We’ve reached the middle of June, summer break is in full-swing for kids and families now face the question of how to spend their summer nights. From bonfires to ice cream dates, the warm summer breeze and glowing sunsets are best enjoyed outside. What better way to get outdoors than by enjoying a movie in the park? Washington Park’s annual Summer Cinema series (perfect for families and young-adults alike) kicked off May 29. The series is free and open to the public and takes place every Wednesday from 9 to 11 p.m. Grab a blanket and a few snacks and enjoy your summer evenings with these top 5 summer cinema must-sees.
The Devil Wears Prada
June 19 at 9 p.m.
Did someone say Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, and Emily Blunt? These three leading ladies join together in perhaps one of the most iconic crossovers (at least, we think so). “The Devil Wears Prada” tells the story of Andy Sachs’ (Hathaway) struggle to overcome adversity at one of the most prestigious fashion magazines in New York. This feel-good comedic drama is perfect for a girls night out.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
June 26 at 9 p.m.
In 2018, this action-adventure animation made quite the impact on young and old Spider-Man fanatics alike. Despite the popular preconceived notion that animation is so often synonymous with children’s films, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” received high praise from both film critics and adult viewers. Whether you’re a parent looking for some quality family time, a teen looking for an excuse to hang out with friends, or a young adult trying to plan a casual date night, this film is sure to fit your needs.
July 17 at 9 p.m.
“Ratatouille” is, perhaps, one of the most underrated Disney Pixar films (how can you resist a rat that can cook?). Allow your inner Disney fanatic to unapologetically indulge in 71 minutes of laughs and sighs, triumphs and failures, and the story of a true underdog. (Okay, so maybe it isn’t that serious, but it’s still a fantastic movie that Cincinnatians of all ages can enjoy.) Warning: Remy the Rat’s delectable meals may leave your mouth watering. Satisfy any post-film hunger at one of the many nearby eateries in Over-the-Rhine.
Dead Poets Society
August 14 at 9 p.m.
In 1989, Robin Williams touched hearts with his role as John Keating, a professor at an all-boys boarding school, in the classic film, “Dead Poets Society.” Over the past 30 years, audiences continue to laugh and cry along with the schoolboys as they discover themselves and find their truest voices throughout the film. The drama will incite this emotion within Cincinnatians as one of the last Summer Cinema showings.
10 Things I Hate About You
August 21 at 9 p.m.
Closing out the Summer Cinema series is one of the most iconic ’90s romantic comedies, “10 Things I Hate About You,” starring Julia Stiles (may we dub her the queen of rom-coms?) and Heath Ledger. The 1999 film is an alternative interpretation of William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” but is the furthest thing from a stiff, old-English play. Viewers can’t help but adore Katarina Stratford’s (Stiles) blunt and unphased attitude while swooning over Patrick Verona’s (Ledger) “bad boy” stereotype. We can’t think of a better film to end the summer with.