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Back to the Future Trilogy The Astor Theatre

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Promotional posters for the trilogy of films (Copyright Universal Pictures)

Known for presenting fan favourites and cult features rarely re-released in cinemas, The Astor maintains its trend of showing audiences exactly the films they want to see.

An international phenomenon dearly beloved by audiences of all ages worldwide, the Back to the Future franchise continues to be a huge influence on popular culture. From Christopher 'Doc' Lloyd to his modified DeLorean time machine and Michael J. Fox's brilliant portrayal of Marty McFly, the legacy of Back to the Future will forever be cemented in the history of cinema. To this day its influence is evident, with three films, an animated television series, tie-in games and theme park rides.

The films continue to be an essential part of every film lover's collections, with children eternally grateful their parents introduced it to them. I know I am. I remember being mesmerised as a child by the eccentric characters, killer soundtrack and impressive special effects. Even after 26 years, the films have aged incredibly well and remain a must-see at least once a year, preferably with family at Christmas time.

The film where it all began, Back to the Future (1985) stars a great ensemble of recognisable faces, including Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover and Thomas F. Wilson. A major success at the time of release, the film won a range of awards (mostly for its technical achievements) and went onto become the highest grossing film of the year and won legions of fans. The modified DeLorean was suddenly everyone's favourite and most desired car and Marty McFly was a national hero. Be sure to bring your children and let them gaze in awe at the coolness of Fox as he strums his guitar on stage.

Back to the Future will screen on Saturday, November 5 at 4:00pm

Roads? Where we're going we don't need roads!" Thanks to the commercial worldwide success of the first instalment, Back to the Future Part II (1989) was eagerly anticipated. After a four-year break, Part II took on the difficult task of portraying the future, the year 2015 to be exact. Though we haven't made flying cars or hover boards yet, some predictions did come to fruition, including video games that you could play without a controller and other technological advancements. Though it may not be the instant classic the first instalment is, Part II is still a lot of fun and even better when seen as part of a franchise marathon.

Back to the Future Part II will screen on Saturday, November 5 at 6:30pm

Filmed back-to-back with Part II, Back to the Future Part III transports the action to an 1885 Western setting. Taking place immediately after the second film, this part continues the laughter and action packed set pieces of the first two entries just in an entirely new genre, introducing fresh characters and locations. Constantly judged against the first sequel, its debatable which is the best, but much easier to just sit back and enjoy the thrilling ride.

Back to the Future Part III will screen on Saturday, November 5 at 9:00pm

Prices for the event vary, with a 20% discount when booking all three films. It promises to be a fantastic event, with the DeLorean car on display, prizes to be won and all proceeds going to 'Parkinson's Australia'. Tragically, Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's and is now a strong supporter of related charities for the illness. So not only will you be watching three terrific films one after the other, but also donating to a great cause. How many other reasons do you need?
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Why? Nostalgia Heaven
When: Saturday 5 November
Where: The Astor Theatre (1 Chapel Street St Kilda VIC 3182)
Cost: Depends on the ticket
I definatly think you should go to the local newspaper and ask for a column as a film critique
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