Movies Under the Stars Blog
Hard to believe, but we’re past Canada Day and into the second week of summer already! The weather hasn’t been the best, but we’re a hardy outdoor bunch, aren’t we?
What’s a little unsettled weather when you can enjoy a free movie in the great outdoors! Every Thursday night from July 11 through August 15 (rain date will be the Aug. 22), Tim Hortons presents Movies Under the Stars. This outdoor movie series is open to everyone and not only do we have great movies lined up again this summer, but Tim Hortons is also offering a chance for you to win The Best Seats in the House! So, how do you win these coveted seats, you ask? Well, let me tell you:
- Follow @Burl_ParksRec or @BurlEvents on Twitter (if you’re not already...).
- Watch for our tweet/retweet announcing the Tim Hortons store where the Golden Ticket is for that week’s movie
- Go to this Tim Hortons and ask for the Golden Ticket. If you’re the first one there, the Golden Ticket will be yours
- Go to that week’s Movies Under the Stars and present your Golden Ticket to the Burlington Events Staff (look for our rad van – we’re usually close by...) and you will enjoy The Best Seats in the House (which is actually the best seat in the park for the movie, but you knew that right!?). Your seating for the evening includes:
· Reserved front row seats
· 4 chairs for you & your family/group
· 4 blankets to use & take home
· Pillows… because who doesn’t love to get cozy while watching a movie?!
· and a cooler filled with drinks & snacks to devour and/or take home
So, what movies are we showing you ask, and are they any good? Take a look at our line up:
This animated feature offers a twist on the age old belief that humans are afraid of monsters. Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) operates a hotel so monsters can get away from the everyday stresses of dealing with humans. This feel good movie offers a teenaged heroine (Selina Gomez) wanting to explore the outside world, an over protective dad who doesn’t want her to and a surprise love interest (Andy Samburg).
I recently saw Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Rodrick Rules with our resident movie critic (12 year old Zac). He loves these books (note: he’s more of a video game guy than a bookworm) and thought the movie was a good representation. High praise coming from him. Anyway, in this lastest Wimpy movie, Greg has big plans for an awesome summer, which if you know Greg, of course don’t pan out and hilarity ensues! I’ve heard that the young actors who play Greg and Roderick do a great job and that Steve Zahn as their dad is a riot as he reacts to all their shenanigans.
The Chipmunks and Chippettes are back and in trouble again, of course...Poor Dave just wants to relax on a Cruise but Alvin has other plans. See what happens when they find themselves overboard and washed ashore on a deserted island, which might not be so deserted after all. Some funny references – see if you notice the spoof on Cast Away.
So, The Croods are just your average family except they’re the first “civilized” family ever. Their home is destroyed and they need to find a new one. Amazing voice cast including Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, and Ryan Reynolds . Some have said this is even educational since there are prehistorical references that are pretty accurate. And it must have done well at the box office as a sequel has been announced for 2017!
If you loved the original Wizard of Oz movie, reunite with the characters in the fantastical prequel from Disney. Oscar (Oz for short) is played by James Franco who starts out as lowly magician. His adventure takes him to Oz where he meets three witches, played by Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, and Michelle Williams. At over two hours, and with some parts that may be too scary for young ones, I recommend this for older children with a good attention span!
I’m not quite sure what this says about me, but this is one of my all time favourite family movies! Steve Carell heads up an all star cast of voice talent and is hilarious as Gru. An evil villain losing his place in the world of evil villains, Gru decides to adopt three adorable little girls to help him with his evil plan. What could go wrong with his plan and the backing of his adorable band of yellow minions. My only question is, where can I get a minion of my own!
Be sure to grab a chair and a blanket and check the web site or call the Burlington Events hotline at 905-335-7766 for information before heading out to any of these movies. They are weather dependant so will be cancelled in case of rain. A rain date is planned for August 22 at Burloak Park to show the movie that got rained out.
See you at the Movies Under the Stars!