Come on out with family and friends to see the free movie, MINIONS, in Ann Arbor at the Rackham Stage on June 12, 2016. This movie is part of the The Ann Arbor Summer Festival’s 2016 Cinema Series, which feature film screenings will be held at dusk (10 pm) at the admission free Top of the Park. Films are projected on a gigantic inflatable screen with a robust sound system allowing visitors to enjoy the film from a variety of vantage points. Chair and lawn seating is available. Popcorn, beverages, and other concessions are available at nearby festival vendors. All screenings are free and open to the public.
2016 Feature Presentations
Minions – June 12, 2016
(2015, PG, 91 minutes)
In this prequel to Despicable Me, protective leader Kevin, teenage rebel Stuart, and lovable little Bob make a hilarious and exciting trip around the world to find a new villain boss to serve. Their adventures lead them to Villain Con, where Scarlet Overkill, the world’s first woman super villain, becomes their boss. Are they in danger or are they just the right ones to help her take over the world?
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – June 14, 2016 – 30th Anniversary Screening
(1986, PG-13, 103 minutes)
Celebrate the 30th anniversary of this classic John Hughes ’80s comedy starring Matthew Broderick as Ferris Bueller, the clever and “devastatingly handsome” teenager who takes the day off school to prove “you can never go too far.” Twist and shout as Ferris and his friends take on downtown Chicago in a red Ferrari, all the while trying to outsmart and outrun Dean Rooney.
The Martian – June 15, 2016
(2015, PG-13, 140 minutes)
When astronauts blast off from the planet Mars, they leave behind Mark Watney (Matt Damon), presumed dead after a fierce storm. With only a meager amount of supplies, the stranded visitor must utilize his wits and spirit to find a way to survive on the hostile planet. Meanwhile, back on Earth, members of NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring him home, while his crewmates hatch their own plan for a daring rescue mission. This visually fascinating action adventure from director Ridley Scott features Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.
Brooklyn – June 16, 2016
(2015, PG-13, 112 minutes)
Saoirse Ronan stars in the profoundly moving story of Eilis Lacey, a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. After landing in New York City, her homesickness quickly diminishes when a fresh romance with an Italian plumber sweeps her off her feet. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and she must choose between two men, two countries and the lives that exist within. Based on a book by Colm Toibin, with screenplay by Nick Hornby, and nominated for three Oscars.
Labyrinth – June 19, 2016 – 30th Anniversary Screening
(1986, PG, 101 minutes)
Return to the dazzling world of fantasy and adventure created by Jim Henson and George Lucas, and feel the love for master of surprises David Bowie as he lights up our big screen playing the unforgettable Goblin King. Labyrinth is an 80’s cult classic that conjures the uncanny tale of teenage Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) journeying through a maze to recover her baby brother (Toby Froud) from the Goblin King. From Bowie’s musical theater to Henson’s puppetry, this is a showcase of 80’s creativity the whole family will fall for.
The Imitation Game – June 21, 2016
(2014, PG-13, 150 minutes)
In this powerful true story, and Academy Award winner for best adapted screenplay, the British are desperate to intercept German intelligence in 1939 as bombs are being dropped on London. MI6 enlists the young genius logician, cryptanalyst, and computer science pioneer Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to crack the German Enigma Code that can help the Allies win WWII. Turing and his team, including Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley), defy the odds and building a code breaking machine, becoming heroes, but in 1952, the quiet genius Alan Turing is prosecuted by the British government for being a homosexual.
Rear Window – June 22, 2016
(1954, N/R 112 minutes)
James Stewart stars as a homebound newspaper photographer with a keen eye for the sordid lives of the neighbors he can see through his rear window. When Stewart thinks he sees a murder, he decides to solve the crime himself. With the help of his girlfriend, screen siren Grace Kelly, and his nurse he tries to catch the murderer without being killed himself. Enjoy this classic Hitchcock thriller among the gasps of a generation of festivalgoers who’ve never seen it before!
