Film

'CELEBRATE BROOKLYN!'
Prospect Park Bandshell, 9th Street and Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, 718-855-7882, celebratebrooklyn.org

July 8PRODIGAL SON (Sammo Hung, 1982) With DJ IXL and DJ Excess scratching an original score.

July 21PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Rupert Julian, 1925) Live score by the Alloy Orchestra. Still the only version of Gaston Leroux's Gothic-lit romance worth watching, thanks to silent film's primitive likeness to the historical silliness of the story and Lon Chaney's Herculean achievements in self-torture. ATKINSON

July 29THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Robert Wise, 1965)

August 4TARZAN THE APE MAN (W.S. Van Dyke, 1932) Live score by Mocean Worker.


'MOVIES UNDER THE STARS'
Pier A Park, 1st Street and Sinatra Drive, Hoboken, New Jersey, 201-420-2207

June 1GARDEN STATE (Zach Braff, 2004) Best-known for his role as a retarded quarterback, anhedonic actor-waiter Andrew "Large" Largeman (Zach Braff) comes home to New Jersey for his mom's funeral. Why hasn't he spoken to his folks in nine years—and what's with all the mood stabilizers? Braff's triple threat has a patient way with information. The tragic backstory fills in gradually, and the slow reveal feels accurate rather than merely suspenseful. Then there are the goofier, permanent gaps: After an evening of detached debauchery, Large finds "BALLS" inexplicably Magic Markered on his forehead. PARK

June 8BRIDGET JONES: THE EDGE OF REASON(Beeban Kidron, 2004)

June 15SUPER SIZE ME (Morgan Spurlock, 2004) Appetite suppressant, frat boy stunt, and anti-corporate head butt, Spurlock's self-starring documentary records the amusingly horrifying consequences of the director's 30-day McDonald's-only diet. The film, which exerts the gross-out fascination of reality TV's muckier specimens, has nothing new to say about America's fast-food addiction and obesity epidemic, but there's no denying its grotesque effectiveness as a work of public health advocacy. Fighting grease with grease, it's a film that has its severely taxed heart in the right place. LIM

June 22HOTEL RWANDA(Terry George, 2004)

June 29THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES (Walter Salles, 2004)

July 6SPIDERMAN 2 (Sam Raimi, 2004)

July 13 THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Joel Schumacher, 2004)

July 20MILLION DOLLAR BABY (Clint Eastwood, 2004)

July 27THE AVIATOR(Martin Scorsese, 2004) Scorsese, our foremost moviemaking cinephile, cannonballs into old Hollywood to tell the story of one Howard Hughes, billionaire, briber, star fucker, plane crasher, occasional movie producer, and all-around neurotic shit storm. Gigantic, blustery, and stuffed with cameoed details (Cate Blanchett's riff on Katharine Hepburn makes her the dead legend's avatar), it's a biopic paradigm—and an American-dream-gone-rancid tale bidding to complement Raging Bull. ATKINSON

August 3FINDING NEVERLAND (Marc Forster, 2004) Johnny Depp gives an unusually subdued performance as J.M. Barrie, who in befriending a young widow (Kate Winslet) and her four sons, received the inspiration for his 1905 play Peter Pan. Inhabiting a green, empty England in endless Edwardian summer, Marc Forster's first film since Monster's Ball raises all manner of red flags with its surfeit of loaded themes—beatifying illness, bereft children, escapist fantasy, the enshrining of boyhood—but overall practices a tasteful restraint. WINTER

August 10HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN (Alfonso Cuarón, 2004)

August 17SHARK TALE (Bibo Bergeron, Vickey Jenson & Rob Letterman, 2004)

August 24SHREK 2 (Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury & Conrad Vernon, 2004)

August 31ROBOTS (Chris Wedge & Carlos Saldanha, 2005)


'RIVER FLICKS'
July 6-August 26, Pier 54, West 13th Street and West Side Highway; and Pier 25, North Moore Street and West Side Highway, 212-533-PARK, hudsonriverpark.org

PIER 54

July 6SLACKERS (Dewey Nicks, 2002)

July 13BILL AND TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE (Stephen Herek, 1989)

July 20THE BIG LEBOWSKI(Joel Coen, 1998) Perfectly stylized and pleasingly discombobulated, this Coen brothers jape is rich with comic cameos, albeit drawing heavily on Jeff Bridges's charm as a Kahlúa-swilling old hippie introduced shopping for munchies in a flannel bathrobe. The Big Lebowskiintermittently references The Big Sleep but this wacky series of L.A. adventures featuring a stoned slacker as a surrogate Philip Marlowe is pure pop rumination—so relaxed as to be nearly free-associative. HOBERMAN

July 27UP IN SMOKE(Lou Adler, 1978)

August 3CLERKS (Kevin Smith, 1994)

August 10ANIMAL HOUSE (John Landis, 1978)

August 17FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (Cameron Crowe, 1982) The seminal, over-fondly-remembered brat pack fave, notable today only as Sean Penn's first big blip on the cultural scan, and for Phoebe Cates's generation-traumatizing nude scene. ATKINSON

August 24DAZED AND CONFUSED (Richard Linklater, 1993) No less structuralist than Slacker—expressing a fierce muddle of memories rather than a rambling paranoia—this mini-masterpiece about 1970s Texas high school kids inhabiting their self-defined universe is one of the most rewatchable films of its decade, capturing its time and place with anthropological care. ATKINSON


PIER 25

July 8DADDY DAY CARE (Steve Carr, 2003)

July 15WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (Mel Stuart, 1971)

July 22BACK TO THE FUTURE (Robert Zemeckis, 1985)

July 29THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIE (Stephen Hillenburg, 2004) No Pixar? No problem! An unstoppable good-mood generator, this resolutely 2-D vehicle has more yuks than Shark Tale and enough soul to swallow The Polar Express whole. It's a kids' movie that deigns to understand what kids want to see—hysterical amplifications of kid-like behavior and the making fun of oldsters, rather than the pop-cult winking and cruddy nostalgia that said oldsters presumably favor. To wit: When King Neptune (Jeffrey Tambor) discloses his shiny pate, onlookers shriek, "Bald! Bald!" and "My eyes!" PARK

August 5ELLA ENCHANTED (Tommy O'Haver, 2004)

August 12 THE IRON GIANT (Brad Bird, 1999) One of the most thoughtful animated fables in the American canon, this Cold War-set, Ted Hughes-derived tale about an inexplicable defense-reflex robot and a (naturally) fatherless boy has, at least, a stirring final 10 minutes that erase memory of decades of Disney. ATKINSON

August 19SHARK TALE(Bibo Bergeron, Vickey Jenson & Rob Letterman, 2004)

August 26HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN(Alfonso Cuarón, 2004) The Hogwarts territory being familiar, well-trod, and surprise-free, Cuarón's mild upkick in pacing and texture makes this the best of a lumbering franchise; the consults to Mike Leigh's Rolodex only help as well. ATKINSON


'SOCRATES SCULPTURE PARK/MOVING IMAGE FILM AND MUSIC FESTIVAL'
Socrates Sculpture Park, Vernon Boulevard and Broadway, Long Island City, Queens, 718-956-1819, socratessculpturepark.org

July 6-August 31Outdoor screenings every Wednesday.

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