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Retrofantasma: Starman and Runaway

When: Fri., May 18, 7 p.m. 2012

The science fiction and fantasy cinema of the early 1980s had a great and profound influence upon a generation of moviegoers who would grow up to constantly talk about how awesome the science fiction and fantasy cinema of the early 1980s was, and sometimes even make films themselves. Mostly the former. One may witness one of the more highbrow and one of the more ... something ... examples of this cinema with two flicks from 1984. First up is Jeff Bridges' Oscar-nominated role as the title character in John Carpenter's Starman, about an alien who comes to Earth and helps Karen Allen get over her dead husband by taking on his appearance and going on the run with her. The internal logic of the sci-fi elements is somewhat specious, but Bridges is grand, and damned if that final sequence isn't like a swift tug to the nose hairs every time. It's followed by Runaway, Michael Crichton's flick that stars Tom Selleck as a cop dealing with fugitive house-androids and, even worse, Gene Simmons. Expected to be a big holiday hit, this Blade Runner lite was hugely overshadowed by The Terminator, though it maintains a certain base of fond fans. It also worked out well for Crichton, who met his wife (well, one of them), Anne-Marie Martin, on this film. Man, Selleck had some 'stache going back then, huh? Relive the '80s for $8 at 7 p.m. —Zack Smith

Price: $8

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