BACK TO THE FUTURE
1985, Universal, 117 min, USA, Dir: Robert Zemeckis

Director Robert Zemeckis provides a pitch-perfect combination of sharp satire and warm sentiment in this ingenious time-travel comedy. Michael J. Fox plays teenager Marty McFly, whose mentor (a manic and brilliant Christopher Lloyd) invents a time machine that takes the kid back to the 1950s. When he inadvertently gets in the way of his teenage parents' relationship (and causes his future mother to develop a crush on him!), Fox has to figure out how to get them back together to insure his own eventual existence. Funny, touching and suspenseful, this love letter to American pop culture is one of the most entertaining films of the 1980s. With Crispin Glover.


THE LADY IN RED
1979, New World Pictures, 93 min, Dir: Lewis Teague

The "lady in red" of the title (Pamela Sue Martin) is thrust into a life on the run thanks to her relationship with notorious gangster John Dillinger (Robert Conrad) in this energetic Roger Corman production. A sharp screenplay by John Sayles, stylish direction by Lewis Teague, and a dynamite cast that includes Louise Fletcher, Christopher Lloyd and Corman stalwart Dick Miller (not to mention Robert Forster in an uncredited role) make this one of the best movies to come out of the "Roger Corman School of Filmmaking."


THE BLACK MARBLE
1980, 113 min, Dir: Harold Becker

Paula Prentiss is a cop who falls in love with her new partner (Robert Foxworth), but his alcoholic struggle to deal with the realities of his work creates a major obstacle. Adapted from a novel by Joseph Wambaugh. With James Woods, Harry Dean Stanton and Christopher Lloyd.


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