Outdoor Summer Movies in Cumming GA

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday May 19, 2014 Under Event Productions

Summer Outdoor Movies in Cumming GA Forsyth County
Outdoor Summer Movies in Cumming GA, Forsyth County

Get out the blankets, bug spray and lawn chairs! Free family outdoor movie nights are coming to Vickery Village in Cumming GA this summer. Vickery Village is located on Post Road in Cumming. All events are free and will start at sundown.

The 2014 Outdoor Summer Movie Line-up in Cumming GA:
Wednesday, June 4th: Disney’s Frozen
Wednesday, June 18th: Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Wednesday, July 9th: Rio 2
Wednesday, July 23rd: The Lego Movie

Events sponsored by The Chill Hill and Sidney’s Pizza. Event production by Southern Outdoor Cinema

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For more information about free outdoor movie events in Forsyth County and around Atlanta ollow Georgia Movies in the Park on Facebook.

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Memorial Day: 4 Movies to Watch

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday May 19, 2014 Under Movie Articles

Movies About Memorial Day

Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday of May in memory of all of the men and women who gave their lives in service to our great country. It began just after the Civil War, as a way to remember all of the soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the war, and has developed into what it is today which is a holiday honoring all Americans who died while in the military. Many great movies have been made that are perfect to watch in celebration of Memorial Day, and here are a few of the favorites.

Flags of our Fathers

Flags of our Fathers is a story based on the lives of the soldiers who fought in Iwo Jima during World War II but more specifically, the soldiers who are depicted in the pose raising the American flag over Iwo Jima. Ryan Phillipe, Jesse Bradford, and Adam Beach play the parts of three soldiers who survived that terrible battle, and who find themselves touring the states, re-enacting that all too famous pose, to help sell war bonds. As simple as the task might seem, it is almost more than the three men can handle as it brings to surface memories of an event in their lives that produces nothing more than feelings of guilt over their survival. The son of one of the three men (Tom McCarthy) is asked to interview the others in order to find out exactly what happened to his father during that specific battle. The question is, will he able to handle the answer, and the only way to find out is to watch Flags of our Fathers.

Born on the Fourth of July

Born on the Fourth of July tells the story of Ron Kovic (Tom Cruise), once the small town all around athlete but now one of the paralyzed remnants of a war that changed many lives forever. The Vietnam War was a war that was affecting the lives of many, but that didn’t seem to stop Ron from leaving his comfortable life to join the Marines to fight in the very same war. Ron’s expectations, as well as his enthusiasm, were high however they were met with a completely different reality from the moment that he was shipped over to Vietnam. In fact, his life is shattered as a result of two different incidences that occur while fighting in the war in that he mistakenly kills one of his very own men, and he gets wounded by a bullet that leaves him completely paralyzed from the chest down. Ron returns home a totally different man than the one that left for the war previously, and he falls into a depression that leaves him a drunken mess in Mexico. But Ron finds the will to pull it together, and becomes an activist in the fight against the war thus changing his life for the better.

The Messenger

Ben Foster stars as Will Montgomery, a soldier whose last hope for a new start is a post in the Casualty Notification Office during the Iraq War. Will is lucky enough to cheat death while in combat and spends much of his military career in military hospitals. During this time he finds out that his girlfriend (Jena Malone) is moving on without him which is a crushing blow in and of itself. Will understands just what it means to be faced with the reality of dying in battle, but isn’t certain that he is ready to be the one informing families that their loved one has died whether in battle or not. Will finds himself in training for the position under the mentorship of senior officer Tony (Woody Harrelson), and the two develop a bond that helps both adjust to things more effectively. Will eventually finds himself attracted to the widow (Samantha Morton) of another soldier who was killed in the war, and is faced with a dilemma of whether or not being in a relationship with the widow of another soldier is ethically proper or not. .


