June 15 Victor/Victoria, PG, 1982, 132 mins.
Starring: Julie Andrews, Robert Preston, and James Garner
The story of a down-and-out singer (Julie Andrews) who, while masquerading as a male performer, becomes the toast of the Paris cabaret scene in the 1930’s, much to the delight of her mentor (Robert Preston) and to the dismay of her potential suitor (James Garner). Also stars former UI football standout Alex Karras.
June 22 Ice Age, PG, 2002, 81 mins.
Voices starring: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, and Denis Leary
Twenty thousand years ago, the Earth is overrun by freezing temperatures in an Ice Age that is sending all manner of critters scattering in the path of encroaching glaciers. When a lost human infant is discovered, an unlikely quartet of misfits forms to return it to its mother: Manny, a depressed woolly mammoth (Ray Romano); Sid, a fast-talking sloth (John Leguizamo); an acorn-crazed squirrel named Scrat (Wedge); and the devilish saber-toothed tiger named Diego (Denis Leary). Before they can complete their mission, the reluctant compatriots will brave pits of boiling lava, dangerous caverns of ice, and even a traitorous plot within their midst.
June 29 The Help, PG-13, 2011, 146 mins.
Pre-movie performance by the Iowa City Community Band
Starring: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, and Octavia Spencer
Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, Skeeter is a southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends' lives -- and a small Mississippi town -- upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Aibileen, Skeeter's best friend's housekeeper, is the first to open up -- to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community. Despite Skeeter's life-long friendships hanging in the balance, she and Aibileen continue their collaboration and soon more women come forward to tell their stories -- and as it turns out, they have a lot to say.
July 13 Real Genius, PG, 1985, 108 mins.
Starring: Val Kilmer, Gabriel Jarret, Michelle Meyrink
Mitch (Gabriel Jarret) is one of the youngest students ever accepted to a university known for its programs for geniuses. He's partnered up with his roommate, science club legend Chris Knight, on a project to develop a high-powered laser. Together with their hyper-kinetic friends, they employ their intellects in the pursuit of bigger blasts, practical jokes, and a deeper understanding of what real genius is. When their final, functional laser is stolen by their teacher for a military weapon, they decide to get even.
July 20 Vertigo, PG, 1958, 128 mins.
Starring: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes
To say VERTIGO finds Hitchcock at his most obsessive, his most perverse, and his sexual best, doesn’t even begin to convey how haunting this film is, or how bizarre. Nor does it convey Hitchcock’s passionate style and the way he defies logic working in a much riskier manner than usual. A retired police detective (James Stewart) must overcome vertigo and his obsession for a friend’s wife (Kim Novak) in this eerie tale of passion.
July 27 Hairspray, PG, 2007, 117 mins.
Starring: Zac Efron, John Travolta, Nikki Blonsky, Queen Latifah, Christopher Walken
In this screen version of the Broadway play Tracy Turnblad is a heavy weight teenager with huge hair who is obsessed with Link Larken on the Corny Collins Show. She sings and dances her way into his heart and onto the show. However, she decides that the segregation of the show is not fair so she and her friends fight to integrate the show.
Aug. 3 Lincoln, PG-13, 2012, 150 mins.
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn
As the Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield and as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves. This film chronicles the President's time in office between 1861 and 1865 as he dealt with personal demons and politics during the Civil War.
Aug. 10 DOUBLE FEATURE NIGHT!
The Princess Bride, PG, 1987, 98 mins.
Starring: Robin Wright Penn, Chris Sarandon, Mandy Patinkin, Christopher Guest
The most beautiful woman in the world, Buttercup (Robin Wright Penn), gets engaged to the cruel Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon) after she hears that her true love, Westley, was killed by the Dread Pirate Roberts. But before the wedding, she's kidnapped by a huge man with enormous strength (Andre the Giant), a master swordsman (Mandy Patinkin), and an evil genius (Wallace Shawn). When they're both captured by the prince and his six-fingered henchman, Count Rugen (Christopher Guest), they discover that not even death can get in the way of true love.
16 to Life, NR, 2009, 100 mins.
Starring: Hallee Hirsch, Theresa Russel, Shiloh Fernandez, Mandy Musgrave
Kate (Hallee Hirsch) is the never-been-kissed teen in an Iowa resort town that's economically depressed except during the summer tourist season. Stuck working at the local fast-food stand/beauty parlor on her birthday, she plays matchmaker to others while fretting over her own lack of romantic prospects. It was filmed primarily in McGregor, Iowa and premiered in 2009 at the Landlocked Film Festival. Written and directed by Iowan Becky Smith.
Aug. 17 Monsters Inc., G, 2001, 92 mins.
Voices starring: John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi
This animated feature from the creators of Toy Story shows us the life behind the scenes of things that go bump in the night. The big, blue and fuzzy James P. Sullivan (Goodman) and his opinionated, one-eyed roommate Mike Wzowski (Crystal) are two professional “scare specialists” Their job is to harness the energy created when they make little kids scream. This energy is bottled and keeps their society going. When they accidentally let a young girl named Boo into their world behind the closets and under the beds, it throws their life into chaos. Boo finds out that the monsters are more scared of her than she is of them.
Aug. 22 (Thursday) The Hunger Games, PG-13, 2012, 142 mins.
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, John Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson
In a not-too-distant future, North America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss' young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.