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Summer Movies

Summer Movies

UT Arlington presents free outdoor movies on Thursdays at 9 p.m. beginning on June 6 (excluding July 4). Students, faculty/staff, alumni and community members are welcomed. Check out the titles you missed in the cinema or enjoy them all over again with pre-home release movies. Before you can rent or buy it, EXCEL brings your favorite hit movies to the big screen on campus.

Complimentary popcorn while supplies last; other concessions for sale. Children under 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

  • Show time:  9 p.m.
  • Free Admission:  Seating on the lawn
    Bring a blanket or lawn chair
  • Location:  West Lawn behind Maverick Activities Center (map)
    500 W. Nedderman Drive
  • Parking:  Student Lot 33; open parking after 5 p.m.
    Located near 900 UTA Boulevard

The titles listed below are subject to change due to film availability. Check back often for up-to-date information.

Series Schedule

June 6

Oz the Great and Powerful

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Adventure, Family, Fantasy
James Franco, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams
109 minutes

When Oscar Diggs, a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he's hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora, Evanora and Glinda, who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone's been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz™ but into a better man as well.

Rated PG for sequences of action and scary images, and brief mild language

June 13

Jack the Giant Slayer

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Adventure, Fantasy
Nicholas Hoult, Stanley Tucci, Ewan McGregor
114 minutes

This film tells the story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Unleashed on the earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing the young man, Jack, into the battle of his life to stop them. Fighting for a kingdom, its people, and the love of a brave princess, he comes face to face with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legend—and gets the chance to become a legend himself.

Rated PG-13 for intense scenes of fantasy action violence, some frightening images and brief language.

June 20

Olympus has Fallen

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Action, Thriller
Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman
120 minutes

In the aftermath of a tragic accident involving the president and the first lady, Secret Service agent Mike Banning is handed his walking papers. When a powerful terrorist group seizes command of the White House and takes the president hostage, the entire nation watches as the Speaker of the House becomes the acting president, and plans his response. Meanwhile, Banning finds himself trapped in the White House as it comes under siege from all sides. With no choice but to fight back against the heavily-armed invaders, Banning must rely on his extensive knowledge of the building to rescue the president, and prevent the situation from spiraling into all-out war.

Rated R for strong violence and language throughout

June 27


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Comedy, Drama, Romance
Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Lily Tomlin
107 minutes

Tina Fey and Paul Rudd star in director Chris Weitz's comedy about an uptight Princeton admissions officer who encounters a teenage prodigy who may be her long lost son while recruiting students from an alternative high school. Years ago, Portia Nathan (Fey) quietly placed her newborn son up for adoption. These days, she's got a great career recruiting students for Princeton University. Then, one day, Portia receives an unexpected call from her free-spirited college classmate John Pressman (Rudd). John runs an alternative high school that's home to some very gifted student. One such student is Jeremiah (Nat Wolff). John believes that Jeremiah could be the son that Portia gave up for adoption back in her youth. Meanwhile, as Portia puts her career in jeopardy by altering Jeremiah's transcript, an unexpected romance begins to blossom.

Rated PG-13 for language and some sexual material

July 11

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

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Action, Adventure, Sc-Fi
Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis
110 minutes

In this sequel, the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. When Cobra spy Zartan has most of the Joes assassinated, the remaining Joes band together to strike back.

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of combat violence and martial arts action throughout, and for brief sensuality and language

July 18

The Croods

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Comedy, Adventure, Children, Animated
Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone
98 minutes

A prehistoric comedy adventure that follows the world's first family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always shielded them from danger is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures—and their outlook is changed forever.

Rated PG for some scary action

July 25

The Big Wedding

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Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Katherine Heigl
89 minutes

An uproarious romantic comedy about a charmingly modern family trying to survive a weekend wedding celebration that has the potential to become a full blown family fiasco. To the amusement of their adult children and friends, long divorced couple Don and Ellie Griffin are once again forced to play the happy couple for the sake of their adopted son's wedding after his ultra conservative biological mother unexpectedly decides to fly halfway across the world to attend. With all of the wedding guests looking on, the Griffins are hilariously forced to confront their past, present and future—and hopefully avoid killing each other in the process.

Rated R for language, sexual content and brief nudity

August 1

Fast & Furious 6

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Action, Crime, Thriller
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson
130 minutes

Since Dom and Brian's Rio heist toppled a kingpin's empire and left their crew with $100 million, our heroes have scattered across the globe. But their inability to return home and living forever on the lam have left their lives incomplete. Meanwhile, Hobbs has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled mercenary drivers across 12 countries, whose mastermind (Evans) is aided by a ruthless second-in-command revealed to be the love Dom thought was dead, Letty. The only way to stop the criminal outfit is to outmatch them at street level, so Hobbs asks Dom to assemble his elite team in London. Payment? Full pardons for all of them so they can return home and make their families whole again.

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action and mayhem throughout, some sexuality and language

August 8

Scary Movie 5

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Anna Faris, Anthony Anderson, Regina Hall
86 minutes

The fifth in the series that parodies all of the latest horror and thriller movies and the typical fates that befall the characters in those films.

Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content throughout, language, some drug material, partial nudity, comic violence and gore

August 22
Welcome back to school!

Star Trek Into Darkness

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Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana
132 minutes

When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew. (Written by Paramount Pictures)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence

The opinions or views expressed a these events do not necessarily represent EXCEL Campus Activities or The University of Texas at Arlington. If you need a reasonable accommodation in order to participate, please contact our office at least ten business days prior to the event for arrangements. In the event of inclement weather, the movies may be moved indoors with limited seating.

The use of alcoholic beverages is prohibited at these events in accordance with the U.T. System Regents’ Rules and Regulations (UTS Rule 80102).

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