For, May 9, 2014

James Cameron's "Titanic" (1997, PG-13) remains one of the most popular films in cinematic history.

On the list of the biggest moneymakers of all time, it holds steady at No. 2, after Cameron's "Avatar" (PG-13, 2009).

And on the adjusted-for-inflation list, which more accurately reflects tickets sold, it sits at No. 5, after "Gone With the Wind" (1939), "Star Wars" (1977, PG), "The Sound of Music" (1965) and "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" (1982, PG).

Any way you slice it, "Titanic" is a monster success.

And here it is again — by popular demand — as part of the latest cycle of Cinemark's Classic Cinema Series, to be shown in Cinemark theaters across the country on Sunday, May 11, at 2 p.m., and with two showings on Wednesday, May 14, at 2 and 7 p.m.


My complaints from 1997 are pretty much the same — it's way too long (three hours-plus), some of the dialogue is silly in the extreme, the soap opera histrionics are way over the top and, of course, there's that infamously gratuitous nude scene.

But Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet are first-rate, and, as with all of Cameron's work, it moves fast and is so spectacular that its weaknesses are easily forgiven.

Spoiler alert: The ship still sinks, and watching it do so in the third hour makes for riveting cinema. Especially on the big screen.