by Devin Chicras
Twenty movie candidates have been hitting the campaign trail for the last month to convince YOU, Skyway Outdoor Cinema fan, to give one of your four votes to them. Now that the poll is open, the power is yours. Still need help deciding?
We’ve assembled a handy dossier on our 2016 nominees:
Jurassic World (PG-13, 2015)
SLOGAN: “The park is open.”
BACKSTORY: A new theme park is built on the original site of Jurassic Park. Everything is going well until the park’s newest attraction – a genetically modified giant stealth killing machine – escapes containment and goes on a killing spree.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: “You ever wonder why there was a job opening? Don’t turn your back to the cage.”
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (PG-13, 2015)
SLOGAN: “The fire will burn forever”
BACKSTORY: As the war of Panem escalates to the destruction of other districts, Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant leader of the rebellion, must bring together an army against President Snow, while all she holds dear hangs in the balance.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: “Katniss Everdeen. A smalltown girl from District 12 who survived the Games and turned a nation of slaves into an army!”
Beetlejuice (PG, 1988)
SLOGAN: “He’s guaranteed to put some life… in your afterlife”
BACKSTORY: A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a “bio-exorcist” in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: “Let’s turn on the juice and see what shakes loose.”
Creed (PG-13, 2015)
SLOGAN: “Your legacy is more than a name”
BACKSTORY: The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: “Time takes everybody out; time’s undefeated.”
Inside Out (PG, 2015)
SLOGAN: “A Major Emotion Picture”
BACKSTORY: After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: “I say we lock ourselves in our room and use that one swear word we know. It’s a good one!”
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (PG, 2004)
SLOGAN: “Mishaps. Mayhem. Misadventures. Oh joy.”
BACKSTORY: When a massive fire kills their parents, three children are delivered to the custody of cousin and stage actor Count Olaf, who is secretly plotting to steal their parents’ vast fortune.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: “All that I ask is that you do each and every little thing that pops into my head, while I enjoy the enormous fortune your parents left behind.”
The Divergent Series: Insurgent (PG-13, 2015)
SLOGAN: “One Choice Can Destroy You”
BACKSTORY: Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart with the help from others on her side.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: “Hey, Tris. I really like your hair, by the way. Did you try to cut it all short and weird like that?”
Bridge of Spies (PG-13, 2015)
SLOGAN: “In a world on the brink, the difference between war and peace was one honest man.”
BACKSTORY: During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: “I’m not afraid to die, Mr. Donovan. Although, it wouldn’t be my first choice.”
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (PG, 2005)
SLOGAN: “Some journeys take us far from home. Some adventures lead us to our destiny.”
BACKSTORY: Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a mystical lion.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: “She thinks she’s found a magical land… In the upstairs wardrobe.”
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (PG-13, 2015)
SLOGAN: “Desperate Times. Desperate Measures.”
BACKSTORY: Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: “I’m not in the plane, I’m ON the plane! Open the door!”
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (PG, 1990)
SLOGAN: “Heroes in a half shell!”
BACKSTORY: A group of mutated turtle warriors must emerge from the shadows to protect New York City from an uprising criminal gang of ninjas.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: “A Jose Canseco bat? Tell me… you didn’t pay money for this.”
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (PG-13, 2015)
SLOGAN: “The force is calling to you. Just let it in.”
BACKSTORY: Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a ragtag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: “How do we blow it up? There’s always a way to do that.”
The Good Dinosaur (PG, 2015)
SLOGAN: “Tiny but tough”
BACKSTORY: In a world where dinosaurs and humans live side-by-side, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: “This is Dreamcrusher. He protects me from having unrealistic goals.”
Minions (PG, 2015)
SLOGAN: “It’s going to be a blast.”
BACKSTORY: Minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take over the world.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: “C’est banana! Hahaha! Miam Miam! Huh?”
Harry and the Hendersons (PG, 1987)
SLOGAN: “When You Can’t Believe Your Eyes, Trust Your Heart.”
BACKSTORY: The Henderson family adopt a friendly Sasquatch after accidentally running him over on a hunting trip, but have a hard time trying to keep him away from the authorities and an eccentric hunter who’s determined to catch “Bigfoot”.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: “It could be out there suffering. And I know you’d want to help me find it so I could ki-… care for it.”
Ant-Man (PG-13, 2015)
SLOGAN: “Heroes don’t get any bigger.”
BACKSTORY: Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: “He just kicked your ass full-size, you really wanna find out what it’s like when you can’t see him coming?”
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (PG, 1981)
SLOGAN: “The Return of the Great Adventure.”
BACKSTORY: Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the US government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: “Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?”
Avengers: Age of Ultron (PG-13, 2015)
SLOGAN: “A new age begins”
BACKSTORY: When Tony Stark and Bruce Banner try to jump-start a dormant peacekeeping program called Ultron, things go horribly wrong and it’s up to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: “The city is flying and we’re fighting an army of robots. And I have a bow and arrow. Nothing makes sense.”
Labyrinth (PG, 1986)
SLOGAN: “Where everything seems possible and nothing is what it seems.”
BACKSTORY: A selfish 16-year old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: “If she’d ‘ave kept on goin’ down that way she’d ‘ave gone straight to that castle.”
Spectre (PG-13, 2015)
SLOGAN: “The Dead Are Alive”
BACKSTORY: A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: “You’re a kite dancing in a hurricane, Mr Bond.”