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Urbandale Public Library/Aliens, Astronauts, and More!

Summer Movies for Adults

It’s a sci-fi summer!  In keeping with our Summer Reading Program theme, “A Universe of Stories,” we’re offering a great mix of classic and contemporary science fiction films about outer space, space travel, aliens, and other related topics this June and July.

For adults 18+ only, please.



Friday Flicks – Fridays, 1:00 PM

June 7:  Planet of the Apes (G, 112 min. 1968).   An astronaut crew crash-lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved.  Starring Charleton Heston and Roddy McDowall.

June 14:  Apollo 13  (PG, 140 minutes, 1995).   NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy.   Directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise, and Ed Harris.

June 21:  Contact  (PG, 153 minutes, 1997).   Dr. Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster), after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of extraterrestrial intelligence, sending plans for a mysterious machine.  Starring Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey.

June 28:  Solo: A Star Wars Story (PG-13, 135 minutes, 2018).  During an adventure into the criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his future co-pilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion.  Directed by Ron Howard and starring Woody Harrelson and Emilia Clarke.

July 5:  Star Trek (PG-13, 128 minutes, 2009).  The brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father’s legacy with Mr. Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful Romulan from the future creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time.  Directed by J.J. Abrams and starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Zoe Saldana.

July 12:  Interstellar (PG-13, 169 minutes, 2014).  A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity’s survival.  Starring Matthew  McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Jessica Chastain.

July 19:  Passengers (PG 13, 116 minutes, 2016).  A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early.  Starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt.

July 26:  First Man (PG-13, 141 minutes, 2018).  A look at the life of astronaut Neil Armstrong and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.  Starring Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy.


Movie Night for Adults, 6:00 PM. 

June 27:  Alien (R, 117 minutes, 1979).  After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious life form, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. Directed by Ridley Scott and starring Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, and John Hurt.

July 25:  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy  (PG, 110 minutes, 2005).  Mere seconds before the Earth is to be demolished by an alien construction crew, journeyman Arthur Dent is swept off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher penning a new edition of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”  Starring Martin Freeman, Yasiin Bey, and Sam Rockwell.