Chris Hicks: No new movies that interest you? Try a tried-and-true classic

Published: Thursday, Jan. 9 2014 3:25 p.m. MST

“Sun Valley Serenade” (1940, b/w). If you’re a fan of this film — and from the number of queries I’ve received about whether it will ever be released on DVD, there are a lot of you out there — here’s your chance to see this frothy winter romantic musical as Henie, John Payne, Milton Berle, Joan Davis, Lynn Bari and the incomparable Nicholas Brothers, along with Glenn Miller, come together at the titular Idaho resort. (Friday, Jan. 24, 7 p.m., free, BYU, Provo)

“Ivanhoe” (1952). Vividly and colorfully photographed in British locations, this adaptation of Sir Walter Scott’s novel set in the Middle Ages is exciting stuff, with that MGM sheen and a rich cast, led by Robert Taylor, Joan Fontaine and Elizabeth Taylor. (Tuesday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m., SCERA Center, Orem)

“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (1986, PG-13). Hugely popular, very funny John Hughes teen comedy starring Matthew Broderick as a wisecracking con artist skipping high school with friends for a day. Don’t leave before the end credits are completely over. (Sunday, Jan. 26, 2 p.m., and Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2 and 7 p.m., Cinemark Theatres)

“The Glenn Miller Story” (1954). One of Stewart’s biggest hits was this sentimental biography of the best-selling big-band leader who perished when his plane disappeared during a World War II European USO tour. Stewart is great, and June Allyson as his wife is very good, but the music’s the thing, and there’s plenty of it. (Tuesday, Feb. 4, 10 a.m., SCERA Center, Orem)

“Groundhog Day” (1993, PG). Murray is at his best playing a snarky, self-centered weatherman caught up in a time loop, doomed to repeat the same day over and over until he becomes a better person. Could have become redundant and boring but the comic fine-tuning of each repeated sequence is perfect from beginning to end. (Sunday, Feb. 2, 2 p.m., and Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2 and 7 p.m., Cinemark Theatres)

“The Farmer’s Wife” (1928, b/w, silent). This British rural romantic comedy was directed by none other than Alfred Hitchcock, and it’s a surprisingly pleasant endeavor about a widower wooing local ladies, only to be repeatedly turned down. Will he finally see his loyal housekeeper as more than just a cook and cleaner? (Friday, Feb. 6-7, The Organ Loft, 7:30 p.m., with live organ accompaniment)

“Sleepless in Seattle” (1993, PG). Unabashedly old-fashioned romantic comedy, the second of three pairings of Hanks and Ryan, is funny and sweet. Just-engaged Ryan hears widowed, single-father Hanks on a call-in radio show and has an epiphany that he’s her destiny. Lots of allusions to “An Affair to Remember.” (Sunday, Feb. 9, 2 p.m., and Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2 and 7 p.m., Cinemark Theatres)

Chris Hicks is the author of "Has Hollywood Lost Its Mind? A Parent’s Guide to Movie Ratings." Website: www.hicksflicks.com

Email: hicks@deseretnews.com

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