Fanwood movie series sets summer in motion

FANWOOD, NJ — This summer, residents have the opportunity to watch movies at La Grande Park in Fanwood with friends and family. The movies will be shown on a inflatable 16-foot outdoor movie screen. The series began the last Tuesday in June, and it will continue on each Tuesday between 8 and 8:30 p.m., until mid August.

On Tuesday, Jul. 19. the movie “Guardians of the Galaxy” will be shown. This fantasy, action-packed movie is rated PG-13. It tells the story of space adventurer Peter Quill, who steals an orb belonging to Ronan, the villain. He must evade bounty hunters as he forms an alliance with four misfits, including Rocket Raccoon, humanoid Groot, Gamora and Drax the Destroyer. Eventually, Quill discovers the power the orb contains and he must work to save the entire universe.

“I planned the event,” Fanwood Director of Recreation Bob Budiansky told LocalSource. “Movies begin the first Tuesday after school is finished, and the movies are shown the next seven consecutive Tuesdays. Rain dates are the following Wednesday. This summer, I’m most looking forward to seeing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’”

On the next consecutive Tuesday, Jul. 26, Disney’s ‘Inside Out’ will be shown. This film tells the story of Riley, who moves to San Francisco with her family. She has mixed emotions as she moves, and the story personifies her emotions of Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust.

On Tuesday, Aug. 2, the new 2015 version of “Cinderella” will be shown. In this version of the story, Ella is Lily James. Cate Blanchett takes on the role of the wicked stepmother, and Richard Madden plays the role of the stranger she encounters in the woods. A bit of magic is all it takes to transform Ella, the maid, into Cinderella, the princess.

On Tuesday, Aug. 9, “Hotel Transylvania 2” will be shown. Dracula opens the hotel to humans in this sequel. As things begin to change, he becomes worried that his half-human and half-vampire grandson, Dennis, is losing touch with his vampire side. In order to address his concern, Dennis is enrolled in a monster training boot camp. Events take an unexpected turn when Dracula’s father pays an unannounced visit.

The last movie for the summer will be Disney’s “The Good Dinosaur.” In this story, humans and dinosaurs co-exist in a world where dinosaurs had never gone extinct. Arlo and his two siblings are separated when Arlo gets washed down a river in a terrible rainstorm. He meets Spot, a Neanderthal boy who offers Arlo his friendship and assistance. Together they work to reunite Arlo with his family.

“The Fanwood Recreation Department sponsors the event,” said Budiansky. “It’s free and open to everyone.”

Viewers are encouraged to bring a blanket or beach chair with them. For more information, call 908-370-7092 or visit Movies will begin at sundown, which will be at 8 p.m. toward the beginning of the summer and 8:30 p.m. during the end of the summer.