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5 Faves: Things we're excited about this week 5/9

Going to the drive-in theater is more about the experience than the movie. Though the movies themselves actually seem larger than life when enjoyed under the stars – or even under a blanket, which was the case when the McHenry Outdoor Theater opened for the season to unseasonably cool temperatures last weekend with the double feature of “Iron Man 3” and “Oz The Great And Powerful.” Drive-ins combine the best elements of seeing a first release on the big screen and watching a movie at home. Both films were great, and a must-see on the big screen, but they were made better by being able to enjoy them in the comfort of my car, dogs snoring in the back, as my husband and I split a pizza and cracked bad jokes. Years from now, I won’t remember the plots of either of these movies, but I will remember weekends spent at the drive-in theater with family and friends. This week. the theater is reshowing “Iron Man 3” followed by “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.” Tickets: $10 adults, $5 children, seniors and military. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. with the first movie starting at dusk, about 8:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 1510 Chapel Hill Road, McHenry. – Valerie Katzenstein