For, May 23, 2014

Cinemark has a new "Classics Series" starting up next week but it's actually an old "Classics Series," in more ways than one.

The six vintage titles in this latest round are all movies that Cinemark has already screened as part of this series sometimes during the past year, so if you've been anxiously awaiting a particular film that hasn't previously been a part of this series, forget it.

On the other hand, if you missed any of these, here's your chance to catch up, beginning with the enormously popular sci-fi comedy that made Michael J. Fox an A-list star, "Back to the Future" (1985, PG).

In my 1985 Deseret News review I wrote that the Steven Spielberg-produced/Robert Zemeckis-directed fast-paced farce is crazy fun, with Fox "a real charmer" and the crazy inventor Doc Brown, played by Christopher Lloyd with scene-stealing insanity.


              Christopher Lloyd, Michael J. Fox, 'Back to the Future.'

I also described it as "far from perfect," with broad stereotypes and lapses in logic, but then time-travel movies never seem to be able to overcome the many questions that such plotting inevitably raises.

Still, "Back to the Future" remains an often hilarious romp and it's easy to see why the film has remained a fan favorite for … woe … 30 years now.

"Back to the Future" will play at various Cinemark theaters on Sunday at 2 p.m. and Wednesday at 2 and 7 p.m.