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Eclectic movie mix screening in Astoria

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Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2019 10:30 am

Like musicals? Are superhero movies more of your thing? Or a coming of age comedy? How about gangster films?

There’s something for everyone this summer courtesy of the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition Inc.

The 2019 Movies on the Waterfront Series kicks off with the popular movie musical, “Singin’ in the Rain,” on July 22.

Starring Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds, the story focuses on actors who try to keep up as the movie industry transitions from silent films into the new world of “talkies.”

The movie-within-a-movie finds itself in trouble as production issues arise.

The feel-good, crowd-pleasing movie is good for film fans of all ages.

Featuring songs including “Good Morning,” “Make ‘Em Laugh,” “Fit as a Fiddle” and, of course, “Singin’ in the Rain” the movie is widely considered to be one of the greatest ever with the American Film Institute ranking it No. 5 in 2007.

On July 29, the series continues with the popular 1995 coming-of-age story “Clueless” starring Alicia Silverstone as a spoiled Beverly Hills teenager.

Directed by Amy Heckerling, who had previously directed the teen classic “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” the movie follows the popular teen as she plays matchmaker, first for a pair of teachers and then for a new student who surprisingly becomes more popular than she is.

Nearly a quarter-century after its release, “Clueless” lives on for fans of 1990s nostalgia, due in part to the performance of Silverstone, who had previously appeared in Aerosmith music videos.

For fans of superhero movies, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” will play on August 5. Different than previous films starring Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland, this computer-animated film takes place in a shared multiverse which has alternate universes.

In the film, a teenager, Miles Morales, teams up with other Spider-Men from the other dimensions to fight Kingpin, the supervillain crime boss.

Movie fans can enjoy more superheroes the next week as “Incredibles 2” will be screened. Released in 2018, the movie immediately follows the events of the first film, which hit theaters in 2004.

The Parr family has to deal with a society that has outlawed costumed superheroes. “Incredibles 2” was a hit with fans and critics alike with the movie hauling in more than $1 billion.

The series wraps up with an August 19 screening of “The Godfather,” starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and Sunnyside native James Caan.

Widely considered to be one of the greatest movies ever, the story shows the rise of Michael Corleone, played by Pacino, within the family business as he becomes a mafia boss.

Featuring a supporting cast including Robert Duvall, Talia Shire, Diane Keaton, Sterling Hayden and Abe Vigoda, the violent drama shows the personal and business issues the family deals with as fighting breaks out among the five major mafia crime families.

The movie was nominated for 11 Oscars, winning three.

There are also all the legendary lines from the movie including “I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse” and ”Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.”

Brando won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as Vito Corleone, even though he had less screen time than Pacino, who decided not to attend the award ceremony because he had been nominated for best supporting actor instead.

The cat Brando holds in the iconic opening scene was a stray that director Francis Ford Coppola saw wandering around the studio lot and put in the actor’s lap.

Movies on the Waterfront
When: Various dates
Where: Astoria Park Great Lawn, Shore Boulevard
Entry: Free; (718) 728-7820

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