Every Movie Screening at Washington Park's Free Summer Cinema Series

It starts with "The Mummy," ends with "10 Things I Hate About You" and has a sprinkling of "The Fast and the Furious" in between

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Summer Cinema Series at Washington Park

The Summer Cinema series at Washington Park is back with weekly, family-friendly blockbusters every Wednesday night starting at 9 p.m. Grab some lawn chairs, lay down a blanket or sprawl out on the grass. Concessions will be available onsite, offering light snacks and refreshments, including beer, wine and spirits. 

May 29: The Mummy (1999) — It's the 1930s and adventurer Brendan Fraser (when he was still hot) is helping librarian Rachel Weisz (also hot) find the Egyptian city of the dead when they accidentally awaken Imhotep, an ancient, bald high priest who was murdered after having an affair with the mistress of Pharaoh Seti I. Imhotep is mad, wants to resurrect his girlfriend (also now dead); violence and 1930s-Egyptian archeologist action scenes ensue. 

June 5: The Secret Life of Pets (2016) — In this animated adventure, we find out what our pets (voiced by Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Steve Coogan, Ellie Kemper, Bobby Moynihan, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Jenny Slate, Albert Brooks and, unfortunately, Louis C.K.) do while we're away.

June 12: Mulan (1998) — Disney's animated musical Mulan follows the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, a female warrior who disguises herself as a man to fight against the Hun invasion.

June 19: The Devil Wears Prada (2006) — Anne Hathaway does a glow-up in this film as a mousy but principled journalist who kind of gives up her ethical ambitions to talk to hot men, wear haute couture and go to Paris Fashion Week while caught up in the world of Runway magazine as the personal assistant to editor Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep). Based on a book of the same name by author Lauren Weisberger about her experience as Anna Wintour's assistant at Vogue, the film is full of 2006 FASHUN.

June 26: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) — People really loved this movie, which won a Best Animated Feature Academy Award. A bunch of different Spider-Men from different dimensions — like Spider-Ham (John Mulaney), SP//dr (Kimiko Glenn) and Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage!) — come together to save New York from evil-doer Kingpin. If you were like, "I'm a grown-up and I'm not paying money to watch a stupid baby animated Spider-Man in theaters — I only pay to watch Marvel movies starring hunky Chris Evans," then this is your chance to catch it for free.

July 3: Top Gun (1986)  — I feel the need... the need for speed. This movie stars Tom Cruise as Maverick plus a bunch of other guys with nicknames like Goose, Viper, Iceman, Cougar, Wolfman, etc. They all fly planes in the 1980s, so they have on tight uniforms and big hair at some like Naval fighter pilot school in California. Someone dies. People feel guilty. One of them has a crush on their lady instructor. Yeah — a lady fighter pilot instructor, in the 1980s. And she's based on a real person!

July 10: The Little Rascals (1994) — The real star of this film, an adaptation of Hal Roach's mid-1900s series Our Gang, is the dog Petey.

July 17: Ratatouille (2007) — In this animated feature, rat foodie savante Remy has big dreams of becoming a chef in Paris and leaves his rat family behind to help a hapless ginger-headed human rise from garbage boy to culinary star at a famous Parisian restaurant. People find out a rat is in the kitchen, refuse to overcome their rat bias and Remy and his human face an uncertain future. Secondary storylines of family, love and redemption are woven throughout.

July 24: The Fast and the Furious (2001) The original in the now eight-film series (with at least two spin-offs and two additional feature films in the works), The Fast and the Furious follows undercover cop Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker, RIP) as he tries to infiltrate the street racing underground in Los Angeles. The literal premise is a bunch of "fast and furious" racers are hijacking semi-trucks in their tricked out Hondas and stealing items from their haul to resell. But, like, not really. Mostly you see Vin Diesel and his friends, as well as various other racing groups of ethnicities rarely represented in major film releases (especially in 2001), racing their cars and scantily clad women but also women holding their own as drivers in the race world. They also battle each other in the unfortunately named Race Wars competition. Tons of weird problematic 2001 stuff, but lots of high-octane action. Explosions. Wheelies. Big jeans. And tons of NOS — the gas and the energy drink!

Aug. 7: ET (1982) — A tiny alien who looks like a melted Baby Ruth bar wants to go home in this Steven Spielberg film.

Aug. 14: Dead Poets Society (1989) — Set in the 1950s in a fake upper class Vermont boarding school (it's real in the movie), Dead Poets Society stars Robin Williams as everyone's favorite English teacher. He tells his students to make their lives extraordinary, has them look at their dreary East Coast rich person lives in a much more eccentric and artistic way and they all discover like acting and Shakespeare. Eventually they all stand on their desks and salute him in poetry because "the man" aka the headmasters at the boarding school can't handle a teacher expanding kids' minds like that. Also someone dies.

Aug. 21: 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) — Loosely based on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, pretty and pleasant Bianca (Larisa Oleynik) can't go to prom unless her uptight sister (Julia Stiles) does. Thankfully, bad boy Patrick (Heath Ledger, RIP) steps in.

9-11 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 21. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the Rhine, washingtonpark.org.

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