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Now in its eighth summer, A Better Jamaica's Family Movies in the Park (FMITP) exhibits free family movies in four Jamaica parks -- Cambria/Cabbell Park (Francis Lewis Boulevard at 120th Avenue), Brookville Park (Brookville Boulevard at 144th Avenue), Baisley Pond Park (Foch Boulevard at Long Street), and St. Albans Park (Merrick Boulevard @ Sayres Avenue near Linden Boulevard).

Cambria/Cabbell Park - Francis Lewis Boulevard @ 120th Avenue (Mondays)

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"Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" (PG - 89 Minutes - 2009)
Cambria/Cabbell Park
Monday, July 14th - 8:26 pm

Inspired by Ron and Judi Barrett's beloved children's book of the same name, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs follows inventor Flint Lockwood (voice of Bill Hader) and a brainy weathergirl (voice of Anna Faris) as they attempt to discover why the rain in their small town has stopped, and food is falling in its place. Meanwhile, lifelong bully Brent (voice of Andy Samberg) relishes in tormenting Flint like he did when they were kids, and Mayor Shelbourne (voice of Bruce Campbell) schemes to use Flint's latest invention -- a device designed to improve everyone's lives -- for his own personal gain. Mr. T voices by-the-books cop Earl Devereaux, and James Caan voices Flint's technophobe father, Tim. Author: Jason Buchanan

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"Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion" (PG-13 - 107 Minutes - 2006) - Cambria/Cabbell Park
Monday, July 21st - 8:22 pm

Actor and playwright Tyler Perry returns as Madea, a brash but loving African-American grandmother with her own way of doing things in this screen adaptation of his popular stage comedy drama. Madea has her work cut out for her when she finds herself dealing with a handful of family crises the same weekend that she's planned a massive family reunion. Her niece Lisa (Rochelle Aytes) is engaged to marry a handsome and successful man (Blair Underwood), but the good news is blunted when she reveals to her friends that he beats her. Another niece, Vanessa (Lisa Anderson), has been having romantic problems of her own, and isn't sure she should take another chance on love with a humble but good-hearted bus driver (Boris Kodjoe). Madea's older sister dies, with the funeral landing the same weekend as Lisa's wedding. And on top of all this, a court order forces Madea to look after Nikki (Keke Palmer), a troubled and angry teenager from a broken home. Madea's Family Reunion also stars Lynn Whitfield, Jennifer Lewis, Cicely Tyson, and Maya Angelou. Author: Mark Deming

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"Jurassic Park" (PG-13 - 127 Minutes - 1993)
Cambria/Cabbell Park
Monday, July 28th - 8:16 pm

Combining the latest in special effects with masterful storytelling, an age-old fantasy becomes a reality as dinosaurs are genetically re-created for the ultimate theme park in this adaptation of Michael Crichton’s best-selling novel, Jurassic Park. The adventure begins in wonder and excitement for the park’s first visitors, but soon takes a suspenseful turn as the dinosaurs break out of their carefully constructed environment and begin to wreak havoc.

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"Transformers" (PG-13 - 144 Minutes - 2007)
Cambria/Cabbell Park
Monday, August 4th - 8:09 pm

When teenager Sam Witwicky buys his first car, what he doesn't know, is that it's actually an alien robot. This isn't the only alien to arrive on Earth. Optimus Prime and a fellow group of transforming robots have arrived in search of the Allspark. But Optimus Prime and the Autobots aren't the only aliens to appear. Megatron and the Decepticons are also searching for the Allspark, and they would do anything to get it, even if it means destroying the world.

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Rain Date / Community Karaoke
Cambria/Cabbell Park
Monday, August 11th - 8:00 pm

We're not yet sure what is going to take place in Cambria/Cabbell Park on Monday, August 11th. If one of our scheduled feature films has been "rained out", then we'll use the day and time to show that film. If none of the movies that were scheduled was rained out, then we'll spend the evening supporting neighbors who dare to sing their favorite songs in front of other neighbors. If you've never seen our version of community karaoke, then come early to one of our regular screenings to see how it works. Yikes!

