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For, Friday, July 24, 2020

As the Redwood Drive-In and Megaplex multiplexes remain the only movie theaters open locally — with masking/social-distancing measures in place, of course, they continue to let golden oldies dominate the roster. And “Jurassic World” is coming in to join “Jurassic Park,” for those who can’t get enough dinosaurs on the rampage.

But a four new films are squeezing in among those titles at local Megaplex theaters, and, of course, all four are also available for viewing on online platforms:


“Palm Springs” (rated R) takes a page (or two) from "Groundhog Day" for this romantic comedy, a big-screen star vehicle for comic actor Andy Samberg (TV's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "Saturday Night Live") and Cristin Milioti, with J.K. Simmons and June Squib. (Redwood Drive-In)

“The Rental” (rated R) is a horror yarn (another one?) set at an Oceanside getaway where two couples suspect their host may be spying on them. Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey’s” first three seasons) and Alison Brie star. (Megaplex)

“SamSam” (rated PG) is a French animated fantasy about a young alien who lives on another planet with his family (and his own flying saucer) but yearns to unlock his superpowers. (Megaplex)

“The Painted Bird” (rated R, in Czech with English subtitles). This black-and-white tale of a young boy in an Eastern Europe country during World War II chronicles the abuse he suffers at the hands of evil people he encounters. With Stellan Skarsgård, Harvey Keitel, Julain Sands and Barry Pepper. (Megaplex)


Among the oldies that continue at the Redwood and Megaplex theaters are “Ghostbusters,” “Jaws,” “Back to the Future,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and many other favorites, while quite a few other past box-office hits have been added this weekend, including “2001 — A Space Odyssey, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” “Rudy,” “The Fugitive,” “The Shawshank Redemption,” “A League of Their Own,” “The Karate Kid,” “The Lost Boys” and “Goodfellas,” among others.

The Megaplexes are also bringing in four LDS films by local filmmaker T.C. Christensen: “The Fighting Preacher,” and three starring local favorite Jasen Wade, “The Cokeville Miracle,” “17 Miracles,” “Ephraim’s Rescue”

Happy viewing.