Category - Movies

FFTC’s Guide to Free and Cheap Summer Movies
Family Movie Night Ideas – Descriptions and Parental Guidance
My Friend Raffi – Review

FFTC’s Guide to Free and Cheap Summer Movies

Summer movies in the park are a classic choice to enjoy together — especially outside where they are free! And for an indoor option to beat the summer heat, movie theaters with free or bargained price summer programs are also scattered around the Twin Cities. For year-round cheap flicks: Twin Cities Cheap Flicks.

Lake Harriet Park Movie Night

Please note, many of these events are already or likely to be cancelled. We are doing our best to keep up with the schedules, but they change quickly. All June movies have been cancelled with the except of the following event:

Drive-In Movie Showing of “Onward” June 4

A FREE drive-in movie experience in the Burnsville Ice Center parking lot. FREE popcorn will be provided by Emagine Theatres. 8-11pm.

Get started planning your best summer!

Everything under the sun you need to know about family fun this summer in the Twin Cities. Beat boredom and fill your long school break days exploring the best the Twin Cities has to offer in the way of parks, swim spots, community entertainment and local festivals with our Ultimate Summer Events Guide.

Enter our Summer to Remember Family Adventure!

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Family Movie Night Ideas – Descriptions and Parental Guidance

Whether it is movies in the park, DVDs or streaming, we tend to see the same movie offerings – a few that we can call the “movies of the year” and some classics that keep coming around. We are gathering Family Movie Night ideas into one place with short reviews, parental guidance, and links to longer reviews when we have them. I’ve also included reviews from past film festivals because many of these movies are now streaming or available through your public library. In these cases, I’ve added a language notation.


Note: No one on the FFTC staff has a film background. We are parents with opinions. If you disagree with these reviews or just want to add your own thoughts, we welcome your opinions in the comments, the more real parent opinions the better.

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My Friend Raffi – Review

My Friend Raffi at MSPIFF

Image courtesy Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

My Friend Raffi is the fantastical story of a hamster who, hours after open heart surgery, is accidentally kidnapped and the parallel adventures he and his boy have until they are re-united.

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