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Rating Title/Year Author
2/4 Action Jackson (1988) Richard Freedman [ Weathers] shows here what one had long suspected from his Rocky debut: an attractive personality with more than enough charisma to fill the screen in a worthier film than this. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
1/4 The Sicilian (1987) Richard Freedman A wallow in bloodshed, cliches and grandiose effects coming from no discernible causes. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
The Fly (1986) Richard Freedman With a small but top-notch cast, it's not only a credible love story but a morality tale that goes far beyond the familiar '50s bromide that there are some things God didn't intend us to know. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
4/4 The Untouchables (1987) Richard Freedman It's a beautifully controlled film, as well as an intensely exciting and enjoyable one. Although De Niro and Connery easily walk away with the acting honors, the less flamboyant performance of Costner is perhaps the most admirable in the film. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
3.5/4 The Last Emperor (1987) Richard Freedman As a resplendently gorgeous historical pageant of China in the 20th century, The Last Emperor is, visually at least, the most beautiful movie in years. But as an involving human drama about Pu Yi... it doggedly refuses to come to much dramatic life. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
3/4 The Big Easy (1986) Richard Freedman There is nothing easy about its own attitude, which is moral without being censorious.... with actors as engaging as Barkin and Quaid to say nothing of the ever-reliable Beatty the process is a delight to watch. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
Big Trouble (1986) Richard Freedman What starts out as a merry enough romp soon runs out of steam and becomes painfully labored. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
1/4 The Squeeze (1987) Richard Freedman The Squeeze is the kind of insufferably dull and derivative self-styled "comedy caper" doomed to play for about a week in movie theaters and then be instantly relegated to in-flight limbo. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
2.5/4 Frantic (1988) Richard Freedman There are so many good things in Frantic that one feels irritated the movie as a whole isn't better than it is. It's certainly miles better than Polanski's most recent effort, the disastrous Pirates, but not as good as it should be. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
North Shore (1987) Richard Freedman North Shore keeps threatening to expire from sheer brainlessness. But then along comes an evening vista that shows how Sunset Beach got its name, or a crash of waves that looks like a living Hokusai, and you realize summer is still very much with us. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
The Manhattan Project (1986) Richard Freedman Marshall Brickman's The Manhattan Project is also about the development of a nuclear device, but it's a lot of fun and perhaps the most exciting movie of the summer season so far. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
2.5/4 Roxanne (1987) Richard Freedman Martin is very funny in the role, and most ingenious about finding modern equivalents for the various bits of business in the original play. Yet the nagging question remains: Why? EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Invaders From Mars (1986) Richard Freedman None of this will exactly make you faint -- either from terror or pleasure. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
3/4 Dragnet (1987) Richard Freedman This is the only review of it you'll read that resists the temptation to open by quoting the naggingly insistent Dragnet motif of "Dum-de-dum-dum." There's just nothing dumb about this agreeably lightweight spoof. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
3.5/4 Throw Momma From the Train (1987) Richard Freedman Throw Momma from the Train is a comic triumph for all involved. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Shadow Hours (2000) Bob Campbell Isaac Eaton's mucky morality play slips steadily from interesting to obvious to awful. Only Weller's spectral authority enlivens this ludicrous crawl through Los Angeles' lower depths. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
2/4 The Preacher's Wife (1996) Dana Harris While the movie has heartwarming stamped all over it, the plot stacks the deck against this light comedy with a dark undercurrent of marital insecurity, failure of leadership and testing one's faith. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
2/4 Sylvia (1985) Richard Freedman Pleasantly informative, if dramatically rather dim. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
My Wicked, Wicked Ways: The Legend of Errol Flynn (1985) David Cuthbert My Wicked, Wicked Ways is a wretched. wretched television movie about the Hollywood heyday of Errol Flynn. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
Haunted Honeymoon (1986) Richard Freedman The trouble with Haunted Honeymoon is in the writing, which just isn't sharp or funny enough to keep one's attention from wandering about the haunted corridors of Wolfington Castle well ahead of the camera in search of some real entertainment. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
Murphy's Law (1986) Richard Freedman [Murphy's Law] boasts neither the sheer, giddy firepower of the last Death Wish movie, nor a situation of its own likely to engage the attention of anyone not a wholly committed Bronson addict. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
0/4 Evil Dead 2 (1987) Richard Freedman The problem is that with no characters to care about, the decapitated heads, the eyeballs caroming out of someone's skull to land in someone else's mouth, the buzzing chainsaws and the incessant screaming don't really add up to very much. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
