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A Wrinkle in Time: The Best of Time-Travel Films

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Monday, April 29th - Friday, May 2nd

A Wrinkle in Time: The Best of Time-Travel Films

Time travel has always been a cinematic obsession. Whether a smart and devilishly fun destiny-altering device in the BACK TO THE FUTURE franchise, or a method of critiquing the barbarism of modern society in THE PLANET OF THE APES, or a simple yet classic science-fiction trope in THE TIME MACHINE, the art and adventure of rocketing through time proves to be prime movie fodder in a spectrum of fascinating ways.

Please join us for a weekend series of time-travel films, which also will include screenings of STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT, TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY, ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES and BEYOND THE TIME BARRIER.

And be sure not to miss our special time-travel double feature of DONNIE DARKO and SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE at the beginning of the month at the Aero Theatre!

Thursday, April 29th at 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

PLANET OF THE APES
Dir. Franklin Schaffner
1968, 20th Century Fox, 119 min.

One of the greatest modern sci-fi films, a combination of apocalyptic action and evolutionary parable. Astronaut Charlton Heston finds himself stranded on a strangely familiar world dominated by a race of highly intelligent gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans.




ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES
Dir. Don Taylor
1971, 20th Century Fox, 98 min.

When chimpanzees Cornelius and Zira (Roddy McDowell and Kim Hunter) mysteriously arrive on earth in a spaceship, they are greeted with wonder and quickly become a media sensation. But this initial excitement turns to suspicion, and the chimp couple find themselves victims of a high-level conspiracy.






Friday, April 30th at 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT
Dir. Jonathan Frakes
1996, Paramount Pictures, 111 min.

Calling all Trekkers! Don’t miss this terrific installment in the STAR TREK franchise in which Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) and his trusty Enterprise-E reel through time in hot pursuit of rogue Borgs intent on having Earth initiate first contact with alien life.




TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY
Dir. James Cameron
1991, Sony Repertory, 136 min.

Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger is an obsolete killer, sent back as guardian to Linda Hamilton and her teenage son (Edward Furlong). The effects are dazzling - but it’s Cameron’s uncanny blend of pop humor and visionary sci-fi that make TERMINATOR 2 the ultimate in Future Shock.






Saturday, May 1st at 5:00 PM

Triple Feature: 25th Anniversary!

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

Michael J. Fox plays teenager Marty McFly, whose mentor Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) invents a time-traveling Delorean that takes the slacker back to the 1950s. When he inadvertently gets in the way of his teenage parents' relationship, Fox has to figure out how to get them back together to ensure his own eventual existence.




BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II
Dir. Robert Zemeckis
1989, Universal, 108 min.

A series of complex time-travel complications send hero Marty McFly and partner Doc Brown back to the 1955 of the first film after a mishap in 2015 generates a parallel universe.




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

The final installment starts off with McFly receiving a 100-year-old letter from Doc Brown, who is now happily living in the Wild West. Some historical snooping reveals that Brown was killed a mere week after writing his missive! Time to reignite the Delorean, save his partner and get back to the future.

**Guests to be announced!






Sunday, May 2nd at 7:30 PM

Double Feature: 50th Anniversary!

THE TIME MACHINE
Dir. George Pal
1960, Warner Bros., 103 min.

The classic adaptation of H.G. Wells' novel, this sci-fi gem follows Rod Taylor as he rockets through space-time to discover a humanity that has divided into two violently warring sects. Winner of Best Special Effects at the 1960 Oscars.




BEYOND THE TIME BARRIER
Dir. Edgar G. Ulmer
1960, MGM/UA, 75 min.

High-testosterone pilot Robert Clarke pushes his jet past 5,000 mph -- and finds himself catapulted into a crumbling, plague-ridden Utopia of Tomorrow. Shot at a futuristic exhibit at the Texas State Fairgrounds (along with THE AMAZING TRANSPARENT MAN), TIME BARRIER co-stars Ulmer’s daughter, Arianne Ulmer, as the villainous Markova. "The mutants were basically rubber bathing caps on these poor people’s heads!" - Arianne Ulmer.






 

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Science Fiction