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Screen Scene: Tom Cruise’s ‘Legend,’ Prince double feature among highlights this week

Mia Sara and Tom Cruise star in “Legend.”
Mia Sara and Tom Cruise star in “Legend.” Courtesy photo

Special screenings

▪ “Legend” Director Ridley Scott’s 1985 sci-fi fantasy is about a young man (Tom Cruise, sporting his first long-haired look) who must rescue a princess (Mia Sara) from the clutches of an evil lord (Tom Curry) who wants to destroy daylight by killing a unicorn. I think PETA might have a problem with that. Showing at the Palace, 535 W. Ridge Road Circle, Friday through Sunday at 1:10, 3:50, 6:45 and 9:20 p.m., with additional showings Friday and Saturday at 10:15 p.m.

▪ “Celebration of This Thing Called Life” double feature – The Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway, will present two Prince features starting at 7 p.m. Saturday: “Purple Rain” – about a troubled Minneapolis musician – will be first, followed by “Under a Cherry Moon,” about a trust-fund beauty (Kristin Scott Thomas) who inspires the pianist (Prince) at a hotel on the Riviera. The films are rated R. Tickets are $8 in advance at or $10 at the door.

▪ “Pretty in Pink” – John Hughes’ 1986 teen classic celebrates its 30th anniversary with Molly Ringwald as a poor girl who must choose between the affections of her overly doting childhood sweetheart and a rich boy from across the tracks – literally. The film will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Orpheum. Tickets are $5, $4 for students, seniors, military and groups of 10 or more. Moviegoers are encouraged to dress in ’80s prom attire and get their picture taken in the Lamphouse Photo Co. photo booth that will be on hand. And bring a Duckie as your date.

Best bets for mainstream movies opening Friday

▪ “Sing Street” – John Carney (“Once,” “Being Again”) returns with another musical film (though not a “musical”) about a young Dublin boy who forms a band to impress the girl of his dreams. Now that’s an overachiever.

▪ “Money Monster” – A frustrated investor (Jack O’Connell) takes the smarmy host (George Clooney) of a TV financial show and its producer (Julia Roberts) hostage at gunpoint on the air. Jodie Foster directs the thriller, told in real time.

Also opening Friday

▪ “The Darkness” – Horror thriller about a family that returns from vacation at the Grand Canyon only to discover that they have innocently brought home a supernatural force that preys off their fears. Like where to vacation next.