as Chancellor Sutler. While critics and movie-goers found much to praise, original author Alan Moore wasn't too pleased that filmmakers removed many of the anarchist themes and drug references present in the original story and altered the political message in order to be more "relevant."

Aug. 28: Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)?

The classically bad science fiction/horror film written, produced and directed by Edward D. Wood Jr., featuring Gregory Walcott, Mona McKinnon, Tor Johnson and Maila "Vampira" Nurmi. The film also claims to posthumously star Bela Lugosi through use of footage of the actor shot by Wood just before Lugosi's death in 1956.


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