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Back to the Future

by The Staff on January 16, 2014


Remember the 1980s? While many look back warmly on the music of that decade, the movies of the Reagan era are not so well-regarded. There were the excesses of Stallone and Schwarzenegger, for starters, and too many bloated epics like Out of Africa. Then there’s the soundtrack problem: Even the best films (like, say, Real Genius) are burdened with synthesizer-drenched sounds, making for some of the most unlistenable scores since the advent of talking pictures.

The 1980s were the golden age of Bob Zemeckis comedies, however: Used Cars, Romancing the Stone, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and, best of all, Back to the Future. This whiz-bang time-travel adventure combined smart pop-culture comedy (and commentary) with a touch of Freud, and made a movie star of Michael J. Fox. On Monday, why not head down to the Palace and climb into the Delorean; it’s set for 1985.

Back to the Future will be screened Monday (Jan. 20) at 7 PM at the Palace Theatre (19 Clinton Ave., Albany). Tickets are $5, $3 kids. For more info, call 465-3334.