Here’s a wonderful treat for movie lovers in South Florida, especially Steven Spielberg fans! To mark the 40th Anniversary of JAWS—Spielberg’s 1975 thriller that invented the Summer movie season and changed the course of cinema—the folks at O Cinema Miami Beach will be hosting a retrospective of some of the Beard’s greatest films starting tonight with a screening of Jaws and Jurassic Park and concluding on Tuesday with the filmmaker’s Oscar-winning Schindler’s List. All films will be projected on DCP 2k projection.
Here’s the rundown of the films playing over the weekend plus showtimes:
Dun Dun… Dun Dun… Spielberg’s breakthrough film remains as terrifying today as it was in the summer of 1975 when it scared the bejesus out of millions of moviegoers and gave sharks a bad reputation. Largely credited with inventing the summer movie season, Spielberg’s tale about a man-eating shark terrorizing a small New England town and the three brave men who decide to end its reign of terror endures as one of cinema’s greatest man-vs-nature adventures, and one of the greatest movies of all time. Stars Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw. Winner of three Oscars including Best Original Score for John Williams’ iconic work.
Friday, June 26 at 8 pm
Saturday, June 27 at 5:30 pm & 10:30 pm
“Welcome to Jurassic Park!” Eighteen years after scaring boomers with Jaws, Spielberg terrified a new generation of moviegoers (Millennials) with this show-stopping, technologically-groundbreaking blockbuster about a theme park off the coast of Costa Rica where a mad billionaire has genetically-engineered dinosaurs. While I find it grossly overrated by many who deem it one of Spielberg’s greatest films, in terms of sheer spectacle and directorial panache, it remains unparalleled. Stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Richard Attenborough. Winner of three Oscars including Best Visual Effects.
Friday, June 26 at 10:30 pm
Saturday, June 27 at 8 pm
Sunday, June 28 at 3:30 pm
E.T. is the quintessential Spielberg film – the movie that showcases the filmmaker’s best sensibilities and confirmed his seat among the all-time greats. Using a simple story about a boy from a broken family who befriends a lost alien, this touching drama captured that awkward moment between childhood and your teenage years when everything feels confusing without wallowing in sap. A gargantuan blockbuster, E.T. became a pop cultural phenomenon and made its squashy eponymous character an icon. Stars Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace, Robert MacNaughton and Drew Barrymore. Winner of four Oscars including another Best Original Score statue for John Williams’ soaring soundtrack.
Saturday, June 27 at 1 pm
Sunday, June 28 at 6 pm
Maybe the best action-adventure movie ever made. But I may be SLIGHTLY biased here as Raiders of the Lost Ark may be my favorite movie of all time, and also the one movie I have revisited more than any other movie, ever. College professor on weekdays, dashing fedora-brandishing adventurer on weekends, Indiana Jones was Steven Spielberg and George Lucas’ retort to James Bond – a dashing, devil-may-care and more importantly, humanist swashbuckler who took on the Nazis, and won! Hopscotching from one cliffhanger to the next, Raiders of the Lost Ark was lightning in a bottle – a near-perfect action movie that remains Spielberg’s most unadulterated joy ride. Stars Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman and John Rhys-Davies. Winner of five Oscars including a highly-deserving one for Michael Kahn’s Film Editing.
Saturday, June 27 at 3:15 pm
Sunday, June 28 at 8:15 pm
What does a 29-year-old filmmaker do as a follow-up to the most successful movie of all time? For Spielberg, it was to write and direct Close Encounters of the Third Kind, a vastly ambitious passion project about a disparate group of individuals connected by their “close encounters” with intelligent alien lifeforms. Close Encounters of the Third Kind may have been overshadowed by Star Wars in the summer of 1977, the year of its release, but its maturity, awe-inducing storytelling and Richard Dreyfuss’ remarkable performance as a family man whose obsession to make contact with aliens destroys his family, make it the superior film. Close Encounters of the Third Kind was also the film that popularized the “Spielberg Face” – the director’s trademark use of close-ups on his actors’ faces. Stars Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon and François Truffaut. Winner of two Oscars including one for Vilmos Zsigmond’s gorgeous cinematography.
Monday, June 29 at 8 pm
In 1998, the American Film Institute revealed its list of the 100 Greatest American movies of all time. Five Spielberg movies made the cut – more than any other filmmaker. While Jaws, E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark and Close Encounter of the Third Kind all made the cut, it was Schindler’s List that ranked highest, coming in at number nine on the list. When the group released a revised list a decade later, Spielberg’s magnum opus jumped up a spot to number eight. The most important and personal film of Spielberg’s career, Schindler’s List tells the remarkable and incredible true story of Oskar Schindler, a vain, philandering and greedy businessman and war-profiteer whose became a hero after saving the lives of more than 1,100 Jews from concentration camps during World War 2. A profoundly moving motion picture, Schindler’s List was awarded seven Oscars including Best Picture and at last, Best Director to Spielberg. Stars Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley and Caroline Goodall.
Tuesday, June 30th at 7 pm
Schindler’s List will be screened for free but seat reservations are required. Presented in corporation with the Miami Jewish Film Society.
O Cinema Miami Beach is located at 500 71st St, Miami Beach. Tickets can be purchased online on O-Cinema.org.