Florida Film Loops: Summer classic movie series at Tampa Theatre, Polk Theatre, and Florida Theatre; outdoor movie screenings in South Florida; Florida drive-ins

Classic, or, at least, older films still draw crowds to historic movie theaters. Summer classic movie series are playing three 1920s-vintage movie palaces in the Sunshine State:

  • The lineup of Sunday-afternoon gems at Tampa Theatre¬†continues with the original “The Manchurian Candidate” (Aug. 12), “Blazing Saddles” (Aug. 19), “The Wizard of Oz” (Aug. 26) and “Casablanca” (Sept. 2). (Tampa Bay Times).
  • Lakeland’s Polk Theatre continues its Saturday-morning summer family classics series with “All Dogs Go to Heaven” (Aug. 11), “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” (Aug. 18) and “Beauty and the Beast” (Aug. 25).
  • Jacksonville’s Florida Theatre is showing “Mrs. Doubtfire” (Aug. 12), the original “Planet of the Apes” (Aug. 19), and “The Big Lebowski (Aug. 26). (Florida Times Union)


Meanwhile, outdoor summer movie screenings continue in South Florida, with “Coco” Aug. 10 in Pompano Beach, and “Dazed and Confused” Aug. 16 in Dania Beach. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)


The Lake Worth Drive-In, a twin-screen facility’s that’s the last drive-in movie theater in Palm Beach County, opened in 1968. It’s one of the seven outdoor movie theaters still open in Florida.

The others: Swap Shop Drive-In, Fort Lauderdale; Joy-Lan Drive-In, Dade City; Silver Moon Drive-In, Lakeland; Ocala Drive-In; Ruskin Family Drive-In; Fun Lan Drive-In, Tampa. (Palm Beach Post)

New DVD Releases (8/9): Your Highness, Super, Mars Needs Moms, Paul

Your Highness (2011) — A clumsy, clueless wannabe knight (Danny McBride) helps his heroic, handsome older brother (James Franco) rescue a dimwitted princess (Zooey Deschanel) from an evil wizard (Justin Theroux). A pretty swordfighting ace (Natalie Portman) helps. Stupid, aggressively unfunny, nasty, clumsily plotted, and a colossal waste of talent, this stoner medieval tale is 2011’s worst movie, so far. Whatever happened to David Gordon Green, the director of such Southern-tinted minor masterpieces as Undertow and George Washington? R; 102 minutes. Grade: D- (Also on Blu-ray)

Super (2010) — A lonely short-order cook (Rainn Wilson) loses his recovering addict wife (Liv Tyler) to a local druglord (Kevin Bacon) and reacts like anyone else would: He has a supernatural encounter with The Holy Avenger (Nathan Fillion), cobbles together a homemade superhero costume, uses a wrench to beat the snot out of bad guys, including those who merely butt in line, and along the way picks up an excitable motormouth sidekick (Ellen Page). Somewhat reminiscent of Kick-Ass, Super is an excessively violent, darkly comic, deeply bizarre tale from one-time Troma Entertainment director James Gunn. It’s all a bit too surreal to be as subversive as it wants to be. R; 96 minutes. Grade: C+ (Also on Blu-ray)

Mars Needs Moms (2011) — The motion capture animation is impressive, as are voice performances by the likes of Joan Cusack and Dan Fogler, but the simple story, based on a book by Berkeley Breathed and directed by Simon Wells (The Prince of Egypt) is really stretched thin. The visuals, and some of the dialogue, make references to the psychedelic ’60s, and, oddly enough, the male Martians are fun-loving, sensitive party dudes, while the majority of the female Martians are mean-spirited automatons. And the bigwig Martian could be E.T.’s really mean grandma. Grade: C (Also on Blu-ray)

Paul (2011) — Sci-fi geeks played by regular collaborators Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, on a road trip to Comic-Con, encounter a nasty, dope-smoking slacker alien (voiced by Seth Rogen). Directed by Greg Mottola (Superbad), the stoner comedy also features Kristen Wiig and Jason Bateman. (Also on Blu-ray)

Also available: Sentimental urban comic drama Jumping the Broom (2011), Mafia comedy The Last Godfather (2010), with Harvey Keitel.

Blu-ray debuts: If… (1969), Brit director Lindsay Anderson’s classic youth-rebellion drama starring Malcolm McDowell; high-school comedy gems Dazed and Confused (1993), set in 1976, and Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982); and documentary-style The Battle of Algiers (1965).