For, April 18, 2014

You may be planning to watch "The Ten Commandments" (1956) on ABC's annual Easter/Passover television showing on Saturday, which has been a tradition at the network since 1973.

And there's nothing wrong with that.

But even if you have a big-screen television or a home-theater in your basement, there is still nothing like seeing it in a real, honest-to-gosh movie theater with a group of like-minded strangers. (And no commercial interruptions.)

And you have the opportunity now (Friday, April 18, 2 p.m.; Sunday, April 20, 2 p.m.; and Wednesday, April 23, 2 and 7 p.m.) as local Cinemark theaters kick off a new classic-movies series with Cecil B. DeMille's epic retelling of the biblical story of Moses, as played by Charlton Heston at the peak of his form.


           Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, "The Ten Commandments"

With an all-star cast in support, the nearly four-hour film (with an intermission) takes Moses' life from his birth and adoption as an Egyptian prince through his embracing his Hebrew heritage, delivering his people and bringing the tablets down from the mount.

Heston, Yul Brynner, et. al., are terrific and the film holds up as a genuine, if somewhat old-fashioned, cinematic spectacle.

But if you've never seen it on the big screen — and I mean a really big, theater screen — you've missed something.