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WHAT: Jaws
WHEN: 7:30pm Sat., May 29
WHERE: Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St.
COST: $10.50, tickets sold in groups of two or four
INFO: http://www.mountbakertheatre.com

WHAT: Minari
WHEN: May 26-June 3
WHERE: Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St.
COST: $10.71
INFO: http://www.pickfordfilmcenter.org

WHAT: Street Gang
WHEN: May 28-31
WHERE: Lincoln Theatre, Mount Vernon
COST: $8-$11
INFO: http://www.lincolntheatre.org

WHAT: Angry Birds 2
WHEN: Fri., June 18
WHERE: Birch Birch Bay Waterslides
INFO: http://www.birchbaychamber.com

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

The original poster for Jaws declared that the movie “may be too intense for younger children,” but Steven Spielberg’s 1975 thriller about a man- and woman-eating great white shark was only rated PG when it first arrived in theaters. I know this because I was under 10 years old when I saw it for the first time, and the scene where a disembodied leg floats to the bottom of an estuary with its shoe intact is an image I’ve never been able to fully scrub from my memory.

I don’t fault my parents for taking me and my sister to see Jaws, as just about everybody was watching it that summer. As one of the first flicks to establish June and July as the perfect time to release hoped-for blockbusters, its widespread success made attending the movie a family-friendly activity. And even though I had to hide my eyes a few times, I was invested in the storyline about a police chief (Roy Scheider) and marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss) taking on a fearsome creature from the deep (played by a variety of robotic sharks, and merely suggested at via a score that made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end).

It’s been a minute since I rewatched Jaws, but it’s showing on the big screen Sat., May 29 as part of the “Movie Palace” lineup at the Mount Baker Theatre, and I’m thinking now might be the perfect time to revisit a certain small New England town. You can, too, but you’ll probably want to leave younger kids at home, since the rating has been upped to PG-13 and parental guidance is now more strongly suggested.

However, if your teens can handle a little gore in the man-versus-nature flick, they’ll be perfectly fine attending a showing of Minari, which is currently screening at the Pickford Film Center. The thoughtful drama focuses on a family of South Korean immigrants trying to adapt to a new life on a farm in Arkansas, and its stellar storytelling and ability to evoke childhood earned it Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Score, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actress—a prize ace thespian and Brad Pitt admirer Youn Yuh-jung took home, making her the first Korean actress to win the coveted award.

Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street is also a film sure to bring back some of your best childhood memories. The 2021 documentary currently showing at the Pickford—and also for a May 28-31 run at the Lincoln Theatre in Mount Vernon—concentrates on the most experimental and groundbreaking period of the long-running educational television show, weaving together personal narratives and behind the scenes footage showing how the original creators collaborated to push boundaries and change television.

Given that an estimated 86 million Americans had watched the series as children as of 2018, a whole lot of people are invested in the show’s history—and Street Gang doesn’t disappoint on that front. Throw in the fact that the documentary includes a Muppets gag reel, and it becomes a can’t-miss opportunity to catch up with Grover, the Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, Big Bird, and the assorted humans who populated the set.

If your progeny are too young to have the secrets of Sesame Street revealed to them, but you still want to reward them with a night out at the movies, hold on a little while longer. On Fri., June 18, a Drive-In Movie Nights series will kick off with a viewing of Angry Birds 2 in the parking lot of the Birch Bay Waterslides, and if your kids can stay up long enough, they’ll be welcome to join the viewing party.

The event precedes the city’s “Kites for Kids Day!,” a fundraiser for the Friends of Birch Bay Library taking place from 11am-4pm Sat., June 19 at the Birch Bay Vogt Community Library property. There will also be free kites for kids (while supplies last), Kona Ice available for purchase, storytelling with Dr. Granger and Officer Derek Jones, and a variety of kids activities. There probably won’t be a re-creation of any scenes from Jaws on the waterfront at any point during the festivities, and that’s just fine with me.

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