It’s the time when movie box office counts rise with the temperatures. The Library screens five films in July that not only reached summer blockbuster status – totaling nearly $1.3 billion in domestic ticket sales – but also rank the among all-time best big-screen offerings of the season, according to critics.
In 10 Things I Hate About You (PG-13, 97 min., 1999), a retake of Taming of the Shrew, high school student Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is smitten with lovely sophomore Bianca (Larisa Oleynik), but he finds she’s forbidden from dating until her rebellious and unpopular older sister Katarina (Julia Stiles) has a boyfriend first. So a plan emerges to set up Kat with school bad boy Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger) in order to clear the way for the younger couple’s romance.
Shakespearean drama dances across the streets and rooftops of New York in West Side Story (NR, 152 min., 1961). This classic musical reimagining of Romeo & Juliet substitutes a gangland feud between the Jets and Sharks gangs for the royal rumble Montagues and Capulets.