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WRATH OF KHAN/BACK TO THE FUTURE

  

For Hicksflicks.com, July 12, 2013

Sci-fi fantasy/comedy fans are in for a treat this weekend with big-screen showings of the second "Star Trek" movie, "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," and the picture that made Michael J. Fox a star, "Back to the Future."

The 1982 sequel "Wrath of Kahn" (which has some relevance with "Star Trek Into Darkness" still playing locally) is arguably the best of the "Star Trek" movies, with humor, heart and strong character development bolstering a terrific story about a genetically engineered race whose leader (Ricardo Montalban) wants revenge on Capt. Kirk (William Shatner), a spinoff from the original series episode "Space Seed," which also featured Montalban. Co-written (without credit) and directed by Nicolas Meyer, who later did another of the better "Star Trek" films, "The Undiscovered Country." (Friday, July 12, and Saturday, July 13, at 11 p.m., and Sunday at noon, Tower Theater, saltlakefilmsociety.org)

 "Back to the Future" (1985) is a very funny film that led to two sequels, with a teenager (Fox) teaming up with a zany scientist (Christopher Lloyd) to travel back in time and fix the space-time continuum, which has been disrupted. The main plan is to get Fox's parents together as teens, or else Fox won't be born. Hey, it doesn't have to make sense. It's wacky, its convoluted and it's an energetically great time at the movies . (Sunday, July 14, 2 p.m., and Wednesday, July 17, 2 and 7 p.m., Cinemark Theatres, www.cinemark.com/cinemark-classic-series)