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Cyberdyne Systems just doesn’t make Terminators the way it used to. There was a time when the tanklike T-800s that Skynet sent into the past to assassinate future leaders of the human resistance relentlessly stalked the streets in search of their targets, striking terror in the hearts of all who opposed them and leaving paths of bloody destruction in their wake. Yet, somewhere along the assembly line, the once-dependable murderous cyborgs developed a proclivity for using humorous catchphrases—and before you knew it, the damn hunks of junk were suffering from overly dramatic crises of conscience. What’s a sentient computer program to do, other than develop a sleek new female model with inflatable breasts and hope it can get the job done better than its suddenly cuddly predecessor? Go back to a time before the sequels, when ensuring the domination of machines over humans in a post-apocalyptic future was simply a matter of point and shoot, when The Terminator screens at midnight at Visions Cinema Bistro Lounge, 1927 Florida Ave. NW. $10. (202) 667-0090. (Matthew Borlik)

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