TIME AFTER TIME
1979, Warner Bros., 112 min, USA, Dir: Nicholas Meyer

One of his most popular and engaging films finds Malcolm McDowell as Victorian author H.G. Wells, in pursuit of Jack the Ripper (David Warner), time-traveling to contemporary San Francisco and finding help and romance from shy modern girl Mary Steenburgen. A marvelously entertaining blend of sci-fi, literary history and modern pop culture from Nicholas Meyer, the director of STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN.


BACK TO THE FUTURE PART III
1990, Universal, 118 min, USA, Dir: Robert Zemeckis

Robert Zemeckis reunites his posse for this, the final installment, which sets off with McFly (Fox) receiving a 100-year-old letter from Doc Brown (Lloyd), who is now happily living in the Wild West of 1885. Some historical snooping reveals that Brown was to be killed a mere week after penning his missive! Time to reignite the DeLorean, hidden in an abandoned mine, save his partner and get back to the future; but it won’t be easy, what with gasoline as scarce as it was in '85, and their nemesis Sheriff Buford "Mad Dog" Biff Tannen (Thomas F. Wilson) hot on their tail. And if that’s not enough, Doc has to go and fall in love with a schoolmarm (Mary Steenburgen). Set in the American West of 1950s television (but with ZZ Top!), the third installment in the trilogy successfully maintains the SFX wizardry and warm sentiment of the first two box-office hits.


ELF
2003, New Line Cinema, 97 min, Dir: Jon Favreau

Will Ferrell is at his hilarious best as Buddy, a human who has been raised among Santa’s elves at the North Pole. All grown up, Buddy causes oversized mayhem in the elves’ petite Christmas workshop, so he heads to New York City in search of his real identity. A father-son bonding experience like no other! With James Caan, Bob Newhart as Papa Elf, Mary Steenburgen and Zooey Deschanel.


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