For children of the ’80s, nothing brings back the days of playgrounds and juice boxes like Steven Spielberg’s E.T. This epic tale of an unlikely friendship is the quintessential throwback to pre-CGI filmmaking and a pre-rehab Drew Barrymore. Some observers claim the film has a Christian subtext, others argue it’s a treatise on relationships between diverse races, and still another segment claims it’s a dark commentary on suburban boyhood. But whether you see E.T. as a Jesus-like figurehead or a first-generation X-File, it’s hard to ignore the cultural impact of the so-ugly-he’s-cute alien. Fans of the otherworldly tale are in luck. The flick will be screened as part of Miami Beach’s SoundScape Cinema Series, a schedule of free public movies. For those who haven’t experienced the monumental, 7,000-square-foot projection wall built to broadcast New World Symphony performances, the towering spectacle of light and sound is well worth a visit. So pack a picnic (Reese’s Pieces for dessert, of course), the pooches, and a blanket for a nostalgic evening under the stars.
Wed., May 30, 8 p.m., 2012