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.