Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

After a holiday hiatus, the Egyptian's midnight movie series resumes with Nazis (always a reliable box-office attraction), bullwhips, and Crusader ghosts. We refer, of course, to Steven Spielberg's 1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which concluded that decade's biggest trilogy. (We'll ignore 2008's Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, that craven, LaBeouffian brand-extension to the series; seeing the late River Phoenix here in Last Crusade's opening train-top sequence is a sad reminder of sequels not made.) It was a considerable coup for Spielberg and producer George Lucas to cast grumpy old Sean Connery as Indy's dad, and his bickering with the equally cranky Harrison Ford is always fun to watch. Last Crusade is a first-rate popcorn movie, a big improvement over Temple of Doom, with chases galore and an aerial dogfight launched from a zeppelin (over what's clearly Southern California, but never mind that). As the Jones' loyal comrade in archaeology, the late Denholm Elliot also helps to class up the picture, asking at one point in the action, "Is there anyone here who speaks English? Or maybe even ancient Greek?" Movie screens at midnight. (PG) BRIAN MILLER

Fri., Jan. 4, 11:59 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 5, 2013

 
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