The War of the Worlds

The GI begins a series of three vintage sci-fi flicks (through Aug. 6) with the 1953 adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel. Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg gave the book a bigger, gorier treatment a few years ago (to say nothing of the 1938 Orson Welles radio broadcast), but this version still contains many frightening moments. Wells' story was published in 1898, when no one could imagine the carnage of World War I. This film version came fresh after the A-bombs put a stop to World War II and as the Soviet were threatening global domination. And then, out of the blue California sky, Mars attacks. The flying saucers and their ray-beams were impressive for their time; George Pal earned two Oscars for his special effects. (NR) BRIAN MILLER

July 17-23, 7 & 9 p.m.; Sat., July 18, 3 & 5 p.m.; Sun., July 19, 3 & 5 p.m., 2009

 
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