The Varsity will be finishing the summer schedule of Friday Flicks with a strong and diverse lineup. A couple of movies are celebrating 35 years, and another marking a huge event that took place 50 years ago.
“The Muppets Take Manhattan” and “NeverEnding Story” each came out in 1984. And “Woodstock: Three Days of Peace and Music” is a documentary chronicling the once-in-a-lifetime rock concert in August 1969, when half a million people converged on the rural town of Bethel, New York. Rock icons performing in the documentary include The Who, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, and Crosby, Still and Nash.
All showings are on Fridays and begin at 7. Tickets are $7 or $5 for students. They are available in advance at thevarsitycenter.eventbrite.com and at the venue when doors open; they are not available in advance at the venue. Doors and the Varsity Bar open at 6:30.
The Varsity is downtown Carbondale at 418 S. Illinois Ave. To keep up with all upcoming events at the venue, go to www,facebook.com/varsitycenter.
Here is the next round of Friday Flicks; synopses are from rottentomatoes.com.
“The Goonies,” July 19: Adapted by Chris Columbus from a story by Steven Spielberg, the film follows a group of misfit kids – including second-generation Hollywoodites such as as Josh Brolin and Sean Astin – as they search for buried treasure in a subterranean cavern. Here they cross the path of lady criminal Mama Fratelli (Anne Ramsey) and her outlaw brood. Fortunately, the kids manage to befriend Fratelli's hideously deformed but soft-hearted son (John Matuszak), who comes to their rescue. (1985) Rated PG for adult situations, language and some violence
“Roman J. Israel, Esquire,” July 26: This dramatic thriller is set in the underbelly of the overburdened Los Angeles criminal court system. Denzel Washington stars as a driven, idealistic defense attorney whose life is upended when a turbulent series of events challenge the activism that has defined his career. Colin Farrell costars as the ambitious, monied lawyer who recruits Roman to his firm. (2017) Rated PG-13 for language and some violence
“The Muppets Take Manhattan,” Aug. 2: Jim Henson's Muppets find themselves in Manhattan yearning to get a musical on Broadway in this charming film that also chides show business and its foibles. Kermit the Frog has just put together a successful variety show, and although he would like to mount it on Broadway so he would have a hit and be able to marry Miss Piggy, he cannot find backers. The Muppets are then forced to take jobs to support themselves while they wait for their big shot. With stunning musical numbers involving a hundred or so Muppets and on-scene locations in New York City, the film is impressive in its merging of technical achievements and acting. (1984) Rated G
“Waiting for Guffman,” Aug. 9: When the town of Blaine, Missouri, approaches its sesquicentennial, there's only one way to celebrate: with a musical revue called "Red, White and Blaine." Hoping the show will be his ticket back to Broadway, impresario Corky St. Clair (Christopher Guest) rounds up a cast of enthusiastic but untalented locals (Eugene Levy, Fred Willard, Catherine O'Hara) to perform his masterwork. But when Corky reveals that theater agent Mort Guffman will attend the opening, things really kick into high gear. (1996) Rated R
“Woodstock: Three Days of Peace & Music,” Aug. 16: This iconic musical documentary covers the three-day 1969 music festival on the property of Max Yasger's farm that symbolized the late 1960s in terms of musical, social and political ideology of the era. American audiences are introduced to Ten Years After, featuring guitar great Alvin Lee. Jimi Hendix, The Who and Joe Cocker give riveting performances. Jefferson Airplane gives the wake up call with their song "Volunteers Of America." Crosby, Stills and Nash deliver a memorable performance. John Sebastian gives an impromptu set with a borrowed guitar from Tim Hardin. Santana, Sly and The Family Stone, Sha-Na-Na, Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens and Joan Baez also appear. (1969) Rated R
“The NeverEnding Story,” Aug. 23: Wolfgang Petersen adapted Michael Ende's children's story for this charming fantasy film. Bastian (Barret Oliver) is dealing with his mother's recent death. His father (Gerald McRaney) is an imperious sort who continually lambastes Bastian for daydreaming and falling behind in school. On top of his father's badgering, he has to contend with a bunch of school bullies waiting for him in the schoolyard. One day he decides to play hooky and walks into a strange bookstore, where, in the attic, he discovers a book called "The NeverEnding Story." As Bastian reads the book, he's enveloped in the unfolding tale and finds himself catapulted into the land of Fantasia himself. (1984) Rated PG for some violence