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Sleeper
D: Woody Allen (1973) 88m


Miles Monroe (Woody Allen), a jazz musician and owner of the "Happy Carrot" health-food store in 1973, is subjected to cryopreservation without his consent, and not revived for 200 years. He gets revived and drawn into a rebellion against the police state and 'The Leader'. As he has no Biometrics identity, the rebels hope to use him as a spy. The Orgasmatron scene is an absolute hoot.





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Young Frankenstein
D: Mel Brooks (1974) 106m


Director Mel Brooks takes aim at the early Frankenstein movies and manages to produce one of the funniest films ever made. Gene Wilder stars in the title role, recreating his father's experiments using the 'How I Did It' book dad left behind. Sets from the original flicks add authenticity while a host of top flight comedians strut their stuff, including Madeline Kahn and Marty Feldman.





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Back to the Future
D: Robert Zemeckis (1985) 116m


An eccentric scientist played by Christopher Lloyd sends '80s teenager Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) back to the 1950s in a time-travelling luxury sports car. Marty inadvertently alters the life-paths of his parents, because mom thinks he's kind of cute and has a crush on him. Marty then has to set things right. The film gives a wonderfully insightful 1980s take on 1950s ideological viewpoints.





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Men in Black
D: Barry Sonnenfeld (1997) 98m


A secret organisation of 'Men in Black' keep exaterrestrials living in anonymity on Earth in check. A NYPD cop (Will Smith) reluctantly joins 'MIB' when one goes astray... and the race is on to save the planet from destruction. The special effects are great (especially the nasty alien), the humour doesn't miss a beat, and the acting is spot-on. The film received three Academy Award nominations.





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Galaxy Quest
D: Dean Parisot (1999) 104m


Alien 'Thermians' are convinced that transmissions of a 20-year-old Trek-like TV show are the real thing. In the middle of yet another fan convention, they take the show's cast for a ride, expecting to have their planet saved from annihilation. Geekish fans help win the day. Classy Trek-tribute, also eminently enjoyable for non-Trekkers. Stars Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman.





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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
D: Michel Gondry (2004) 108m


Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet star as the couple trying to forget each other in Eternal Sunshine Of the Spotless Mind. With personalities that are polar opposites the relationship was doomed from the start. Unfortunately, even modern memory-erasing technology sometimes doesn't work. Mind-bending stuff not to be missed. Winslet received an Academy Award nomination for for Best Actress.





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Attack the Block
D: Joe Cornish (2011) 82m


A teen gang in a South London housing estate must team up with the other residents to protect their neighbourhood from a terrifying alien invasion. The cast was mostly selected from drama students in London council estate schools. John Boyega and Jodie Whittaker went on to roles in the Star Wars and Doctor Who franchises respectively.The film won a bevy of international festival awards.





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The World's End
D: Edgar Wright (2013) 109m


Alcoholic Gary King (Simon Pegg) persuades his estranged schoolfriends - Peter, Oliver, Steven, and Andy - to complete the "Golden Mile", a pub crawl encompassing the 12 pubs of their hometown of Newton Haven. The group attempted the crawl as teenagers, but failed to reach the final three pubs, including the World's End... which has something to do with an android invasion.





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Guardians of the Galaxy
D: James Gunn (2014) 121m


In the 1980s, a young Peter Quill is abducted from Earth by space pirates called Ravagers. Years later, he swipes a powerful alien artifact and quickly discovers that everyone is after it. With the help of a band of unusual misfit criminals, he must outsmart a villain in order to save the galaxy and learn who he truly is. Spacefaring superhero stuff from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


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