STUART – Lyric Theatre has announced its schedule of free summer movies sponsored by Michael and Marie Braid. The line-up includes several classics set to be shown Saturdays and Sundays July 23 through August 14.

Here’s what you can expect to see.

Saturday, July 23 at 3 p.m.
Sunday, July 24 at 5 p.m.

R | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

JJ ‘Jake’ Gittes is a private detective who seems to specialize in matrimonial cases. He is hired by Evelyn Mulwray when she suspects her husband Hollis, builder of the city’s water supply system, of having an affair. Gittes does what he does best and photographs him with a young girl but in the ensuing scandal, it seems he was hired by an impersonator and not the real Mrs. Mulwray. When Mr. Mulwray is found dead, Jake is plunged into a complex web of deceit involving murder, incest and municipal corruption all related to the city’s water supply. Winner of 1 Oscar. Starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway.

The Usual Suspects
Saturday, July 23 at 6 p.m.
Sunday, July 24 at 2 p.m.

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

After a number of people are killed and a cargo ship set on fire, Roger ‘Verbal’ Kint is questioned by U.S. Customs Agent Dave Kujan. Reluctant at first, Verbal begins to tell them what happened starting with when he met four men, all criminals, sharing a holding cell for a few hours. Together, they join forces to successfully hijack a jewel shipment and head to Los Angeles to lay low. There they are contacted by a lawyer, Kobayashi, representing the much-feared international criminal Keyser Söze who wants them to do a job for him. The result is the attack on the cargo ship. Verbal refuses to give evidence in the case and is set free. Only then does Kujan realize what’s really happened. Winner of 2 Oscars. Starring Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne and Chazz Palminteri.

Gone with the Wind
Saturday, July 30 at 2 p.m.
Sunday, July 31 at 2 p.m.

G | 222 min | Drama, History, Romance

This tale of the Old South from the start of the Civil War through to the period of reconstruction focuses on the beautiful Scarlett O’Hara. Before the start of the war life at the O’Hara plantation, Tara, could only be described as genteel. She is very much looking forward to a barbecue at the nearby Wilkes plantation as she will get to see the man she loves, Ashley Wilkes. She hears that he is to marry his cousin Melanie Hamilton. Now living in Atlanta, Scarlett sees the ravages that war brings. She also becomes re-acquainted with Rhett Butler, whom she had first met at the Wilkes barbecue. She still pines for the married Ashley and dreams of his return. With the war lost, she returns to Tara and faces the hardship of Tara being sold at auction to collect the taxes. She has becomes hardened and bitter and will do anything to ensure she will never again be poor and hungry. With its magnificent cinematography and sweeping score, this proves to be a cherished classic. Winner of 8 Oscars. Starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable.

The Manchurian Candidate
Saturday, August 6 at 3 p.m.
Sunday, August 7 at 5 p.m.

Not Rated | 126 min | Drama, Thriller

Major Ben Marco is an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army. He served valiantly as a captain in the Korean war and his Sergeant, Raymond Shaw, even won the Medal of Honor. Marco has a major problem however: he has a recurring nightmare, one where two members of his squad are killed by Shaw. He’s put on indefinite sick leave and visits Shaw in New York. Shaw for his part has established himself well, despite the misgivings of his domineering mother, Mrs. Eleanor Shaw Iselin. She is a red-baiter, accusing anyone who disagrees with her right-wing reactionary views of being a Communist. Raymond hates her, not only for how she’s treated him but equally because of his step-father, the ineffectual U.S. Senator John Iselin, who is intent on seeking higher office. When Marco learns that others in his Korean War unit have nightmares similar to his own, he realizes that something happened to all of them in Korea and that Raymond Shaw is the focal point. Nominated for 2 Oscars. Starring Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey and Janet Leigh.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Saturday, August 6 at 6 p.m.
Sunday, August 7 at 2 p.m.

Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama
Frank Capra’s classic comedy-drama about government and the American spirit. Jimmy Stewart is an idealistic senator who tries to stem the tide of graft he finds around him. Claude Rains is a corrupt colleague, Jean Arthur a jaded secretary who joins Stewart’s crusade. Political heavyweights decide that Jefferson Smith (James Stewart), an obscure scoutmaster in a small town, would be the perfect dupe to fill a vacant U.S. Senate chair. Surely this naive bumpkin can be easily controlled by the senior senator (Claude Rains) from his state, a respectable and corrupted career politician. Director Frank Capra fills the movie with Smith’s wide-eyed wonder at the glories of Washington, all of which ring false for his cynical secretary (Jean Arthur), who doesn’t believe for a minute this rube could be for real. But he is. Capra was repeating the formula of a previous film, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, but this one is even sharper; Stewart and Arthur are brilliant, and the former cowboy star Harry Carey lends a warm presence to the role of the vice president. Bright, funny, and beautifully paced, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is Capra’s ode to the power of innocence–an idea so potent that present-day audiences may find themselves wishing for a new Mr. Smith in Congress. The 1939 Congress was none too thrilled about the film’s depiction of their august body, denouncing it as a caricature; but even today, Capra’s jibes about vested interests and political machines look as accurate as ever.

Saturday, August 13 at 3 p.m.
Sunday, August 14 at 5 p.m.

PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

In World War II Casablanca, Rick Blaine, exiled American and former freedom fighter, runs the most popular nightspot in town. The cynical lone wolf Blaine comes into the possession of two valuable letters of transit. When Nazi Major Strasser arrives in Casablanca, the sycophantic police Captain Renault does what he can to please him, including detaining a Czechoslovak underground leader Victor Laszlo. Much to Rick’s surprise, Lazslo arrives with Ilsa, Rick’s one time love. Rick is very bitter towards Ilsa, who ran out on him in Paris, but when he learns she had good reason to, they plan to run off together again using the letters of transit. Well, that was their original plan.. Winner of 3 Oscars. Starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman.

An American in Paris
Saturday, August 13 at 6 p.m.
Sunday, August 14 at 2p.m.

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

Jerry Mulligan is an ex-serviceman who stayed on in Paris after the war. He’s now a struggling artist trying to sell his paintings on the sidewalk. He’s had little luck until the rich Milo Roberts sees him. She offers to help him with his career but is clearly more interested in Jerry than his work. She rents a studio for him and plans his first exhibition. For his part, Jerry falls for a lovely young French woman he sees in a nightclub, Lise Bouvier. She however is being pursued by Jerry’s friend, entertainer Henri Baurel. When Baurel gets the opportunity to tour in the US, he wants Lise to marry him so they can go together. She is in love with Jerry but feels she can’t abandon Henri who saved her during the war. She has only a short time to decide. Winner of 6 Oscars. Starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant and directed by Vincente Minnelli.

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