Chris Hicks: From Hitchcock to Redford, classic films come to local theater screens

Published: Thursday, Jan. 17 2013 3:10 p.m. MST

• “Plan 9 From Outer Space” (1959, b/w, not rated, PG-level violence). More snarky fun from the RiffTrax crew, but even without them this preposterous sci-fi yarn is unintentionally hilarious, with flying saucers that look like wobbly pie tins and an over-the-top introduction by campy prognosticator Criswell. Written and directed by the notorious Ed Wood, with horror star Bela Lugosi in his last role. (Thursday, Jan. 31, Cinemark Theatres, 7:30 p.m., www.cinemark.com/movies.aspx?flag=NCM)

• “PT 109” (1963, PG-level violence). Cliff Robertson stars as John F. Kennedy before his presidency, chronicling his World War II exploits as captain of the title PT boat. Enjoyable, if routine, action picture was released just months before President Kennedy’s assassination. (Tuesday, Feb. 2, 10 a.m., SCERA Center, Orem, www.scera.org/events/view/322)

• “Saturday Night Fever” (1977, R, language, violence). As if you didn’t know, this was John Travolta’s starmaker, about an overconfident Brooklyn kid who shines at the local disco, with all of those memorable Bee Gees songs. An alternate PG cut of this film is in circulation, but according to Cinemark’s schedule this is the R-rated version. (Wednesday, Feb. 6, Cinemark Theatres, 2 and 7 p.m., www.cinemark.com/cinemark-classic-series)

• “The Freshman” (1925, b/w, silent, not rated, G-level film). One of Harold Lloyd’s best comedies (and his biggest moneymaker) is this tale of a naïve college freshman who thinks he’s popular but is really mocked behind his back. When he gets on the football team (first as a human tackle dummy, then as the waterboy) he finds an opportunity to prove himself on the field. Hysterically funny, loaded with clever sight gags. (Thursday and Friday, Feb. 7-8, The Organ Loft, 7:30 p.m., www.edisonstreetevents.com/silent-movies)

• “All That Heaven Allows” (1955, G-level film). This romantic melodrama tells the story of a middle-aged, affluent widow (Jane Wyman) who is romanced by a younger man, her gardener (Rock Hudson), setting off a storm of gossip in her elitist social circle. Slick, well-directed (by Douglas Sirk) look at class-consciousness in America circa 1955, with excellent performances. (Tuesday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m., SCERA Center, Orem, www.scera.org/events/view/322)

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