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Favorite summer movies offered as Cinemark Reel Classics series

July 4, 2013

YellowBrix

July 04--Cinemark is continuing its Reel Classics series, bringing popular films back to the big screen.

June found Reel Classics paying tribute to four films by director Steven Spielberg.

The next six weeks finds Reel Classics doing a credible job of choosing movies that were summer favorites in the 1970s and 1980s.

With the exception of summer romance "Dirty Dancing," Cinemark focused on comedies and musical comedies.

Each film will be shown at 2 p.m. on a Sunday, followed by repeat screenings at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on the following Wednesday. All showings areat Cinemark's Movies 16.

Confirmed titles:

--Sunday, July 7, and Wednesday, July 10, sing-along version of 1978 musical "Grease," directed by Randal Kleiser. Stars John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing and Jeff Conaway. Frankie Avalon is Teen Angel, and Sha Na Na was cast as Johnny Casino & The Gamblers.

--July 14 and 17, "Back to the Future," hit 1985 comedy directed by Robert Zemeckis and produced by Steven Spielberg. Stars Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly and Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown, inventor of the "flux capacitor" and a time machine that looks like a 1981 DeLorean. Co-stars Lea Thompson and Crispin Glover. The highest grossing film of 1985, President Ronald Reagan quoted the film in a speech, saying, "Where we're going, we don't need roads." When he first saw the film's joke about his becoming president, he ordered the theater's projectionist to stop the movie, back it up and run that scene again.

--July 21 and 24, "National Lampoon's Animal House," now classic 1978 film comedy directed by John Landis. Stars John Belushi, Tim Matheson, Karen Allen, Kevin Bacon, Peter Riegert and Tom Hulce. The film cost less than $3 million, and Roger Ebert eventually would call it one of the year's best movies. Inspired toga parties. Belushi inspired by asking, "Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?"

--July 28 and 31, "American Grafitti," 1973 film comedy directed by George Lucas. Inspired by post-World War II "cruising" and arrival of rock 'n' roll. Nominated for Best Picture at Academy Awards. ("The Sting" would win.) Stars Ron Howard, Cindy Williams, Richard Dreyfuss, Paul Le Mat, Mackenzie Phillips, Charles Martin Smith (as Terry "the Toad"), Candy Clark, Harrison Ford and Wolfman Jack.

--Aug. 4 and 7, "Ghostbusters," 1984 comedy directed by Ivan Reitman. Stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis. Murray was cast in the lead role of Peter Venkman after the death of Belushi. Ebert wrote, "Rarely has a film this expensive provided so many quotable lines." Example: "He slimed me."

--Aug. 11 and 14, "Dirty Dancing," hit 1987 movie directed by Emile Ardolino. Stars Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach and Cynthia Rhodes. The first film to sell more than a million copies on home video, and the first feature directed by Ardolino. It was choreographed by Kenny Ortega, who was trained by Gene Kelly. One critic referred to its popularity as "the equivalent of 'Star Wars' for girls." A critical success, although Ebert kept his thumb down because of the "idiotic plot."

The ticket price at 2 p.m. Sundays and Wednesdays is $6.25 for adults and $6 for children and seniors age 62 and older. The 7 p.m. ticket price on Wednesdays is $8.50 for the general public, and $6 for children and seniors age 62 and older.

Movie fans have until Wednesday, July 10, to buy a series ticket, good for one admission to all six movies, for $30.

Call 796-2804 for more information.

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