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‘Escape from New York’

The fact that this movie gave the film world the character of Snake Plissken (played with growling style by Kurt Russell) is reason enough to own this film. Snake is as tough as the Terminator and as sarcastic as Han Solo.

In the 1981 film by John Carpenter, the island of Manhattan has been converted into a walled prison where brutal prisoners can go wherever they want. That’s not a good thing when the plane carrying the president (Donald Pleasence) crashes there.

Snake is the only man who can brave the island and get the president back. The only problem is he’s been given only 24 hours to accomplish the mission. If he doesn’t, he’ll lose his head.

Also out this week

“Cake”: Jennifer Aniston plays a woman looking for human connection and self-forgiveness.

“Taken 3”: Liam Neeson plays a man who goes on one last journey for revenge.

Fresno Bee