Thursday, May 28, 2015

2015 Film Fest Lineup Announced

Without further ado, here is the list of the films to be screened at this year's HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival presented by Bank of America.

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June 22: Ghostbusters 
Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis are the best paranormal exterminators in the city, trying to save NYC from all sorts of pesky spooks, specters and goblins, as well as Sigourney Weaver from Rick Moranis. Directed by Ivan Reitman and featuring Annie Potts and Ernie Hudson in supporting roles. Who ya gonna call? (1984) 105 min. (PG) Sony

June 29: The Killers 
Burt Lancaster, the acrobat-turned acclaimed actor starring in his first film, is a former boxer fleeing his checkered past on a cross country journey with a double-crossing dame (a sultry Ava Gardner). Based on an Ernest Hemingway story and directed by Richard Siodmak. A flawless film noir. (1946) 97 min. (NR) Universal

July 6: The Poseidon Adventure 
The model for all disaster movies is an epic featuring the biggest stars of the time: Gene Hackman, Leslie Nielsen, Shelley Winters, Ernest Borgnine, Roddy McDowall, and more. A luxury liner is capsized by a rogue wave and with the entire world turned upside down, the survivors must fight for their lives. (1972) 117 min. (PG) Fox

July 13: I’m No Angel 
Mae West plays a platinum blonde lion tamer in a tacky carnival and becomes the toast of NYC. One of cinema’s greatest comedy/musicals, written by Mae West, co-starring a young Cary Grant, and featuring some of the most enduring lines in film. When she’s good, she’s VERY good. (1933) 87 min. (NR) Universal

July 20: Badlands 
Director Terrence Malick's masterful debut film starring the superb Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek, and based on the actual Starkweather/Fugate murder spree across several states in the 1950s. Gorgeous cinematography and haunting use of music. (1973) 94 min. (PG) Warner Bros.

July 27: Footloose 
Kevin Bacon moves from Chicago to a small Midwestern town where he can't believe that rock music and dancing are banned. He meets a girl (Lori Singer) and convinces the town council and the preacher (John Lithgow) to let the prom go on. The songs Footloose and Let’s Hear It for the Boy were Oscar nominated. Directed by Herbert Ross. (1984) 107 min. (R) Paramount

August 3: Marathon Man 
Dustin Hoffman stars in this harrowing thriller, directed by John Schlesinger, as a Columbia grad student and runner who gets mixed up with international intrigue, stolen diamonds, a government agent (Roy Scheider) who is his brother, and a Nazi war criminal (Laurence Olivier) with a penchant for oral surgery. (1976) 125 min. (R) Paramount

August 10: Desk Set 
Screen legends Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy do office politics and romance better than just about anyone. He’s an efficiency expert who wants to update her TV research department by installing a room-sized computer. She vows to fight any attempt to replace her brain with a mechanical one. Based on a Broadway comedy, this is the eighth of their nine movie pairings. (1957) 103 min. (NR) Fox

August 17: Chinatown 
Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway and John Huston are at their best in this neo-noir set in 1930s Los Angeles during the Water Wars. Jerry Goldsmith’s music is brilliant and the screenplay by Robert Towne was Oscar-honored. Roman Polanski directs with great style and he also plays the nasty villain who gives Jack’s private eye a nose job. Number 2 on AFI’s list of the 10 Best Mystery Films. (1974) 130 min. (R) Paramount

August 24: Back to the Future 
Michael J. Fox is a teen in 1985 who time travels to 1955 and gets caught up in the courtship of his then teenaged parents-to-be to save his own existence. Christopher Lloyd is the mad scientist who makes the impossible possible with a DeLorean. Directed by Robert Zemeckis with Huey Lewis' song The Power of Love Oscar-nominated. (1985) 116 min. (PG) Universal

HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival
Presented by Bank of America
Mondays, June 22 - August 24
Films begin 30 minutes after sunset
The Lawn

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