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Super 8

When: Fri., June 22, 9 p.m. 2012

Although drive-ins are dead and telecommunications companies aspire to dispense cinema from HD screens in your pocket, the N.C. Museum of Art's summer movies on the lawn still provide a great venue for family film viewing that connects to a bygone era. Super 8 (2011) is a perfect match. J.J. Abrams wrote and directed this throwback film that picks up on some of the innocence and wonder of co-producer Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind and E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial (showing on the lawn June 29), complete with government bad guys. In the process of making a homemade zombie movie, a bunch of middle-school friends capture footage of an alien escaping a train accident. Though not as friendly as E.T., the creature prompts a coming-of-age for the young filmmakers and redemption for their parents. Hollywood's nostalgia for itself, evidenced here by the recycled plot points and the kids' own cinematic aspirations, sometimes merits eye rolling. But despite hitting several genre notes hard, Super 8 moves toward sincerity, largely because of the performances by Elle Fanning and Joel Courtney as wide-eyed kids trying to find their way through unavoidable and fantastic events to be together despite the grief and loss their parents hold onto. Bring a picnic, blankets and lawn chairs. And return on Saturday for The Descendants. Both films starts at 9 p.m., with tickets $4. —Chris Vitiello

Price: $4

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