WARGAMES
1983, MGM/Park Circus, 114 min, USA, Dir: John Badham

Gentlemen, please: no video-gaming in the war room. For Matthew Broderick's seminal teen computer hacker, coming of age, saving the world and getting Ally Sheedy mean accidentally triggering World War III (and causing big headaches for the likes of Dabney Coleman and Barry Corbin). Director John Badham's tale of a boy, his modem and Armageddon is as suspenseful - and unnerving - as ever. With a score by Arthur B. Rubinstein.


NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR
1984, MGM/Park Circus, 113 min, UK, Dir: Michael Radford

John Hurt and Suzanna Hamilton are lovers trapped in an oppressive police state who heroically fight against the all-powerful "Big Brother." Director Michael Radford's (IL POSTINO) adaptation of George Orwell's classic novel perfectly captures the book's deep sense of unease, and Richard Burton gives a great late-career performance as an evil but human government official.


STARMAN
1984, Sony Repertory, 115 min, USA, Dir: John Carpenter

Oscar-nominated Jeff Bridges delivers a wonderfully offbeat performance as an alien struggling to understand humanity while traveling cross-country with widow Karen Allen - who must cope with the fact that the alien has reincarnated itself in the form of her late husband!


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