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July Brings Free Movies For Community Residents

The free Movies in the Park series is set to return to Riverbank’s Jacob Myers Park in July.

Two movies from 2017 are scheduled this summer, starting about 8:45 p.m. or just after sunset. The movie “Wonder” is set for Saturday, July 6, with “Coco” to be screened on Saturday, Aug. 3. Riverbank Parks officials note that all other park activities will close at their normal times.

The movies are presented by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, and refreshments are usually available.

“Wonder” is a 2017 American comedy-drama film based on the 2012 novel of the same name by R. J. Palacio, and starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Mandy Patinkin.

The film follows a boy with Treacher Collins syndrome trying to fit in. It received positive reviews from critics and audiences, and grossed $305 million worldwide on a $20 million budget. At the 90th Academy Awards, the film was nominated for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.

“Coco” is a 2017 American 3D computer-animated fantasy film produced by Pixar Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures.

The story follows a 12-year-old boy named Miguel who is accidentally transported to the Land of the Dead, where he seeks the help of his deceased musician great-great-grandfather to return him to his family among the living and to reverse his family’s ban on music.

The concept of the film is based on the Mexican “Day of the Dead” holiday.

“Coco” has been praised for its animation, voice acting, music, emotional story, and respect for Mexican culture. It grossed over $807 million worldwide, becoming the 15th highest-grossing animated film ever and was the 11th highest-grossing film of 2017.

Recipient of several accolades, Coco was chosen by the National Board of Review as the Best Animated Film of 2017. The film won two Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (“Remember Me”). Additionally, it also won the Best Animated Film at the BAFTA Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Critic’s Choice Movie Awards, and Annie Awards.