0/4 Steele Justice (1987) Richard Freedman Who needs a Rambo spoof when Rambo so successfully spoofed itself? EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
1/4 Aloha Summer (1988) Richard Freedman Aloha Summer remains at heart a sappy beach movie that misses out on only one cliche of the genre: Nobody gleefully announces, in English, Japanese or Hawaiian: "Surf's up!" EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
3/4 Stakeout (1987) Richard Freedman The liveliest buddy movie -- police style -- in years. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
1/4 Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) Richard Freedman In his fourth and feeblest movie appearance in just under a decade, the man of steel in blue underwear becomes a peacenik. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
The Bedroom Window (1987) Richard Freedman The profound moral of The Bedroom Window is: Don't have an affair with your boss' wife, because she might witness a crime from a place where she isn't supposed to be. You could get fired that way. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
Pirates (1986) Richard Freedman Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of Maa lox for Pirates, the sorriest movie ever to fly the Jolly Roger. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
Out of Bounds (1986) Richard Freedman Utterly unoriginal and uninspired. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
Maximum Overdrive (1986) Richard Freedman Maximum Overdrive is minimum movie-making by no less a celebrity than best-selling horror writer Stephen King, here making his less-than-auspicious directorial debut. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
4/4 The Witches of Eastwick (1987) Richard Freedman This is a remarkably faithful rendition on film of a most diverting novel showing that, in the right hands, movies can achieve all the delights of literate entertainment. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
For Keeps (1988) Richard Freedman The result is essentially the pilot for a sentimentally sweet TV sitcom machine-tooled for the current craze of baby-boom movies. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
0/4 Creepshow 2 (1987) Richard Freedman One of the many repulsive things about the film is the simple-minded moralizing that blights all three tales. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
2/4 Anguish (1987) Richard Freedman Anguish is just what we needed to wile the rest of the winter away: a slasher movie with metaphysical pretensions. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
1/4 Deadly Friend (1986) Richard Freedman The sad news, though, about this essentially silly and derivative horror film is that it's by Wes Craven, the master of the genre who gave us Last House on the Left and A Nightmare on Elm Street. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
The Fourth Protocol (1987) Richard Freedman Caine, as always, is a joy to watch, whether grimly tracking his man, telling off his supercilious boss, or, sloshed on New Year's Eve, blowing a wall safe in a posh London pad. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
Reform School Girls (1986) Richard Freedman 94 minutes of unadorned schlock for sadists. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
Honeysuckle Rose (1980) Richard Freedman Honeysuckle Rose is not so much a movie as a visual gloss for the bestselling country-and-western records of Willie Nelson. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
() Richard Freedman Scenes in Central Park, a sadomasochistic club and a posh restaurant are not accurate, let alone atmospheric. At just under 90 minutes, Forever, Lulu doesn't quite live up to its title. It only seems that way. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
0/4 The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987) Richard Freedman What Garbage amounts to is just that: an ugly, brutal, humorless exploitation flick. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
2.5/4 Fatal Attraction (1987) Richard Freedman Until it goes berserk in the last reel or so, Fatal Attraction is an absorbing drama of civilized adultery that gets less civilized as it goes on to its inevitable conclusion. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
2.5/4 Benji the Hunted (1987) Richard Freedman It's perfect for snoozing to if Benji's soundless adventures begin to pall, as they may for post-nine-year-olds. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
3/4 Extreme Prejudice (1987) Richard Freedman Beneath its trendy veneer of covert operations, Extreme Prejudice is a whale of an old-fashioned Western. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
3/4 Suspect (1987) Richard Freedman Suspect is a thoroughly enjoyable example of an overworked genre. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986) Richard Freedman Nothing in Brighton Beach Memoirs really catches fire all seems compounded of old radio family sitcoms, a thick impasto of easy humor and crushing sentimentality. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
0/4 You Can't Hurry Love (1988) Richard Freedman Maybe you can't hurry love, but that's no excuse for this sodden jape to be quite so plodding and lethargic. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
0/4 Prettykill (1987) Richard Freedman [A] labored, congested exploitation flick. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
2/4 Moving (1988) Richard Freedman While Pryor is perfectly adequate in the role, it hardly does justice to his talents, which here are largely confined to rolling his eyes in mute agony. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
4/4 No Way Out (1987) Richard Freedman The summer's best movie is No Way Out, a complex, rip-roaring suspense tale with a difference: It's about believable people caught in a real jam. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
Angel Heart (1987) Richard Freedman Angel Heart has more style than substance. But what style! EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019