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.