During the summer, many of us head to swimming pools, parks, or campgrounds. Others, however, find it the perfect time of year to head home and head back to the movies.
This summer, multiplexes in Greater Columbus will be brimming with potential blockbusters, including the long-delayed “Top Gun” sequel, “Top Gun: Maverick,” an exciting new installment in the “Jurassic Park” franchise, “Jurassic World Dominion,” and the latest installment in the ever-evolving Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Thor: Love and Thunder.”
For audiences whose movie tastes lean towards the classics, the CAPA summer movie series will return to theaters in Ohio, and for those who want to see a great movie and feel the summer breeze, watch one of numerous outdoor movie series may be the best bet.
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• “Top Gun: Maverick”, May 27: Nearly four decades since the original film — not to mention a full three years since the sequel’s scheduled release — the long-awaited “Top Gun: Maverick” will make its way to multiplexes. Tom Cruise reprises his role as Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, joined by Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly and Jon Hamm.
• “Jurassic World Dominion”, June 10: In the latest film in the series that debuted with Steven Spielberg’s 1993 blockbuster ‘Jurassic Park’, dinosaurs and people mingle on Earth – and the cast of the original ‘Jurassic Park’ films (including Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum) is mixed in with the cast of more recent “Jurassic World” films (including Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard).
• “Lightyear”, June 17: You thought the Buzz Lightyear saga ended with “Toy Story 4”. Not So Fast: The new computer-animated family film features the voice of Chris Evans as the “real” (not the toy) Buzz Lightyear. Uzo Aduba, Peter Sohn and Keke Palmer also contribute vocal performances.
• “Elvis”, June 24: Previous actors to play the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll include Kurt Russell and Bruce Campbell. Now, in director Baz Luhrmann’s new biopic, up-and-coming actor Austin Butler – known for his supporting role in ‘Once Upon a Time. . . in Hollywood” – will take on the role. Tom Hanks appears as Elvis’ manager and all-around guru, Colonel Tom Parker.
• “Minions: The Rise of Gru”, July 1: The tiny yellow lifeforms are back in the computer-animated sequel. Voice talents featured include Steve Carell, Pierre Coffin and Taraji P. Henson.
• “Thor: Love and Thunder”, July 8: As the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues. . . and on . . . .and on, Chris Hemsworth returns to the title role of the Norse God superhero. Embodying other superhuman figures are Tessa Thompson, as Valkyrie; Natalie Portman, as Jane Foster/Mighty Thor; and Christian Bale, as Gorr the Butcher God.
• “DC League of Super-Pets”, July 29: The DC Comics movie universe will go to dogs (and other animals) with this computer-animated feature featuring a menagerie of superhero pets, including Krypto the Superdog (voiced by Dwayne Johnson), Ace the Bat-Hound (Kevin Hart), and PB, a pot-bellied pig owned by Wonder Woman (Vanessa Bayer).
• “Batch of Salem”, September 9: To usher in the fall, “It Chapter Two” screenwriter Gary Dauberman is writing and directing a new adaptation of Stephen King’s vampire novel. Lewis Pullman, Alfre Woodard and William Sadler star in the horror movie reboot.
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Summer Movie Series Rooms
Many screenings take place outside from sunset.
John F. Wolfe Columbus Commons
East Rich and South High Streets
• Free movie nights8:15 p.m. select days in May, June and July: The Commons will host screenings of the films “Encanto” (May 28), “Frozen 2” (June 11), “The Lion King” (June 24) and “Sing 2” (June 22) July).
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
4850 Powell Road, Delaware County
• “Zoombezi Bay Summer Nights”, 5:00-10:00 p.m. Fridays in July: Zoombezi Bay will keep its doors open late to host performances as well as film screenings at 8:00 p.m. (July 8), “Sing 2” (July 15), “The Santa Clause 2” (July 22) and “Frozen 2” (July 29).
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303 W. Broad Street, Downtown
• 21+ outdoor movie series, at sunset on certain Thursdays from June to October: the park will host screenings for an informed public. Most of the movies are rated R, and highlights include “The Big Lebowski” (June 2), “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” (July 28), and “Remember the Titans” (August 25). Food trucks will be on site and wine will be on sale.
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• “Family Movie Nights” 7:30 p.m., select Tuesdays in June, July and August: The family films “A Bug’s Life” (June 28), “Monsters, Inc.” (July 26) and “Finding Nemo” (August 16) will be screened at the amphitheater.
120 W. Goodale Street, Victorian Village
• “Screen on the Green” at sunset on certain Fridays in July, August and September: Open-air screenings of the films “Labyrinthe” (July 15), “Moulin Rouge” (August 19) and “Coco” (September 16) will take place on the grounds of softball.
Easton Town Center
160 Easton Town Center
• “Moonlight Movies” Tuesdays in June: The shopping complex will host four outdoor movie screenings: “Encanto” (June 7), “Inside Out” (June 14), “Trolls World Tour” (June 21) and “The Wizard of Oz” (June 28).
39 E. State St., Downtown
• CAPA Summer Film Seriess, June 16-August. 4: After two summers with shortened schedules, the classic film series returns for nine weeks and some 25 feature films, including the opening weekend lineup of the Robin Williams-Nathan Lane comedy “The Birdcage” (16 June) and Francis Ford Coppola’s mafia masterpiece “The Godfather” (June 17-19). Other films include “Airplane!” (June 23-24), “My Fair Lady” (June 25-26), “Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope” (July 8-9), “Notorious” by Alfred Hitchcock (July 30-31) and “The Wrong Man” August 11-12) and the Michael Keaton version of “Batman” (August 5-6). Two lively Saturday morning antics programs will take place June 25 and July 30.
3050 S.HIGH ST.
• Screenings throughout the summer and into the fall: the biggest new releases of the summer movie season are sure to appear at this historic drive-in in southwest Columbus.
Upper Arlington Parks System
• “Movies in the Parks”: Various community parks will host outdoor movie screenings through August, including “Free Willy” at Thompson Park, 2020 McCoy Road (June 24) and “Raya and the Last Dragon,” Sunny 95 Park, 4395 Carriage Hill Lane (July 8).
Wexner Center for the Arts
1871 N. High St., OSU Campus
• “Federico Fellini”, 7 July-August. 18: The Arts Center on the campus of The Ohio State University will mark the centennial of Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini (1920-1993) two years after the fact: this major retrospective of Fellini’s much-admired films – including masterpieces Works such as “La strada” (July 7), “8 1/2” (July 14) and “Juliet of the Spirits” (August 4) – were originally planned for 2020, when Fellini would have been 100, but was delayed due to the pandemic.