Pirates, monsters and aliens take over the movies

The Missing Link (Will Arnett, from left), Ginormica (Reese Witherspoon), B.O.B. (Seth Rogen), Insectosaurus and Dr. Cockroach, Ph.D. (Hugh Laurie) are defenders of the planet in “Monsters vs. Aliens.”

Thursday at 10 a.m., head over to Carmike James Island 8, 1956 Maybank Highway, and catch a showing of “Monsters vs. Aliens.”

This DreamWorks animated comedy is about a woman (voiced by Reese Witherspoon) who, after becoming a giant after being struck by a meteorite, becomes part of a team of monsters sent in by the U.S. government to defeat an alien mastermind trying to take over Earth.

In addition to Witherspoon, the film features the voice talents of Rainn Wilson, Seth Rogen, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett, Kiefer Sutherland, Paul Rudd and local Stephen Colbert.

The $2 admission includes a drink and popcorn. For more, call 762-4904.

The family movie fun continues Thursday at The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island. As an added bonus, you get to float around the pool while watching “ The Pirates! Band of Misfits.” The show begins at 8:45 p.m.

The animated film follows Pirate Captain (Hugh Grant) as he sets out to defeat his rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) for the Pirate of the Year Award.

Admission is free and the Loggerhead Grill will extend its hours through the end of the event. Call 768-6296 or go to www.kiawahresort.com/accommodations/the-sanctuary for more info.

Cinebarre, 963 Houston Northcutt Blvd., in Mount Pleasant wraps up its summer film series Wednesday with a showing of “Across the Universe.”

The movie features music of the Beatles with the Vietnam War as the backdrop for the romance between an upper-class American girl and a poor Liverpudlian artist.

Admission to the film is free; food, music and fun starts at 6 p.m. and the movie starts at dark. Bring a blanket and/or chair and enjoy a movie under the stars.

Go to cinebarre.com.

Don’t forget about the South Carolina Aquarium’s Shark Week event “Jaws” on the Lawn on Thursday!

The lawn opens at 7 p.m. and the movie is set to start at dark. Bring chairs or blankets. Snacks, sodas and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. The movie is free, but donations for the conservation programs at the aquarium will be accepted.

For more info, check out scaquarium.org/SharkWeek.