During All Star Week – Movies in the Park presents THE SANDLOT

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Baseball players are sometimes referred to as “The Boys of Summer.”  So it seems appropriate that during the MLB All Star week, the Movies in the Park has a movie about baseball in its purest form.

Movies in the Park continues its 15th season tonight with The Sandlot.

When Scottie Smalls moves to a new neighborhood, he manages to make friends with a group of kids who play baseball at the sandlot. Together they go on a series of funny and touching adventures. The boys run into trouble when Smalls borrows a ball from his stepdad that gets hit over a fence.

Families, picnics, and leashed pets are invited to the park to enjoy movies under the stars, but no glass containers. Don’t forget the bug spray! An adult must accompany all children under the age of 18 and an ID is required. Chaperoned youth, sports, church and other groups are welcome!

The First Security Amphitheater will open an hour before film showings (approx. 7:30) and movies with begin at sundown each week (approx. 8:30).

For more information about Movies in the Park and to see which films will feature live performances or other activities before the showings, visit www.rivermarket.info or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lrrivermarket

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THE GREATEST SHOWMAN on tap at tonight’s Movies in the Park

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Summer nights are the perfect escape from the hot days, especially when the River Market’s outdoor film series returns to the First Security Amphitheater.

Movies in the Park continues its 15th season tonight with The Greatest Showman.

P. T. Barnum dabbled in many careers and was rarely successful for long in any of them. This film tells the story of his rises and falls until he creates his famous circus, which later became part of the Ringling Brothers, Barnum, and Bailey Circus.

This 2017 movie stars Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Keala Settle, Sam Humphrey and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.  Benj Pasek and Justin Paul wrote the songs for it and received an Oscar nomination for “This Is Me.”

Families, picnics, and leashed pets are invited to the park to enjoy movies under the stars, but no glass containers. Don’t forget the bug spray! An adult must accompany all children under the age of 18 and an ID is required. Chaperoned youth, sports, church and other groups are welcome! The amphitheater will open an hour before film showings (approx. 7:30) and movies with begin at sundown each week (approx. 8:30).

For more information about Movies in the Park and to see which films will feature live performances or other activities before the showings, visit www.rivermarket.info or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lrrivermarket

APOLLO 13 is tonight’s Movies in the Park feature

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Summer nights are the perfect escape from the hot days, especially when the River Market’s outdoor film series returns to the First Security Amphitheater.

Movies in the Park continues its 15th season tonight with Apollo 13.

By the time the Apollo 13 mission launched in 1970, the United States had already landed on the moon, twice. The public was no longer hanging on every detail of the manned missions to the lunar surface or every rocket the United States put into orbit. However, that changed on April 14. Following the rupture of an on-board oxygen tank, the three-man crew was forced to abort their lunar landing and focus on getting home in one piece.

This 1995 movie stars Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris, and Kathleen Quinlan. It was directed by Ron Howard.  The film was nominated nine Academy Awards and won for Best Sound and Best Film Editing.

Families, picnics, and leashed pets are invited to the park to enjoy movies under the stars, but no glass containers. Don’t forget the bug spray! An adult must accompany all children under the age of 18 and an ID is required. Chaperoned youth, sports, church and other groups are welcome! The amphitheater will open an hour before film showings (approx. 7:30) and movies with begin at sundown each week (approx. 8:30).

For more information about Movies in the Park and to see which films will feature live performances or other activities before the showings, visit www.rivermarket.info or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lrrivermarket

Movies in the Park tonight – DUMB AND DUMBER

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Summer nights are the perfect escape from the hot days, especially when the River Market’s outdoor film series returns to the First Security Amphitheater.

Movies in the Park continues its 15th season tonight with DUMB AND DUMBER, now celebrating its 25th anniversary of the original release.

Imbecilic best friends Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) stumble across a suitcase full of money left behind in Harry’s car by Mary Swanson (Lauren Holly), who was on her way to the airport. The pair decide to go to Aspen, Colo., to return the money, unaware that it is connected to a kidnapping. As Harry and Lloyd — who has fallen in love with Mary — are pursued across the country by hired killers and police, they find both their friendship and their brains tested.

The film is directed by Peter Farrelly, who co-wrote the screenplay with Bobby Farrelly and Bennett Yellin.

Families, picnics, and leashed pets are invited to the park to enjoy movies under the stars, but no glass containers. Don’t forget the bug spray! An adult must accompany all children under the age of 18 and an ID is required. Chaperoned youth, sports, church and other groups are welcome! The amphitheater will open an hour before film showings (approx. 7:30) and movies with begin at sundown each week (approx. 8:30).

