Film and TV

This week in genre film: Back to the Future, Jackie Brown and more

Denver's a great place for fans of the big five of genre film (that's sci-fi, fantasy, horror, exploitation and cult), as every week we get a generous helping of selections to choose from. As usual, we're rounding up your options for the weekend to come and the following week, and making a recommendation of one can't-miss film. This week's a little slow, meaning there are only three solid picks rather than half a dozen. But there is a time-traveling Delorean...

Pick of the Week: Back to the Future Where: Esquire Theatre, 600 Downing Street When: Midnight Friday, August 13 and Saturday, August 14 Why?: How about because it's an all-time sic-fi comedy classic? How about because it's probably already one of your favorite movies? How about because a lot of you young whippersnappers have probably never seen it on the big screen? Pick your reason, but don't miss Robert Zemeckis's goofball time-travel classic, and remember: Save the Enchantment Under the Sea dance, save the world (or at least your own existence in it). More info/tickets:

Also Showing

Jackie Brown Where: Starz FilmCenter, Tivoli building on the Auraria Campus When: 10 p.m. Friday August 13 and Saturday August 14 Why?: Quentin Tarantino adapts an Elmore Leonard novel full of arms dealers, double-crosses, romance and murder. What other reason do you need? Okay, how about a cast that includes Pam Grier, Robert De Niro, Michael Keaton and Robert Forster? It's not Tarantino's best, but it's still a solid film that's aged well. More info/tickets:

My Neighbor Totoro Where: Thin Man parking lot, 2015 East 17th Avenue When: Wednesday, August 18 at dusk (9 p.m. ish) Why?: Another gem from anime master Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle et al.)! This one is about two young girls and the adventures they have with the forest spirits near their new home. It has a cat bus -- that's a bus that's a cat. Plus, it's free! Bring a chair or blanket to sit on, though. More info/Tickets:

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Cory Casciato is a Denver-based writer with a passion for the geeky, from old science fiction movies to brand-new video games.
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