Brookville Park - Brookville Boulevard @ 144th Avenue (Tuesdays)

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"Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" (PG - 89 Minutes - 2009)
Brookville Park
Tuesday, July 15th - 8:26 pm

Inspired by Ron and Judi Barrett's beloved children's book of the same name, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs follows inventor Flint Lockwood (voice of Bill Hader) and a brainy weathergirl (voice of Anna Faris) as they attempt to discover why the rain in their small town has stopped, and food is falling in its place. Meanwhile, lifelong bully Brent (voice of Andy Samberg) relishes in tormenting Flint like he did when they were kids, and Mayor Shelbourne (voice of Bruce Campbell) schemes to use Flint's latest invention -- a device designed to improve everyone's lives -- for his own personal gain. Mr. T voices by-the-books cop Earl Devereaux, and James Caan voices Flint's technophobe father, Tim. Author: Jason Buchanan

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"Madea's Family Reunion" (PG-13 - 107 Minutes - 2006)
Brookville Park
Tuesday, July 22nd - 8:21 pm

Actor and playwright Tyler Perry returns as Madea, a brash but loving African-American grandmother with her own way of doing things in this screen adaptation of his popular stage comedy drama. Madea has her work cut out for her when she finds herself dealing with a handful of family crises the same weekend that she's planned a massive family reunion. Her niece Lisa (Rochelle Aytes) is engaged to marry a handsome and successful man (Blair Underwood), but the good news is blunted when she reveals to her friends that he beats her. Another niece, Vanessa (Lisa Anderson), has been having romantic problems of her own, and isn't sure she should take another chance on love with a humble but good-hearted bus driver (Boris Kodjoe). Madea's older sister dies, with the funeral landing the same weekend as Lisa's wedding. And on top of all this, a court order forces Madea to look after Nikki (Keke Palmer), a troubled and angry teenager from a broken home. Madea's Family Reunion also stars Lynn Whitfield, Jennifer Lewis, Cicely Tyson, and Maya Angelou. Author: Mark Deming

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"Jurassic Park" (PG-13 - 127 Minutes - 1993)
Brookville Park
Tuesday, July 29th - 8:15 pm

Combining the latest in special effects with masterful storytelling, an age-old fantasy becomes a reality as dinosaurs are genetically re-created for the ultimate theme park in this adaptation of Michael Crichton’s best-selling novel, Jurassic Park. The adventure begins in wonder and excitement for the park’s first visitors, but soon takes a suspenseful turn as the dinosaurs break out of their carefully constructed environment and begin to wreak havoc.

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"Transformers" (PG-13 - 144 Minutes - 2007)
Brookville Park
Tuesday, August 5th - 8:07 pm

When teenager Sam Witwicky buys his first car, what he doesn't know, is that it's actually an alien robot. This isn't the only alien to arrive on Earth. Optimus Prime and a fellow group of transforming robots have arrived in search of the Allspark. But Optimus Prime and the Autobots aren't the only aliens to appear. Megatron and the Decepticons are also searching for the Allspark, and they would do anything to get it, even if it means destroying the world.

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Rain Date / Community Karaoke
Brookville Park
Tuesday, August 12th - 7:59 pm

We're not yet sure what is going to take place in Brookville Park on Tuesday, August 12th. If one of our scheduled feature films has been "rained out", then we'll use the day and time to show that film. If none of the movies that were scheduled was rained out, then we'll spend the evening supporting neighbors who dare to sing their favorite songs in front of other neighbors. If you've never seen our version of community karaoke, then come early to one of our regular screenings to see how it works. Yikes!

Baisley Pond Park - Foch Boulevard @ Long Street (Wednesdays)

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"Monsters, Inc." (G - 92 Minutes - 2001)
Baisley Pond Park
Wednesday, July 16th - 8:25 pm

This animated feature from the creators of Toy Story shows us the life behind the scenes of things that go bump in the night. The big, blue and fuzzy James P. Sullivan (Goodman) and his opinionated, one-eyed roommate Mike Wzowski (Crystal) are two professional “scare specialists” Their job is to harness the energy created when they make little kids scream. This energy is bottled and keeps their society going. When they accidentally let a young girl named Boo into their world behind the closets and under the beds, it throws their life into chaos. Boo finds out that the monsters are more scared of her than she is of them.

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"Cool Runnings" (PG - 98 Minutes - 1993)
Baisley Pond Park
Wednesday, July 23rd - 8:20 pm

Cool Runnings goes for the gold with hilarious results. A tale of pride, determination, and dignity based on the true story of four Jamaican athletes going to extremes to compete as Olympic bobsled racers and somehow make their impossible dreams come true.

