MOVIES at the FORT SMITH PUBLIC LIBRARY
Take the family and your own refreshments (or pick something up from Dewey’s Café!) for the library’s Summer Movie Matinee series at the main library. Kids of all ages and their families are invited to spend an air-conditioned afternoon at these free events on Thursday afternoons through July 26. Free. 2 p.m. Thursdays. Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, Ark. 479-783-0229
June 7: Coco (PG)
Despite his family's baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history.
June 14: Ferdinand (PG)
Destined to become a fearless fighting bull, the young pacifist and flower-loving calf, Ferdinand, summons up the courage to escape from a Spanish bull-training camp, to finally find himself on little Nina's idyllic and fragrant farm. However, an unfortunate run-in with a busy golden bee will send the immense but peaceful animal back to the old Casa del Toro academy, where the famous matador, El Primero, usually selects his worthy bovine opponents for the arena. Does Ferdinand hide a fierce champion underneath a mountain of muscles, or is he a gentle giant after all?
June 21: Mary and the Witch’s Flowers (PG)
Mary is an ordinary young girl stuck in the country with her Great-Aunt Charlotte and seemingly no adventures or friends in sight. She follows a mysterious cat into the nearby forest, where she discovers an old broomstick and the strange Fly-by-Night flower, a rare plant that blossoms only once every seven years and only in that forest. Together the flower and the broomstick whisk Mary above the clouds and far away to Endor College - a school of magic run by headmistress Madam Mumblechook and the brilliant Doctor Dee. Based on Mary Stewart's 1971 classic children's book "The Little Broomstick", "Mary and The Witch's Flower" is an action-packed film full of jaw-dropping imaginative worlds, ingenious characters, and the stirring, heartfelt story of a young girl trying to find a place in the world.
June 28: The Star (PG)
In this animated adventure comedy, a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a lovable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told - the first Christmas.
July 5: Despicable Me 3 (PG)
After he is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down the latest bad guy to threaten humanity, Gru finds himself in a major identity crisis. But when a mysterious stranger shows up to inform Gru that he has a long-lost twin brother – a brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin's despicable footsteps – one former super-villain will rediscover just how good it feels to be bad.
July 12: Cars 3 (PG)
Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician with her own plan to win, inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet, and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn't through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing's biggest stage!
July 19: The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (PG)
Surly and his friends, Buddy, Andie, and Precious, discover that the mayor of Oakton City is cracking one big hustle to build a giant amusement park, which in turn will bulldoze their home. The animals must stop the mayor, his daughter, and a mad animal control officer to take back the city park.
July 26: The Boss Baby (PG)
Seven-year-old Tim Templeton has always had an overactive imagination – and for the past seven years – life has been all peaches for him, getting all the love and affection from his caring parents. However, after the arrival of Boss Baby, an unexpected new brother dressed in a black suit complete with a tie and a briefcase, Tim won't be the centre of attention anymore, as the powerful sibling takes over the whole house, robbing him of all care, little by little. But, soon, Tim and the new Boss in a diaper will need to put differences aside and join forces, as a sneaky scheme involving the head of Puppy Co. threatens to tilt the balance of power toward their insidiously adorable furry antagonists, not to mention that the next Pet Convention is only in two days. Brothers, hurry up!
MOVIES IN THE PARK
Who: All ages
What: The Fort Smith Parks and Recreation’s “Movies in the Park” series will return this summer, giving visitors the chance to enjoy popular movies in one of the city’s scenic parks. Admission is free and all films start at dusk. Take blankets and lawn chairs.
June 8: Ferdinand at Creekmore Park
June 15: Race (PG-13) at Martin Luther King Jr. Park
June 22: Jumanji (1995) at TIlles Park
June 29: Beauty and the Beast at Creekmore Park
July 6: Despicable Me 3 at Tilles Park
July 13: Coco at Creekmore Park
Creekmore Park, Rogers Avenue and South 31st Street
Martin Luther King Jr. Park, Greenwood Avenue & North O
Tilles Park, Grand Avenue and North 37th Street
Malco Theaters Kids Summer Film Fest - Van Buren
Who: All ages
What: Malco Cinema in Van Buren will show a kid-friendly movie two mornings each week. Cost is $2.
When: 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays
June 5 & 6: The Boss Baby
June 12 & 13: The Chronicles of Narnia
June 19 & 20: Captain Underpants
June 26 & 27: The Prince of Egypt
July 3 & 4: Trolls
July 10 & 11: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
July 17 & 18: Ferdinand
July 24 & 25: Horton Hears a Who!
July 31 & Aug. 1: The Princess Bride
Where: Malco Cinema, 1636 North 12th Court, Van Buren, 479-471-0600
AMC Classic Summer Movie Camp
Who: All ages
What: Carmike Cinema 14 in Fort Smith will show family-friendly movies every Wednesday. $4, includes ticket and Kidspack.
When: 10 a.m. Wednesdays
June 6: The Boss Baby
June 13: Paddington 2
June 20: The Lego Batman Movie
June 27: Ferdinand
July 11: Trolls
July 18: Despicable Me 3
July 25: Captain Underpants
Aug. 1: The Nut Job 2
Where: Carmike Cinema 14, 5716 Towson Avenue, Fort Smith, 479-646-5593
This article appears in the June 2018 issue of Entertainment Fort Smith magazine.