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  • Airplane! (PG)

    An old Paramount programmer, Hall Bartlett's Zero Hour (1957), remade in 1980 as a sketch comedy by writer-directors Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker (Top Secret!, Ruthless People). more...
  • Back to the Future (PG)

    Director Robert Zemeckis confronts the oedipal heart of the time-travel genre with this zestfully tasteless 1985 tale about a teenager (Michael J. Fox) who's projected back to 1955 and then must arrange the romance of his parents—even though mom (Lea Thompson) seems more interested in her handsome son-of-the-future than in his potential pop, a groveling nerd. more...
  • Barry Lyndon (PG)

    All of Stanley Kubrick's features look better now than when they were first released, but Barry Lyndon, which fared poorly at the box office in 1975, remains his most underrated. more...
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  • Breaking Away (PG)

    A modest 1979 film about four teenagers (Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern, and Jackie Earle Hailey) whose transition to responsible adulthood is impaired by the peculiar circumstances of their adolescence—they've grown up as downtrodden townies in the university community of Bloomington, Indiana (here given Ivy League status). more...
  • Charley Varrick (PG)

    Don Siegel wants to turn the tables on the paranoid fantasies that have animated some of his best films (Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Madigan, Dirty Harry), but he never lets this get in the way of his impressive sense of humor and undisputed mastery at constructing an action film. more...
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (PG)

    Steven Spielberg's 1982 film achieves the level of decent, middling Disney—Old Yeller, for example, rather than Snow White or Pinocchio—which is to say that the childhood myths being promulgated here are rather basic and unadorned, without the baroque touches and psychological penetration Disney could muster at his best. more...
  • Groundhog Day (PG)

    Bill Murray plays an obnoxious TV weatherman from Pittsburgh forced to relive the same wintry day in a small Pennsylvania town over and over again until he gets it right, in an unexpectedly graceful and well-organized comedy (1993) directed and cowritten by Harold Ramis. more...
  • Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (PG)

    In this nutty sequel to the 2005 Dreamworks 3-D animated hit, four best friends and former stars of the Central Park Zoo—a dancing lion (voiced by Ben Stiller), a rollicking zebra (Chris Rock), a lugubrious giraffe (David Schwimmer), and a hippo diva (Jada Pinkett Smith)—look forward to trading their current island residence on Madagascar for their old island home of Manhattan. more...
  • Meek's Cutoff (PG)

    Imagine a collaboration between John Ford and Wallace Stevens and you might get a sense of what Kelly Reichardt (Wendy and Lucy) pulls off here: a sincere re-creation of the pioneer experience, brought to life through careful, often unexpected detail. more...