For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Jan. 2, 2015

"The Mask of Zorro" (1998, PG-13) opens in 1821 as Spanish nobleman Don Diego de la Vega, aka Zorro (Anthony Hopkins), fights against Spain as a masked avenger during the Mexican War of Independence.

Eventually, however, a cruel governor discovers Zorro's identity and arrests him at his home, killing Diego's wife and kidnapping his infant daughter, whom he takes with him to Spain.

When the governor returns to Mexico 20 years later, Diego escapes from prison and takes on a young thief (Antonio Banderas) as an apprentice, allowing him to adopt the Zorro persona, and with his alternate identity he will ingratiate himself into the governor's company and uncover his evil plans.

"The Mask of Zorro" isn't exactly a golden oldie, but it is nearly 20 years old and very much an old-fashioned swashbuckler with lots of action, comedy and romance — the latter provided by Catherine Zeta-Jones, who is sultry but also holds her own in battle as the long-missing daughter of Diego.


Catherine Zeta-Jones, Antonio Banderas, 'The Mask of Zorro'

This is the film that shot Zeta-Jones to stardom and it also gave a boost to Banderas' career, establishing him as a leading man in American movies after a successful career in Spain and some notable supporting roles in such films as "Philadelphia," "Interview With a Vampire" and "Evita."

You can see it on the big screen as part of the SCERA Center's classics series that continues through February. "The Mask of Zorro" plays Tuesday, Jan. 6, at 10 a.m., in the Orem theater