CENTRAL PARK — New York City-based movies is the central theme for free screenings coming to the park this week.
The line-up for the Central Park Conservancy's Film Festival, running Monday through Saturday, from Aug. 22 to Aug. 27, include "I am Legend," Stuart Little" and "School of Rock" — all of which use the city as their backdrop.
The festival launches in Harlem's Marcus Garvey Park on Monday and Tuesday, in partnership with Historic Harlem Parks.
Each event will include a set by a guest DJ, who will play from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and the movies begin at 7 p.m.
Here's the complete line-up:
Marcus Garvey Park, Fifth Avenue and 124th Street
► "School of Rock" on Monday, Aug. 22.
Rated PG-13, 108 min.
A heavy metal guitarist finds himself teaching elite elementary school students and decides to enter them into a battle-of-the-bands competition featuring songs by The Who, Led Zeppelin and AC/DC.
► "The Last Dragon" on Tuesday, Aug. 23.
Rated PG-13, 109 min.
A martial-arts fanatic trains to become like Bruce Lee and one day rescues television personality Vanity from an evil businessman. He tries to keep her safe but to do so, he must defeat a gang leader named "Sho-nuff," the "Shogun of Harlem."
Central Park's Sheep Meadow and the 72nd Street Cross Drive
► "I Am Legend" on Wednesday, Aug. 24
Rated PG-13, 100 min.
Scientist Robert Neville, played by Will Smith, is the last man on Earth who struggles to fight back infected survivors of a plague that has affected the entire population of New York City.
► "Tootsie" on Thursday, Aug. 25
Rated PG, 116 min.
Actor Michael Dorsey applies for a job as a female character on a popular soap opera and poses as "Miss Dorothy Michaels." He wins the part but falls for his co-star.
► "Desperately Seeking Susan" on Friday, Aug. 26
Rated PG-13, 104 min.
Roberta, a New Jersey housewife, reads classified ads to follow the romance of Jim, a struggling musician, and Susan, a SoHo vamp who's just narrowly escaped being murdered, but loses her memory and believes that she is Susan. Roberta find herself romanced by Jim, as her husband, Susan and a mobster who wants her dead pursue her.
► "Stuart Little" on Saturday, Aug. 27
Rated PG, 85 min.
The Little family, who lives in a brownstone near Central Park, decide to adopt a boy from an orphanage, but they fall in love with a mouse named Stuart instead. They adopt him much to the dismay of their house cat Snowball.
Films will run rain or shine. Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic and a blanket, but alcohol, glass, chairs and recorders of any kind, are prohibited, the conservancy says.
Cool Haus, Andy’s Italian Ices, and other snacks available for purchase.