The Denver Film Society and Denver Arts & Venues have announced the schedule and dates for Film on the Rocks 2019, the annual film and live entertainment series that takes place at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in the Denver-adjacent city of Morrison. The series will feature seven films, and the fun kicks off on May 10 and wraps up on Aug. 19. Tickets for each individual showing are now on sale. The viewing of each film will be preceded by a live concert and a performance by a locally-based comedian.
Film on the Rocks was created to provide an inexpensive opportunity for the community to experience film and live entertainment at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and the event celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Here’s a look at the seven blockbusters that’ll be featured during Film on the Rocks 2019.
Friday, May 10 – “Titanic” (Tickets)
Everyone knows what happened to the RMS Titanic; she hit an iceberg and sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, killing more than 1500 passengers and crew. But the tragedy is really personalized in this 1997 Oscar-winning classic film as a touching love story plays out between stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet before and during the tragic sinking. The Titanic didn’t make it through her maiden voyage but this film continues to sail straight into the hearts of film buffs. Also starring Billy Zane, Kathy Bates and Bill Paxton.
Tuesday, May 28 – “Bohemian Rhapsody” (Tickets)
It will soon be 30-years since the death of Freddie Mercury, the revered frontman for classic rock band Queen, but the singer and his band and their story are today one of the hottest in rock music. This 2018 film features an Oscar-winning performance from Rami Malek, who portrays Mercury with such accuracy and intensity that many viewers are brought to tears. The film specifically chronicles Queen’s career in the time span leading up to their performance at the 1985 Live Aid festival, which in the film is also when Mercury reveals to his bandmates that he has HIV/AIDS. The affliction would kill him six years later.
Monday, June 3 – “Ghostbusters” (Tickets)
The “Who ya gonna call?” line from this film’s title song became an instant catchphrase back in 1984 and to this day folks will answer the question with a resounding “Ghostbusters!” At the time, “Ghostbusters” was the highest grossing comedy film worldwide. Many may not realize that the film was originally written by stars Dan Akroyd and Harold Ramis to feature John Belushi, but after Belushi died the pair revamped the script. Akroyd and Ramis were joined by Bill Murray in this goofily-hilarious classic about ghost hunters in New York City.
Monday, June 17 – “Mean Girls” (Tickets)
Written by Tina Fey, this high school comedy stars Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams and Fey along with her “Saturday Night Live” cohorts Ana Gasteyer, Tim Meadows and Amy Poehler. About how clique-ish and nasty teenagers can be, Fey presents high school horrors in a very funny light, especially when the tables are turned on the mean girls. The concept for this film has been turned into a Broadway musical that will be touring the country after its run in New York City is finished.
Monday, July 1 – “Top Gun” (Tickets)
One of the all-time favorites in the Tom Cruise canon, “Top Gun” was a bit of a sleeper as it opened to mixed reviews. But about a month into its run the film went nuts and the rest is history. Centering on Cruise as fighter pilot “Maverick” Mitchell and Anthony Edwards as “Goose” Bradshaw, the film has been praised not only for its acting but also for its portrayal of aerial stunts. Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Tim Robbins, Meg Ryan and Michael Ironside also star. It’s been a long time coming, but a sequel set for release sometime next year is currently in the works.
Monday, Aug. 5 – “The Mighty Ducks” (Tickets)
The third and final comedy presented in the Film on the Rocks 2019 series, “The Mighty Ducks” stars Emilio Estevez as an egotistic lawyer who takes on the task of coaching a misfit group of youth hockey players as community service and a way to get out of a drunk driving bust. When Estevez, as Gordon Bombay, first begins working with the kids, they have no gear, no place to practice, and most importantly, no skills. Hilarity ensues as Bombay works to turn things around, of course getting constantly sidetracked along the way.
Tuesday, Aug. 19 – “Free Solo” (Tickets)
The series closes out with this documentary about how Alex Honnold became the first person ever to free solo climb the 3,000-foot vertical rock face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. The incredible feat is fraught with nail-biting moments and thrills galore, as well as breathtaking scenery. Honnold made his ascent up El Capitan in 2017 and this film was released last year; it has been nominated for a dozen major awards since and won the Academy Award for best documentary feature earlier this year.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with live entertainment beginning at 7 p.m. and movies beginning at dusk. For more information about Film on the Rocks 2019 go here.