Best Of 2005

BEST NEW TREND ON THE LOCAL MOVIE FRONT: Free Movies

The only thing better than a really good movie is a really good free movie, and Tampa is suddenly swarming with ’em. Freebie programs have been popping up all over the place recently, from Sunrise Cinema’s ongoing Saturday morning Free Family Flicks (featuring classics and contemporary hits such as Madagascar and Black Beauty) to the Wednesday morning children’s program AMC was hosting over the summer (now discontinued, presumably until next summer). And don’t forget those party-like Movies in the Park outdoor screenings at Old Hyde Park Village on the first Thursday of every month. Bring a picnic basket and open a bottle of wine while you hang out beneath the stars and take in big screen fare like Phantom of the Opera (Oct. 6) and Casablanca (Nov. 3). Even the popcorn’s free. Movies in the Park, 742 S. Village Circle, www.oldhydeparkvillage.com; Sunrise Cinemas, 1609 W. Swann, Tampa, 813-258-4646; AMC Veterans 24, 9302 Anderson Road, 813-243-4955. - Lance Goldenberg