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High school fears, college years

Cinemark classics shine light on young adulthood

This summer, Cinemark continues its “Classic Series,” a parade of digitally restored films bursting with nostalgia, perfect for any parents missing the good old days of big hair in the 1980s, hot rods of the 1960s and spectral upsets in public libraries. The upcoming classics at Denton’s Cinemark 14 are American Graffiti on Sunday and Animal House on Wednesday.

George Lucas’ American Graffiti is a coming-of-age film that focuses on the adventures of a group of California boys in the early ’60s. The high school grads spend the last night before college cruising the streets, challenging one another and themselves before diving into adulthood.

Lucas’ rite-of-passage piece suggests that the small group of boys (Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, Paul Le Mat and Charles Martin Smith) will become men just as the oft-fabled innocence of the early 1960s was leading to Vietnam War, the second wave of the women’s movement and the sexual revolution. Rated PG, 110 minutes.

Animal House is the story of the Delta Tau Chi fraternity, a brotherhood so depraved that its members don’t bother to battle the frat’s gutter reputation. The film finds this confederacy of degenerates at the top of college dean Vernon Wormer’s bad list. What unfolds is a battle of wits. And witlessness. Rated R, 109 minutes.

A 2 p.m. screening for American Graffiti is scheduled for Sunday, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. screenings of Animal House are set for Wednesday.

All matinee tickets cost $6.50. Twilight tickets cost $8.50 for adults and $6.50 for seniors and children. Cinemark 14 is located at 2825 Wind River Lane.

— George Joseph