Family friendly flicks and a flashback Friday classic shown in Whitby’s Movies in the Park

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Published July 6, 2023 at 2:33 pm

Whitby is showing a few free flicks over the summer in their Movies in the Park program.

Filmgoers are invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs and popcorn to Whitby Civic Park to watch the movies projected on a large outdoor screen.

The movies will be shown every other Friday over the summer starting with Space Jam: A New Legacy, starring Lebron James, the Looney Tunes and Don Cheadle, on July 14. James, playing a fictionalized version of himself, must enlist the Loney Tunes’ aid against a rogue artificial intelligence (Cheadle) who has taken over the Warner Bros’ server.

Next up is Minions: The Rise of Gru on July 28. This second Minions film reunites the yellow henchmen with Steve Carrell, now playing Gru as a young boy. Set in the 70s the film sees Gru on his way to becoming the villain of the Despicable Me trilogy which puts him at odds with a villainous group, the Vicious 6.

On August 11, Whitby will show the flashback Friday poll winner, the Oscar-winning classic Shrek. This 2001 Dreamworks film won the first Best Animated Feature Oscar. It stars Mike Myers as the titular grumpy ogre forced to team up with a talking Donkey (Eddie Murphy) to rescue Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) to get his swamp back.

Finally, on August 25, Whiby is closing out its showings with the biggest movie of the year: The Super Mario Bros. Movie. The film stars Chris Pratt as the iconic plumber who teams with Princess Peach (Anya Taylor-Joy) to stop the nefarious Bowser (Jack Black) and rescue his brother Luigi (Charlie Day).

The movie adaptation of Nintendo’s medium-defining video game series is the highest-grossing movie in a year of lacklustre box office receipts, raking in a whopping $1.3 billion so far.

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