Amélie – June 23, 2016
(2001, R, 129 minutes)
Amélie is a whimsical love letter to the city of Paris. The charming Audrey Tautou is Amélie, a fanciful young woman who discretely orchestrates the intertwined lives of the people around her, illuminating a world of her own making. Shot with rich cinematography in over 80 Parisian locations, acclaimed director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (“Delicatessen,” “The City of Lost Children”) invokes his incomparable visionary style to capture the exquisite charm and mystery of modern day Paris through the eyes of a beautiful ingenue. Leave Top of the Park humming Yann Tiersen, floating on air.
The Sandlot – June 26, 2016
(1993, PG, 101 minutes)
This is the perfect summer baseball movie told from the perspective of Scotty Smalls, a baseball announcer reminiscing about his first summer as a boy in Los Angeles, 1962. Scotty was just the shrimpy new kid who didn’t know how to play ball until the neighborhood baseball guru Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez took him under his wing, bringing him into a circle of baseball buddies. The boys fall into adventures involving treehouse sleep-ins, the pretty lifeguard at the local pool, the snooty rival ball team, and a ferocious dog named “The Beast” who eats their Babe Ruth-signed baseball. Join us for a family-friendly comedy that will bring out the kid in all of us.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade – June 28, 2016
(1989, PG-13, 127 minutes)
Indulge in some high action adventure from George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. Harrison Ford stars as Indiana Jones, an ingenious archaeologist who has been tapped to search for the Holy Grail. He learns that another archaeologist has disappeared while searching for the precious goblet, and the missing man is his own father, Dr. Henry Jones (Sean Connery). Working from his father’s notebook, Indy follows a trail from America to the watery catacombs beneath Venice, and then to the deserts of the Holy Land, where he must vie with Nazis for the Holy Grail.
Clueless – June 29, 2016
(1995, PG-13, 110 minutes)
This classic teen comedy from the director of Fast Times at Ridgemont High takes a cue from Jane Austen’sEmma to satirize Beverly Hills High in the nineties. Shallow, rich, and popular Cher (Alicia Silverstone) is queen of the social scene, obsessed with shopping, driving her new Jeep, and maintaining a roster of friends with plastic surgery. Interested in making a change for the better, she becomes a matchmaker for her teachers and a personal stylist for klutzy new student Tai (Brittany Murphy). When Tai becomes more popular than she is, Cher realizes that her disapproving ex-stepbrother (Paul Rudd) was right about how misguided she was—and falls for him.
Jurassic World – June 30, 2016
(2015, PG-13, 124 minutes)
Steven Spielberg and Michael Crichton’s groundbreaking Jurassic Park series continues with this epic action adventure set in the Jurassic World luxury resort in Costa Rica. When the massive genetically engineered Indominus rex escapes, suspense is high as the island is overrun by ferocious dinosaurs. Now, it’s up to a former military man and animal expert (Chris Pratt) to use his specialized skills to save two young brothers and the rest of the tourists from an all-out, prehistoric assault.
West Side Story – July 3, 2016
(1961, N/R 152 minutes)
Get pretty, oh so pretty!—and arrive to So Long Sunday dressed as your favorite character from this beloved Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim musical. When Puerto Rican Maria falls for tough guy Tony in this modern day Romeo and Juliet, their families’ New York City gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, begin a deadly feud. A rumble under the highway unfolds as the young Maria and Tony fall in love despite racial tensions. Practice your snaps and your Jerome Robbins moves, and sing along to America, I Feel Pretty, Officer Krupke, and Somewhere, as the final sun sets on another fantastic season of the best thing about summer in Ann Arbor.
The Ann Arbor Summer Festival is an exhilarating celebration of performing arts, outdoor entertainment, and community spirit. An international arts gathering in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the nearly four-week festival offers an array of ticketed and free events, both indoors and out, featuring a progressive mix of local, national, and international artists.
Presenting over 150 events each season and attracting a diverse audience of more than 80,000 people, the festival continues to grow and is a leading multi-arts celebration that enriches the cultural, economic, and social vitality of the region.
The festival’s 33rd season of Top of the Park runs 6 nights per week, from June 10 – July 3, 2016. For more information, visit the festival website at www.a2sf.org or download the free festival mobile app.[/vc_column_text]