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"Back to the Future" (PG - 116 Minutes - 1985)
Baisley Pond Park
Wednesday, July 30th - 8:14 pm

1980s teenager Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is transported back in time to 1955 where he accidentally changes the course of history through a series of comic misadventures and finds he must return things to the way they were, back to the future.

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"Star Trek" (PG-13 - 126 Minutes - 2009)
Baisley Pond Park
Wednesday, August 6th - 8:06 pm

The fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of bitter rivals. One, James Kirk, is a delinquent, thrill-seeking Iowa farm boy. The other, Spock, was raised in a logic-based society that rejects all emotion. As fiery instinct clashes with calm reason, their unlikely but powerful partnership is the only thing capable of leading their crew through unimaginable danger, boldly going where no one has gone before.

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Rain Date / Community Karaoke
Baisley Pond Park
Wednesday, August 13th - 7:57 pm

We're not yet sure what is going to take place in Baisley Pond Park on Wednesday, August 13th. If one of our scheduled feature films has been "rained out", then we'll use the day and time to show that film. If none of the movies that were scheduled was rained out, then we'll spend the evening supporting neighbors who dare to sing their favorite songs in front of other neighbors. If you've never seen our version of community karaoke, then come early to one of our regular screenings to see how it works. Yikes!

St. Albans Park - Merrick Boulevard @ Sayres Avenue (Thursdays)

Click Here to Download the 2014 Saint Albans Park Family Movies in the Park Flyer

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"Monsters, Inc." (G - 92 Minutes - 2001)
St. Albans Park
Thursday, July 17th - 8:25 pm

This animated feature from the creators of Toy Story shows us the life behind the scenes of things that go bump in the night. The big, blue and fuzzy James P. Sullivan (Goodman) and his opinionated, one-eyed roommate Mike Wzowski (Crystal) are two professional “scare specialists” Their job is to harness the energy created when they make little kids scream. This energy is bottled and keeps their society going. When they accidentally let a young girl named Boo into their world behind the closets and under the beds, it throws their life into chaos. Boo finds out that the monsters are more scared of her than she is of them.

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"Cool Runnings" (PG - 98 Minutes - 1993)
St. Albans Park
Thursday, July 24th - 8:20 pm

Cool Runnings goes for the gold with hilarious results. A tale of pride, determination, and dignity based on the true story of four Jamaican athletes going to extremes to compete as Olympic bobsled racers and somehow make their impossible dreams come true.

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"Back to the Future" (PG - 116 Minutes - 1985)
St. Albans Park
Thursday, July 31st - 8:13 pm

1980s teenager Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is transported back in time to 1955 where he accidentally changes the course of history through a series of comic misadventures and finds he must return things to the way they were, back to the future.

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"Star Trek" (PG-13 - 126 Minutes - 2009)
St. Albans Park
Thursday, August 7th - 8:05 pm

The fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of bitter rivals. One, James Kirk, is a delinquent, thrill-seeking Iowa farm boy. The other, Spock, was raised in a logic-based society that rejects all emotion. As fiery instinct clashes with calm reason, their unlikely but powerful partnership is the only thing capable of leading their crew through unimaginable danger, boldly going where no one has gone before.

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Rain Date / Karaoke Night
St. Albans Park
Thursday, August 14th - 7:56 pm

We're not yet sure what is going to take place in St. Albans Park on Thursday, August 14th. If one of our scheduled feature films has been "rained out", then we'll use the day and time to show that film. If none of the movies that were scheduled was rained out, then we'll spend the evening supporting neighbors who dare to sing their favorite songs in front of other neighbors. If you've never seen our version of community karaoke, then come early to one of our regular screenings to see how it works. Yikes!

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Support for Family Movies in the Park has been provided by:

New York State Senator Malcolm Smith
New York State Assembly Member Barbara Clark
New York State Assembly Member William Scarborough
New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
New York City Queens Borough President Melinda Katz
New York City Queens Borough President Helen Marshall (Former)
New York City Council Member I. Daneek Miller
New York City Council Member Ruben Wills
New York City Council Member Leroy Comrie (Former)
New York City Council Member James Sanders, Jr. (Former)
New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
New York City Department of Youth and Community Development
EmblemHealth
Greater Jamaica Development Corporation
Independence Community Foundation
Queens Council on the Arts
Resorts World Casino New York City
Walmart

A Better Jamaica, Inc. * 114-73 178th Street * Jamaica, New York 11434 * Phone: (718) 657-2605