In a war that was being fought for a belief that we are all in fact created equal, the fact that racism kept blacks from effectively participating in the Civil War is astonishing. But it was a reality that the all-black members of the Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, 54th Regiment, were faced with each and every day. Glory is the story of the men in the 54th Regiment, and exactly what they went through despite the fact that they were putting their lives on the line like everyone else. They were the true heroes and they were under the leadership of Col. Robert Gould Shaw (Matthew Broderick), the son of an abolitionist (Jane Alexander) who was quite influential during that particular time in history. Shaw spends a good amount of time trying to get his men the same privileges, as well as amenities, as the white soldiers were getting but to no avail. Despite the way that they are treated, and the fact that they are all given an opportunity to quit, the men of the 54th Regiment push forward. In fact, it is this very same all-black group of men that fights a battle against 1,000 Confederate soldiers, a battle that may just make a difference in the outcome of the entire war.


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2014 – Atlanta Outdoor Movie Guide

Posted by Paul Murray on Thursday May 15, 2014 Under Company News

2014 Atlanta Outdoor Movie Guide

Get out the blankets, bug spray and lawn chairs! Free family outdoor movie nights are returning to Atlanta and North Georgia this summer and fall.

Movies in the Park™ is a multi-city outdoor movie tour features free children’s activities and family-friendly outdoor movies shown in unique and historic settings in Alpharetta / Johns Creek, Dawsonville, Woodstock and Canton. All movies start at sundown. All Movies in the Park events are free and concessions are available at most locations.

Dates and movie titles are subject to change.

Movies in the Park™ – Alpharetta / Johns Creek

Movies in the Park™ returns to Atlanta and North Georgia for another year of free outdoor movies under the stars. The multi-city outdoor movie tour features free children’s activities and family-friendly outdoor movies which are shown in unique and historic settings in Alpharetta / Johns Creek, Dawsonville, Woodstock and Canton.

Date: May 17, 2014 (Rain or shine)

Where: The Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at Encore Park
2200 Encore Pkwy, Alpharetta, GA 30009
(404) 733-5010

Gates open at 7:00.
Facepainting, concessions and giveaways
Movie: Disney’s Frozen at 8:30pm
The event is free.

Sponsors: Northside Hospital and Southern Outdoor Cinema and the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.

Movies in the Park™ – Dawsonville

Take the family on a staycation with a day spent at Lake Lanier, just a few minute drive from Atlanta. Enjoy a swim in the lake, building snowmen in the sand and an outdoor movie on the beach. Overnight camping at the park is also available (small fee may apply).

Date: June 6, 2014

War Hill Park,
4081 War Hill Park Road,
Dawsonville, GA 30534
T: 706-344-3646

Time: 8:00
Movie: Disney’s Frozen will be shown on a huge inflatable movie screen begins at Sundown.

Sponsored by: Northside Hospital Forsyth, Southern Outdoor Cinema and Dawson County Parks and Recreation

Movies in the Park™ – Canton

The Canton series which is Sponsored by Northside Hospital Cherokee in association with Southern Outdoor Cinema and The City of Canton, will be hosted in the heart of downtown Canton at Browns Park located off of Elizabeth Street. The park, which is the former site of Governor Brown home, features views of the 1925 City Hall as well as a Memorial Arch (dedicated in 1923).

The Northside Hospital Cherokee’s Movies in the Park™ Canton series is as followed:
August 30– Rio 2 (movie @ 8:45)
September 27 – The Lego Movie (movie @ 7:30)
October 25 – How to Train Your Dragon 2 (movie @ 6:50)

Gates open one hour before the movie.
Activities include face painting, kids activities and concessions

Movies in the Park™ – Woodstock

This year don’t just watch a movie outdoors. Instead, watch an outdoor movie in a historic downtown setting during the Movies in the Park™ series in historic Woodstock GA. Before the movie, take a stroll down Main Street and check out the local shops and restaurants or just watch the train roll into town.

