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Film on the Rocks 2017 lineup: ‘Superbad,’ ‘Rogue One’ and more

Everything is better at Red Rocks, whether it’s music or movies. In addition to the iconic venue’s stellar summer concert series, the Denver Film Society has announced its 2017 Film on the Rocks schedule and as always, the programming is filled with a diverse blend of films.

From bawdy comedies to recent blockbusters to family-friendly fare and musicals, Film on the Rocks once again offers an intriguing mix of choices for every type of movie fan. Add on performances from local bands and comedians, and each of the series’ nine screenings promises to be a fun and full night for attendees. Check out the full 2017 schedule below and click on the film’s title to get your Film on the Rocks tickets right here on AXS.com.

Superbad – May 15
Celebrate the tenth anniversary of this raunchy high school comedy with a special screening of the film under the stars. Michael Cera, Jonah Hill and Christopher Mintz-Plasse star in the movie that introduced us to McLovin, the greatest single-name moniker this side of Fabio.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – May 22
Although The Force Awakens was a massive success, it was a pretty big gamble for the team at Lucasfilm to make a stand-alone prequel to the original Star Wars (blame Jar Jar for Star Wars prequel jitters). Rogue One: A Star Wars Story exceeded expectations, however, with some critics hailing it as the best film in the entire series. Catch it again at Red Rocks before The Last Jedi soars into theaters on Christmas.

Long Strange Trip – May 25
This new documentary on the Grateful Dead certainly has the “long” part down: the film clocks in at nearly four hours according to IMDB. But like the Dead’s epic jams, the sprawling history of this iconic band takes time to unfold. With the Dead having played 20 times at Red Rocks, it’s the perfect place to see the film before it makes its debut on Amazon Prime the following week.

Dirty Dancing – June 5
Have the time of your life at a screening of this ‘80s movie about ‘60s dancing starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. The film is absolutely loaded with memorable lines and moments and Film on the Rocks will give you one more chance to enjoy it before the remake ruins your memories of the original after it hits theaters in July.

Fan Favorite Wedding Film – June 12
Film on the Rocks is switching things up a bit this year by letting fans vote on one of the screenings. In honor of wedding season, Denver Film Society has shortlisted a dozen disparate wedding-themed movies for fans to vote on. Head over to Westword.com between April 27 and May 4 to choose from Father of the Bride, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Kill Bill Volume 1, Melancholia, Bridesmaids, Princess Bride, Sixteen Candles, Steel Magnolias, The Graduate, The Wedding Singer, Wedding Crashers and The Hangover. The winner will be announced on May 12.

The Fifth Element – June 19
Although the film was a bit too quirky to catch on with audiences when it was released in the summer of 1997, Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element has gained a substantial cult following in the years since. That’s partly due to its remarkable set design and costuming, as well as unforgettable supporting performances from Gary Oldman and Chris Tucker. The cosplay for this one should be tremendous.

The Lego Movie – July 17
If you heard about The Lego Movie and rolled your eyes at the lack of originality in Hollywood, you’re not alone. But amazingly, The Lego Movie is actually one of the best examples in the ever growing genre of toy-based cinema, as it’s both genuinely funny and creatively inspired. Much like the toy sets themselves, The Lego Movie is something both kids and adults can agree on.

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – July 20
This 1994 musical comedy is another film that has built a sizeable cult following in the decades since its release. Starring Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce and Terence Stamp, this film about drag performers traversing the unforgiving Australian landscape (and audiences) has become an underground classic. If you’ve never seen it, watching with a large and enthusiastic crowd should be an ideal introduction.

Twister – Sept. 11
The Film on the Rocks series wraps up with a tribute to the late character actor Bill Paxton, who starred in Twister alongside Helen Hunt as a struggling married couple who chase tornadoes across the midwest to test their advanced weather alert system. It’s one of the more overlooked blockbusters of the ‘90s and a fitting end to the whirlwind season of Film on the Rocks (sorry, we couldn’t resist).

For more information and offers on Film on the Rocks, including special VIP experiences, visit the official site of the Denver Film Society.