For more information about Movies in the Park and to see which films will feature live performances or other activities before the showings, visit www.rivermarket.info or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lrrivermarket

Movies in the Park features HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 3 tonight!

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Summer nights are the perfect escape from the hot days, especially when the River Market’s outdoor film series returns to the First Security Amphitheater.

Movies in the Park continues its 15th season tonight with HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 3. 

Hiccup and Toothless face a new and dangerous foe that is capable of enslaving and controlling dragons. Things take an unexpected turn when a new breed of dragon appears and puts Toothless in a difficult situation.

Special Guests will be the Witt Stephens Jr Central AR Nature Center who will bring their modern dragons (lizard) for a show and tell before the movie!

Prior to the screening, from 6pm to 7:30pm (while supplies last), UA Little Rock Downtown is offering free popcorn inside their new facility. Come and grab your free Pop Pop Shoppe popcorn at UA Little Rock Downtown before Movies in the Park!

Families, picnics, and leashed pets are invited to the park to enjoy movies under the stars, but no glass containers. Don’t forget the bug spray! An adult must accompany all children under the age of 18 and an ID is required. Chaperoned youth, sports, church and other groups are welcome! The amphitheater will open an hour before film showings (approx. 7:30) and movies with begin at sundown each week (approx. 8:30).

For more information about Movies in the Park and to see which films will feature live performances or other activities before the showings, visit www.rivermarket.info or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lrrivermarket

15th season of Movies in the Park starts with THOR: RAGNAROK

Thor Ragnarok poster.jpgSummer nights are the perfect escape from the hot days, especially when the River Market’s outdoor film series returns to the First Security Amphitheater.

This annual event returns for the 15th season on June 5. Every Wednesday at sundown in June and July, family and friends unroll their blankets and unfold their chairs to relax and enjoy award-winning films ranging from animated to action and everything between.

Tonight’s film is THOR: RAGNAROK (PG-13).

In this 2017 release, Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk, his former ally and fellow Avenger. Thor’s quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilization.

It stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, and Anthony Hopkins.

Prior to the screening, from 6pm to 7:30pm (while supplies last), UA Little Rock Downtown is offering free popcorn inside their new facility. Come and grab your free Pop Pop Shoppe popcorn at UA Little Rock Downtown before Movies in the Park!

Families, picnics, and leashed pets are invited to the park to enjoy movies under the stars, but no glass containers. Don’t forget the bug spray! An adult must accompany all children under the age of 18 and an ID is required. Chaperoned youth, sports, church and other groups are welcome! The amphitheater will open an hour before film showings (approx. 7:30) and movies with begin at sundown each week (approx. 8:30).

For more information about Movies in the Park and to see which films will feature live performances or other activities before the showings, visit www.rivermarket.info or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lrrivermarket

Movies in the River suggested lineup

Movies in the Park returns this week to Riverfront Park. (More on that later).

But should the flooding continue for many more weeks, perhaps they should consider changing the lineup for 2019 to a Movies in the River.

Here are some suggestions:

  • THE RIVER (1984) – Sissy Spacek and Mel Gibson play a Tennessee farm couple trying to save their farm from a flood.
  • A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT. (1992) – Brad Pitt and Tom Skerritt fly fish in a river through dreamy gauzy cinematography.
  • MYSTIC RIVER (2003) – Mystery film which netted Oscars for Sean Penn and Tim Robbins.
  • FROZEN RIVER (2008) – Bleak Oscar nominated movie starring Melissa Leo
  • THE RIVER WILD (1994) – Meryl Streep’s entry into the action flick genre. Also her link to six degrees of Kevin Bacon
  • THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (1957) – Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins and Sessue Hayakawa. Guinness at his most Guinness deservedly wins the Oscar while Holden spends part of the film shirtless.
  • RIVER’S EDGE (1986) – Keanu Reeves, Crispin Glover and Ione Skye. Is that a 1980s film cast or what?

 

A score-related mini-festival

  • WORKING GIRL (1988) – “Let the River Run”
  • THE MUSIC MAN (1962) – “Ya Got Trouble (Right Here in River City)”
  • SHOW BOAT (1936 or 1951) – “Old Man River”
  • BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S (1961) – “Moon River”

 

There could even be an entire John Wayne min-festival:

  • RED RIVER (1948) – John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Walter Brennan, and Joann Dru. Produced and directed by Howard Hawks with gorgeous cinematography.
  • RIO GRANDE (1950) – John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara spar in a John Ford film. But this one is not set in Ireland.
  • RIO BRAVO (1959) – John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Angie Dickinson, Walter Brennan, Ward Bond and Claude Akins in a Howard Hawks film.
  • RIO LOBO (1970) – John Wayne’s first film after TRUE GRIT. Howard Hawks’ final film.