The Woodstock series which is Sponsored by Northside Hospital Cherokee in association with Southern Outdoor Cinema and The City of Woodstock Parks & Recreation, will be hosted in the heart of downtown Woodstock at The Park at City Center off of Main Street

The Northside Hospital Cherokee’s Movies in the Park™ Woodstock series is as followed:
June 21–Mr. Peabody & Sherman (movie @ 8:50)
October 31 – How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Kids Fest starts at 3:00pm & movie @ 7:00)
December 6 – Special holiday movie (Christmas Jubilee & Parade at 5:30 & movie @ 6:50)

More Information
For a listing of Movies in the Park™ events in other Atlanta cities as well a movie titles and directions, visit Georgia Movies in the Park™ on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/GaMoviesInThePark

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Made in Georgia: Church Produces Hit Films

Posted by Paul Murray on Thursday May 15, 2014 Under Georgia Film Industry

Filmed in Georgia: Courageous

There has been a lot of talk about made in Georgia movies lately. Many well-known movies have been filmed in Georgia over the past several years. Four successful made in Georgia movies were produced by a unique production company, Sherwood Pictures, a ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church. Sherwood Pictures, located in Albany, Georgia, has been involved in this made in Georgia trend since 2003 when the movie “Flywheel” was released.

Alex Kendrick founded Sherwood Pictures, and, with the help of his brother, Stephen Kendrick, produced four successful Christian films between 2003 and 2011. The first movie, “Flywheel,” is about an untrustworthy businessman who is struggling with his business and customers as well as his family. He turns to God and turns his life around by the end of the movie. This movie was produced on a very small budget, but still managed to earn more than $37,000 in theaters. In addition, several hundred thousand copies of the DVD have been sold.

“Facing the Giants,” released in 2006, is the story of a struggling high school football coach. When he turns to God he is able to overcome his professional and personal problems. This movie was also shot on a small budget, in fact real high school football teams were used for filming.

The movie “Fireproof” also features a man struggling in his life. In this case a firefighter, Caleb Holt, is struggling in his marriage. With the threat of divorce, his father leads Caleb to God through a book and Caleb and his wife are able to save their marriage with the help of God.

“Courageous” was the most successful as well the most expensive film to produce for Sherwood Pictures. In “Courageous,” a group of police officers seek the help of God to become better parents.

All four of these films feature a similar main theme: men seeking and receiving God’s help in their personal and professional lives. With each movie the small production company enjoyed increased success. Although Sherwood pictures started with very small budgets, especially for the first film, “Flywheel,” the movies have earned a large amount at the box office when compared to their budgets.

Sherwood Baptist Church benefited financially from this venture, and Alex and Stephen Kendrick benefited professionally. The pair recently announced that they would be separating from Sherwood Pictures to form their own, independent production company, Kendrick Brothers Productions. The Kendrick brothers will continue producing Christian films and the two remain members and associate pastors at Sherwood Baptist Church.


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The Croods – Parent Movie Review by Southern Outdoor Cinema

Posted by Paul Murray on Tuesday May 13, 2014 Under Parent Movie Reviews


Knowing how to be happy with what you have might not be a way of thinking shared by many however, for Grug and the rest of the Crood family, it has quickly become second nature. With each disappearing neighbor comes an even deeper appreciation for all of the little things (or maybe not so little since we’re talking about a time when things are still made out of boulders and such). Sure, the Croods’ casa might be built into an actual cave but it keeps the family warm and dry (for the most part), and that is all that really matters. Well, that and staying clear of the super-sized critters that seem to be gobbling up everyone in the neighborhood.

But let’s be realistic now. Living in a cave could come with a number of terrible downsides but only if you had been made aware of the possible upsides at some point in time. For the Crood family, living without toilets and windows is something that has simply always been, so it has never been an issue. But that might be changing very soon.

Change is something that rarely occurs for the Crood family so it would be almost impossible for anyone in the family to notice change if it walked right up and bit one of them in the behind. But on this one day in particular, everything changed. The family had been out of the cave which was a rarity for any of them. You see, Grug was the kind of husband and father that didn’t trust anything or anyone else around so he typically made everyone stay indoors.

