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Miami Beach Soundscape Cinema Series returns with vastly improved Spring lineup

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Now, that’s more like it! After putting out a largely underwhelming calendar of films during their Fall 2013 season, the Miami Beach New World Center have returned with a significantly improved lineup for the spring season of their popular Soundscape Cinema Series. The 2014 season, which began two weeks ago with the Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton classic Cleopatra (1963), will include public free showings of everything from musicals like Grease 2 (1982), Mary Poppins (1964) and Annie (1982) to major Oscar winners like Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln (2012) and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) to classics like Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Strangers on a Train (1951) and Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961). Perhaps realizing how anemic their lineups looked without new movies, the Soundscape has stacked their new schedule with a slew of high-profile 2013 releases, including Alfonso Cuaron’sGravity, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, World War Z, Pacific Rim, Lee Daniels’ The Butler and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

The SoundScape Cinema Series screens free films on the 7,000-square-foot outdoor projection wall at the New World Center’s ExoStage, corner of 17th Street and Washington Avenue, Miami Beach. Movies start at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays (and occasionally, on Thursdays).

A word of advise: Pack the picnic baskets, wine and hors d’oeuvres and make sure you get there at least a half-an-hour before showtimes. Spots on the lawn fill up relatively quickly –especially for newer movies. Full schedule below:

January 8 – CLEOPATRA (1963) Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz

January 15 – NOW YOU SEE ME (2013) Directed by Louis Leterrier

January 16 – PHILADELPHIA (1993) Directed by Jonathan Demme

January 22 – GREASE 2 (1982) Directed by Patricia Birch

January 23 – NINE TO FIVE (1980) Directed by Colin Higgins

January 29 – TO CATCH A THIEF (1955) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

February 5 – THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS (2002) Directed by Peter Jackson

February 12 - LINCOLN (2012) Directed by Steven Spielberg

February 13 – MARY POPPINS (1964) Directed by Robert Stevenson

February 19 – MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (2012) Directed by Joss Whedon

February 26 – HELLBOY (2004) Directed by Guillermo del Toro

March 5 – PACIFIC RIM (2013) Directed by Guillermo del Toro

March 6 – LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962) Directed by David Lean

March 12 – GYPSY (1962) Directed by Mervyn LeRoy

March 13 – O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU (2000) Directed by Joel and
Ethan Coen

March 19 – LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER (2013) Directed by Lee Daniels

March 26 – DESPICABLE ME (2010) Directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris

April 2 – BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S (1961) Directed by Blake Edwards

April 9 – STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

April 16 – GRAVITY (2013) Directed by Alfonso Cuaron

April 23 – TOMORROW NEVER DIES (1997) Directed by Roger Spottiswoode

April 30 – ANNIE (1982) Directed by John Huston

May 7 – THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (2013) Directed by Francis Lawrence

May 14 – THOR: THE DARK WORLD (2013) Directed by Alan Taylor and
James Gunn

May 21 – IRON MAN 3 (2013) Directed by Shane Black

May 28 – WORLD WAR Z (2013) Directed by Marc Forster

More information on the Soundscape Cinema Series, including information about the movies can be found at the Miami Beach Culture website.