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Duluth's 2022 Movies in the Park summer lineup announced

Starting with "Sing 2" and concluding with "Men in Black," eight movies will be screened this summer in Leif Erikson Park

Computer-generated animals, holding instruments and microphones, look out over cheering crowd.
"Sing 2" kicks off Duluth's 2022 Movies in the Park series on July 8.
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DULUTH — The Greater Downtown Council didn't need any help from PricewaterhouseCoopers to tabulate the votes for this summer's Movies in the Park lineup. Voters on social media were given a dozen movies to pick from, and Thursday the nonprofit announced the eight movies that "rose to the top" for free screenings in the annual series at Leif Erikson Park.

Here are the winners, which will play on Fridays (with one exception) at sunset.

July 8: "Sing 2" (2021). A sequel to the 2016 hit about anthropomorphic animals who face off in a singing competition.

July 17 (Sunday): "Beethoven" (1992). The first film in the immortal, beloved franchise about a charming Saint Bernard.

July 22: "Clifford the Big Red Dog" (2021). Continuing the canine theme, this movie brings Norman Bridwell's iconic character to life.

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July 29: "42" (2013). A Jackie Robinson biopic starring Chadwick Boseman as the player who broke Major League Baseball's color line.

Aug. 5: "Scoob!" (2020). Voters went to the dogs once again, picking this entry in the Scooby-Doo mystery comedy franchise.

Aug. 12: "The Little Rascals" (1994). Hal Roach's classic short films got an update for millennial kids in this live-action movie directed by Penelope Spheeris ("Wayne's World").

Aug. 19: "Trolls World Tour" (2020). Troll dolls got their start in Denmark, but they got to do some globetrotting in this flick — one of the first major movies released simultaneously in theaters and on home video due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aug. 26: "Men in Black" (1997). Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones were both at the peak of their stardom when they teamed up for this sci-fi comedy.

So what didn't win? Voters didn't show as much enthusiasm for rejects "A Dog's Purpose" (not every dog can go to heaven, or at least to Leif Erikson Park), "Respect" (Aretha Franklin fans may feel voters were a chain of fools in passing on this one), "Just Mercy" (a 2019 civil rights drama), and "Space Jam: A New Legacy" (even Bugs can't make every shot).

All screenings are free and open to the public, and concessions will be available. More information is available at downtownduluth.com .

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Arts and entertainment reporter Jay Gabler joined the Duluth News Tribune in February 2022. His previous experience includes eight years as a digital producer at The Current (Minnesota Public Radio), four years as theater critic at Minneapolis alt-weekly City Pages, and six years as arts editor at the Twin Cities Daily Planet. He's a co-founder of pop culture and creative writing blog The Tangential; and a member of the National Book Critics Circle. You can reach him at jgabler@duluthnews.com or 218-279-5536.
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