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Back to the Future

Go back to the future with these '80s movies

While we wait for hoverboards to be invented (any day now), revisit the decade that brought us Bon Jovi and Pepsi Free at these showings honoring 1980s auteurs

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If you’d love to see some of the best '80s movies grace the silver screen once more, get ready for a heavy dose of nostalgia. You can even attend the Enchantment Under the Sea dance from Back to the Future for real! View our picks of events and great '80s movies—featuring equally iconic '80s songs—that defined the era.

Back to the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance
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You don’t need a DeLorean for this trip back to 1955—inspired by Robert Zemeckis’s 1985 classic, the BBQ Films crew will deck out a gym in the style of Back to the Future’s climactic high-school dance scene. Come to the immersive screening–sock hop dressed in a poodle skirt or white tux, ready to dance to doo-wop group Tee-Tones. Unlike at your prom, Brooklyn Brewery beer and Vinos Libres wine will be provided, and a portion of event proceeds benefits the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

“Fatal Attractions: Erotic Thrillers of the ’80s & ’90s”
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Things got a bit steamy there for a minute, when it seemed like every other film had a psychopathic femme fatale in a negligee. This series celebrates some of the genre’s masters, including directors Bob Rafelson (Black Widow; Fri 21, Sat 22), Brian De Palma (Body Double; Apr 4, 5), Paul Schrader (Cat People; Apr 11, 12) and Lawrence Kasdan (Body Heat; Apr 18, 19).

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Harold Ramis Triple Feature
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The world lost a great comic mind when Ramis died in February. Although mostly famous for his onscreen roles (his turn as poofy-haired Dr. Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters epitomized ’80s geek chic), he also had a bountiful career behind the scenes as a writer and director. At this mini marathon, revisit some of his non-’80s flicks like Groundhog Day and National Lampoon’s Animal House, which forever changed the perception of both college life and mashed potatoes, as well as 2005 dark comedy The Ice Harvest.

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