Strap on your sandals for the next Sundance Classics series


Billy, do you like movies about gladiators? If so, you’re in luck, as Sundance Cinemas’ next round of Sundance Classics features more swords, Romans, and sun-baked flesh than you could shake a pointed stick at.

It all begins next Wednesday with “The Ten Commandments,” Cecil B. DeMille’s bigger-than-life 1956 Biblical epic with Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, and Edward G. Robinson. Screenings are at 1:15 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Then we really hit the coliseum for some bread and circuses:

April 30 — “Gladiator” — Russell Crowe oils up and practices his patented scissor cut in this 2000 Ridley Scott Oscar winner.

May 7 — “Ben-Hur” — Heston’s back as a Jewish prince framed for murder and sold into slavery, who claws his way back for revenge with the help of one mother of a chariot race.

May 14 — “Spartacus” — Kirk Douglas is the rebellious slave turned master gladiator in Stanley Kubrick’s 1960 epic, which of course has been turned into a Starz original series.

All kidding aside, these four films are epics in every sense of the word, and should be pretty awesome to watch on the big screen.