Anyway, the family had been out of the cave when everything around them began to shake. The shake turned into a shimmy, which in turn developed into complete chaos. The ground began to open up right under their feet and everything around them began to crumble. Their first instinct was to high tale it back to the cave but when they finally arrived, their “safe haven” was no more. Their home had been completely destroyed and for the first time, in a very long time, they had no sense of security.

The only thing that Grug could think about was the fact that they would all be eaten by the super-sized critters who were now in a total panic. Grug immediately goes into panic mode himself which turns out to be a very uncomfortable feeling.

Just when all hope seemed to be lost, Eep (the teenage daughter of the family) remembered someone that she had just met the night before. His name was Guy, and he was very different. To expand on that a little further, Guy seemed to be an individual who wasn’t simply from out of town. Guy seemed to be an individual who could have been from out of time, or at least before his time. He wore unusual things on his body and carried a little piece of the sun with him wherever he went (fire). What made Guy even more intriguing was the fact that he claimed to know something about what was happening and linked it to the end of the world as they knew it.

The question at hand turned into one of Guy’s credibility, and whether or not he could help the Crood family make it through this catastrophe at all. Eep couldn’t help but think that if she and her family simply connected with Guy in some way, they could do more than learn how to just make it through alive. Her hope was that they could learn a whole new way of living and it excited her something fierce.

Positive Elements

Grug is the kind of father that many fathers will be able to relate to. He cares deeply for his family. In fact, he cares for his family so deeply that he literally locks them in the cave to keep them safe. But can you blame him? I mean really, there are very large critters around every corner in Grugs’ neck of the woods.

And then everything falls apart. Everything but Grug anyway. Even without their wonderful cave, Grug is still a man on a mission. It is going to take more than a little catastrophic event to break Grug, and deter him from his purpose in life.

While Guy and Grug are complete opposites, they seem to share a common goal. Guy truly cares for the Croods and his unusual methods get them a very long way. Together, they make a fairly decent team. Grug learns to depend on Guy for his incredible ideas and Guy learns to submit to Grug and his ability to lead quite well.

Sexual Content

Eep seems to be going through a deficit in the area of material for her clothing because her skirt is always a bit too short and her top just a tad bit on the low side.

Guy and Eep begin to like each other (surprise, surprise) and they share a few hugs and kisses (to Grug’s dismay).

Violent Content

Much of the violence witnessed in The Croods stems from natural causes but can you expect any different when living in this particular time? There are a lot of people being consumed by very large creatures and there are even some very ferocious smaller creatures. There is even a scene where a monkey literally beats the heck out of Grug, and one where a flower eats people as they pass on by.

Outside of the natural violence, there is quite a bit of the humorous kind of violence (if there is even such a thing). The Crood family seems to really enjoy slapping, whacking and outright causing genuine pain to each other at times. You are going to have to see how they take photographs of each other. They literally smash themselves with rocks to accomplish the task.

Drug and Alcohol Content

There is one scene in particular where Belt is witnessed serving everyone what seems to be cocktails.


There are movies of every kind coming out these days so why not one like The Croods? It is unusual enough to keep your interest and it actually has a number of valuable lessons to pass on. Grug, in particular, seems to be the main character throughout the movie. It is really about his successes and failures where taking care of his family is concerned.

All in all, he does an amazing job at showing us how difficult it was to care for a family back in that time. If keeping your teenage daughter from getting into trouble with the neighboring boys wasn’t difficult enough to handle, there was the little matter of keeping her from getting eaten by a passing creature. Being a dad was quite difficult back then.

The Croods might not be appropriate for very young children but as with any other decision regarding the viewing of a movie, parents should use their better judgement when making the decision on The Croods.


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About Paul B. Murray
Paul is founder of Southern Outdoor Cinema, an outdoor cinema event production company based in Atlanta and a dad to 2 pre-teen girls. When he is is not traveling to create outdoor movie nights for communities, he is spending time playing board games, reading books and of course watching movies with his girls.

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