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Back to the Future

Directed by Robert Zemeckis. US. 1985. PG. 116 minutes. Universal. 35mm.
Sponsored by Carnevale Eustis Architects
Sat., April 27, 2013
Saturday
April 27, 2013
2:00 pm

“Set in the backlot town of Hill Valley, an amusing repository of the Reagan ’80s (Libyan terrorists! Pepsi Free! Huey Lewis!), the film stars Michael J. Fox as a high-school kid who hitches his wagon to Christopher Lloyd, a crackpot scientist who fashions a time machine out of a DeLorean. When Fox is accidentally shuttled back to 1955, he unwittingly takes his father Crispin Glover’s place in meeting his mother (Lea Thompson), so he has to conspire to bring the two together, thus ensuring his own existence. In the name of family entertainment, Zemeckis and Gale too often fall back on broad, obvious gags (the bully in all three films, played by Thomas F. Wilson, is a particularly irritating character), but they glean endless fun from Glover’s inspired croaking and Fox’s uneasiness with his mother’s advances, not to mention the otherworldly chords of Mr. Edward Van Halen.” (Scott Tobias, The A.V. Club)