Two entertaining, shrewdly satirical, and slyly profound
sci-fi movies helped salvage the '80s from the junk heap of cinema history.
Paul Verhoeven's brutal and hilarious RoboCop
(1987; 4:30 + 9pm) presaged the economic downfall
of Detroit with
its tale of a half-dead policeman rebuilt into a humanoid machine fighting
crime in the blighted city. In James Cameron's cyborg variation, The Terminator (1984; 7:30 pm), the unstoppable mechanized
assassin of the title, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, is sent back in time to
kill the mother of the man who will save the human race. They're part of the "Capitol
Classics: Double Features" series at the Capitol Theatre.
Capitol Theatre, 204
Mass Ave, Arlington
:: Wednesday, February 6 :: $9; seniors $6; afternoons $6 :: 781.648.4340 or feitheatres.com/capitol-theatre