This week’s films: “Top Hat,” “National Treasure” and “Children of Men”
Looking for something romantic to do tonight?
Why not watch cinema’s most glamorous couple dancing “Cheek to Cheek” in “Top Hat”?
The classic musical comedy stars Fred Astaire and frequent dance partner Ginger Rogers as a pair of star-crossed lovers who meet in London.
Jerry (Astaire) immediately falls for Dale (Rogers). Unfortunately, she’s convinced that he’s her friend’s philandering husband.
“Top Hat” features some of filmdom’s most memorable dance scenes, including Astaire’s celebrated tap solo, “Top Hat, White Tie and Tails,” and the climatic duet “Cheek to Cheek.”
See “Top Hat” at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Fremont movie theater, 1025 Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo. Tickets are $7.50 apiece.
If you’ve ever doubted Nicolas Cage’s box office appeal, look no further than “National Treasure.”
That breezy adventure flick, which stars Cage as a historically-minded treasure hunter in search of enormous riches, dominated the domestic box office during its opening run in 2004.
Since then, the film has grossed more than $347.5 million worldwide. (The sequel, 2007′s “National Treasure: Book of Secrets,” has raked in $457 million-plus in international profits.)
“National Treasure” screens under the stars this Friday night at Veris Cellars, 1266 N. Bethel Road in Templeton.
The free screening, which starts at 8 p.m., comes complete with candy, popcorn and, of course, locally crafted wine.
Veris Cellars’ free outdoor screening series continues Aug. 5 with “Vegas Vacation” and Aug. 12 with “The Philadelphia Story.” Call 434-0319 for more information.
This Saturday, the San Luis Obispo library’s dystopian screening series continues with “Children of Men.”
Directed by Alfonso Cuaron (“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”), “Children of Men” takes place in a chaotic future in which humans can no longer procreate. It’s through this desperate, dangerous world that a former activist (Clive Owen) must transport a miraculously pregnant woman (Claire-Hope Ashitey), risking everything to ensure her safety and the future of humankind.
A beautifully crafted, deeply moving drama that combines heart-racing action sequences with a thoughtful message, “Children of Men” ranks among the best science fiction films of the past decade.
Watch “Children of Men” at 2 p.m. Saturday at the San Luis Obispo City-County Library, 995 Palm St. in San Luis Obispo. The screening is free and open to the public.
The series concludes July 24 with “Gattaca.”
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