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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
94% Blue Velvet (1986) The film casts its spell in countless odd ways, in the archetype-leaning imagery, eccentric tableau styling, and moth-in-candle-flame attraction to the subconscious twilight. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 14, 2014
No Score Yet Low Blow (1986) Man's deadliest weapon is his fists? Maybe, but watching this 1984 actioner could put you in a coma. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 19, 2014
91% The Color of Pomegranates (Sayat Nova ) (1980) It's a strange, visionary work, highly formal and not easy of access, but compelling in a way that's almost impossible to describe. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 21, 2014
0% Jaws: The Revenge (1987) Sargent's enough of an action vet to grind out a watchable sequel, but too much of a TV hack to turn the arbitrary dramatics into anything but synthetic pulp. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 30, 2014
44% Three Amigos! (1986) On the whole there's not a lot of flesh on these cynically haphazard bones. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 25, 2014
7% Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise (1987) This one's on automatic pilot all the way. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 21, 2013
75% Kitty Foyle (1940) Sam Wood, the El Supremo of Hollywood hackdom, squired this one to glory. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 31, 2012
78% Project X (1987) Plenty of strikes against this--moronic story line, obligatory animal mugging, more "awwwww" opportunities than any film since 3 Men and a Cradle--but it's still one of the most accomplished pulp fantasies in a while. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 26, 2011
90% Little Shop of Horrors (1986) The best moments in this 1987 release belong to Dr. Steve Martin as a dentist with a professional yen for pain. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 25, 2011
91% Stand by Me (1986) Reiner seems lost in his own cinematic wilderness -- button-down careful, almost afraid to move ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 28, 2011
81% Children of a Lesser God (1986) Hurt seems to be bucking for at least two Oscar nominations here: one for his performance, the other for best echo effects by an interpreter of signed speech. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 16, 2011
54% Spaceballs (1987) The film's low-tech styling is roughly the cardboard inversion of the cinematic machines it parodies, and Brooks seems less inclined than usual to push the overkill urges too far. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 18, 2011
100% Huang tu di (Yellow Earth) (1984) The film broke definitively with Chinese studio tradition and introduced a new sense of ambiguity in the relation between political ideology and praxis. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 23, 2010
33% Creepshow 2 (1987) George Romero contributes the screenplay this time, basing it on some tastefully selected Stephen King morsels. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 12, 2010
62% Babe: Pig in the City (1998) It's George Miller's masterpiece, maybe even the best commercial film of 1998. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 29, 2010
75% The Killing of Sister George (1968) Robert Aldrich's "daring" 1968 mating of lesbianism and commerce was, as I recall, considered pretty tame even then; lord knows what it looks like today. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 24, 2009
70% The Living Daylights (1987) Expect the expected. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 13, 2008
69% An American Tail (1986) The overall quality of the animation -- baroquely executed if rather conventionally conceived -- makes it worth a look ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 10, 2008
46% Dragnet (1987) Most of the time it's fresh, funny, and surprising. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 20, 2008
55% The Transformers - The Movie (1986) A 1986 computer-animated feature based on a popular TV cartoon show, further inspired, no doubt, by the philanthropic desire of Japanese and American toy manufacturers to keep their kiddie customers rolling in robots. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 18, 2008
89% Sid and Nancy (1986) A few too many moralistic foreshadowings, but most of the time Cox's situations and characters develop on their own eloquently entropic terms. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 28, 2008
100% 'Round Midnight (1986) The director's perenially heavy mood seems especially well suited to this indigo-shaded story of a black American saxman (Dexter Gordon) living and performing in Paris in the late 50s. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 8, 2008
88% Hollywood Shuffle (1982) Improv talent Robert Townsend is pretty much the whole show. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 18, 2008
92% Brian's Song (1970) Made-for-TV eyewash for disheartened Bears fans to drown their sorrows in. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 25, 2008
33% A Man And A Woman, 20 Years Later (1986) Twenty years later and none the wiser for it. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 15, 2008
90% Down by Law (1986) On the whole I've had more fun in Cleveland. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 11, 2008
85% Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) It's grave, lumbering, arrhythmic, and bloated, an emotional hogwallow of catchpenny insights and easy sentimentality. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 11, 2007
84% Lethal Weapon (1987) Empty glitz in search of a style. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 27, 2007
90% Raising Arizona (1987) The cartoon vision of southwestern tackiness doesn't cut very deep, but the mise-en-scene is packed with clever clutter. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 6, 2007
95% Come and See (Idi i smotri) (1985) I suppose that never forgetting has its place, but not when it insists on such narrowly righteous fantasies of revenge. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 15, 2007
95% The Evil Dead (1981) Sam Raimi directed this 1983 horror feature fresh out of film school, and his anything-for-an-effect enthusiasm pays off in lots of formally inventive bits. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 24, 2007
98% Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987) The pop-up humor and smirkiness suggest Raimi's aspiring to the fashionable company of the brothers Coen, though on the basis of this strained effort I'd say he's overshot the mark. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 21, 2007
60% One Crazy Summer (1986) [A] bright, occasionally imbecilic teen comedy. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 25, 2007
80% Some Kind of Wonderful (1987) Assembly-line feature from the John Hughes teen factory. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 24, 2007
86% River's Edge (1987) It's more a success than a failure, if only because the confusions are so protean. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 18, 2007
No Score Yet Nayak (1974) Satyajit Ray's 1966 feature comes at the tail end of his early realist period, which included most of the films that won him his reputation in the West. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 14, 2007
82% Innerspace (1987) The plot is standard fantasy-adventure pulp, though director Joe Dante has so many screwball things going on in it that the comedy all but overwhelms the formulaic line of action. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 8, 2007
85% Star Trek IV - The Voyage Home (1986) I suspect the unconverted will want to be beamed up pronto. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 6, 2007
88% RoboCop (1987) There's a brooding, agonized quality to the violence that almost seems subversive, as if Verhoeven were both appalled and fascinated by his complicity in the toxic action rot. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 5, 2007
91% The Fly (1986) Image so much subverts intention that Jeff Goldblum's tragic flyperson finally seems more ludicrous than affecting, voyeuristically bizarre. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 5, 2007
78% Predator (1987) Despite the off-rhythm styling, there's not a lot going on. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 5, 2007
90% Planet of the Apes (1968) Dismal SF deep think (1968) that gave birth to an equally dismal string of sequels and TV series spin-offs. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 30, 2007
15% Howard the Duck (1986) The duck doesn't fly, but did anyone ever really think it would? ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 25, 2007
12% Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) By ordinary movie standards it's awful, but fans of cinematic dementia should have fun for about half an hour. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 17, 2007
65% Q (1982) Cohen's obviously having fun with the cheesy clay animation, and Michael Moriarty delivers an inspired, whacked-out performance as a small-time operater who tries to turn the monster into his own private bonanza, but the rest... is disengaged and sloppy. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 28, 2007
90% The Color of Money (1986) A solidly crafted entertainment that, for the most part, strikes a successful balance between commercial necessity and personal expression. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 26, 2007
88% Hoosiers (1986) Bobby Knight would not be amused, though Tark the Shark might've had a good laugh at the naive masquerade. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 21, 2007
96% Mafioso (1964) Filmed in Milan, Sicily, and New York, Alberto Lattuada's 1962 black comedy is one of his most critically suc ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 10, 2007
94% Manhunter (1986) I'm intrigued by that stylistic envelope: simultaneously hypnotic and enervating, meditative and empty. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 7, 2007
88% Platoon (1986) For all the purported naturalism, the film seems resolutely schematic, and the attitudes shaping the drama are far from open-ended. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 5, 2007