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Central Park Film Festival 2017

Central Park Film Festival 2017

Central Park Film Festival 2017 means one more year of outdoor free screenings under the summer night sky. The festival takes place from August 24th to August 27th. All movies will start at 8pm. However, gates will be open an hour and a half before at6.30pm for a special live DJ performance. So make sure you get there early to grab a good viewing spot!

The movies picked for this year’s fest were filmed on location in New York City. The films chosen are incredibly varied and represent various genres of cinema. From classic children’s adventure tales to thrillers and laugh-out-loud comedies, the repertoire offers something for everyone. Most of all, the four films below share a profound love for “The City that Never Sleeps.”

“I Am Legend”

August 24th
Rating: PG – 13
Year Released: 2007
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Will Smith stars in this apocalyptic tale of a man who has to face a life of solitude after a virus extinguishes humankind. Smith expertly portrays Robert Neville, a US Army virologist who must find a cure before time runs out. The film is based on the popular novel by Richard Matheson of the same name. The movie was shot on location in New York City. Many action sequences required the closing of major streets. As a result, the Grand Central Terminal, Fifth Avenue, and Washington Square Park are all featured in different scenes. Catch this suspenseful thriller at the film festival and see NYC like you never have before.

Running Time: 100 minutes

Genre: Horror

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%, based on 208 reviews.


August 25th
Rating: PG
Year Released: 1982
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This All-American comedy stars Dustin Hoffman as struggling New York actor Michael Dorsey. His reputation as being someone who’s difficult to work with keeps him from getting jobs. In attempt to land a role in an audition for a soap opera, Dorsey shows up dressed as a woman. He fully immerses himself in his new identity under the disguise of Dorothy Michaels and gets the job. However, his gender switch-up presents him with a bunch of new challenges in his personal life. Watch Michael and Dorothy try to tackle them in the special screening of “Tootsie” at this year’s film festival.

Running Time: 116 minutes

Genre: Comedy

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%, based on 45 reviews.

“Desperately Seeking Susan”

August 26
Rating: PG-13
Year Released: 1982
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In “Desperately Seeking Susan”, the life of a bored housewife called Roberta is turned upside down after an accident. As a result, she loses consciousness only to find she’s been mistaken for someone else after waking up. The person she’s been mistaken for is called Susan, a woman who leads an unorthodox and bohemian lifestyle. Roberta embarks on a series of adventures that will change the course of her life. The New York Times listed it as one of the ten best movies of 1985.

Running Time: 104 minutes

Genre: Comedy-Drama

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%, based on 23 reviews.

“Stuart Little”

August 27
Rating: PG
Year Released: 1999
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“Stuart Little” is the perfect summer film for the little ones of the house. The story begins with a family of three looking to adopt a sibling for their only son at an orphanage. As they do so, they happen to stumble upon a lovely mouse who goes by the name of Stuart. They are surprised by his human-like manners and decide to take him home. However, Stuart’s lucky fate takes a turn for the worse when he meets Snowbell (the family’s cat). Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie, and Michael J. Fox bring to life this classic tale of what it means to love and be loved.

Running Time: 85 minutes

Genre: Fantasy-Adventure

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%, based on 97 reviews.

The film festival is held at the wide lawn between Sheep Meadow and 72nd Street Cross Drive in Central Park. You can enter the area through 72nd Street at either Central Park West or Fifth Avenue. Cancellation of a film screening is possible in case of unfavorable weather conditions.

The Central Park Film Festival is hosted by the Central Park Conservancy. The films presented will be open captioned.

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Edgar Catasus

Edgar Catasus

Edgar is a a film fanatic, a food lover, and an Upper West Side enthusiast. After working in PR and marketing in Chicago, he is pursuing his dream of becoming a writer. He loves photography and on his spare time you can find him hiking or biking the great outdoors (while also snapping some pretty awesome Instagram pics!).
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