Film

Cult Cinema at the Capitol

When: Sat., Sept. 18 2010

Don't you love those preposterous sci-fi narratives where the American landscape of the not-so-distant future looks positively bonkers? (Back to the Future Part II is a notable case in point: In an alleged 2015, citizens are decked-out in Teletubbie ensembles and flying around on neon airboards.) In the 1981 Kurt Russell vehicle Escape From New York — screening at midnight at the beautiful Capitol Theatre (1390 W. 65th St.) — NYC is portrayed in distant 1997 as a maximum-security prison. Excusé moi? That's right, folks. Director John Carpenter has created a masterpiece here — never mind his subsequent efforts The Thing, In the Mouth of Madness, and the unwatchable Ghosts of Mars (Ice Cube's heroic turn obviously notwithstanding). It's five measly bucks. Bring friends — late movies are really fun. Learn more at clevelandcinemas.com. — Allard

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