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  • The Fabulous Baker Boys

    The Fabulous Baker Boys | MOVIE REVIEW

    It's parsley," says susie diamond, A professional escort turned singer on the cocktail-lounge circuit. She's trying to explain to Frank Baker (Beau Bridges), one-half of the piano-playing duo that employs her -- Jack Baker (Jeff Bridges) is...

    October 13, 1989 3:35 PM ET
  • Crimes and Misdemeanors

    Crimes and Misdemeanors | MOVIE REVIEW

    What we have in Crimes and Misdemeanors is the first American film comedy about the absence of God. Naturally, it's from Woody Allen, the director-writer-actor for whom laughs are never enough. That attitude rankles those drawn to...

    October 13, 1989 3:20 PM ET
  • Breaking In

    Breaking In | MOVIE REVIEW

    Burt Reynolds has tweaked his he-man image before; he was Cosmo's first nude male centerfold. But this? In his latest, a wry comedy about thieves, Burt sports a potbelly, gray hair and yellow teeth and limps around...

    October 13, 1989 12:02 PM ET
  • Look Who's Talking

    Look Who's Talking | MOVIE REVIEW

    Ever since his smash in Saturday Night Fever, John Travolta has taken heat for making too many movies that show off his body and little else. None of that here. As a cabdriver named James in this...

    October 13, 1989 12:00 AM ET
  • Drugstore Cowboy

    Drugstore Cowboy | MOVIE REVIEW

    Casting teen dream Matt Dillon as a junkie going straight sounds like one of those noxious notions dreamed up by a politician for yet another Just Say No campaign. Admirable causes usually make for deadly moviemaking. The...

    October 6, 1989 12:00 AM ET
  • The Old Gringo

    The Old Gringo | MOVIE REVIEW

    You expect more of the film version of Carlos Fuentes's acclaimed novel of Mexico than Jane Fonda caught in the middle of a ¿Quién es más macho? match between Gregory Peck and Jimmy Smits. Still, it's a...

    October 6, 1989 12:00 AM ET
  • Welcome Home

    Welcome Home | MOVIE REVIEW

    Another bring-the-Vietnam-War-home movie. This one is so bad that it makes the faults of In Country seem like artistic flourishes. Kris Kristofferson is Lieutenant Jake Robbins, shot down over Cambodia in 1970 and presumed dead. His wife,...

    September 29, 1989 12:04 PM ET
  • In Country

    In Country | MOVIE REVIEW

    When Emmett Smith (Bruce Willis) left his home in rural Kentucky to fight in Vietnam, he heard promises of his country's devotion. Decades later, Emmett — alienated, unemployed and plagued by waking nightmares of a war he's...

    September 29, 1989 12:00 AM ET
  • Black Rain

    Black Rain | MOVIE REVIEW

    In his Oscar-winning role in Wall Street, Michael Douglas was a scumbag trader who dirtied his soul but kept his hands clean. Now, as the grungy NYPD detective Nick Conklin, Douglas — in a galvanizing performance —...

    September 22, 1989 12:00 AM ET
  • Queen of Hearts

    Queen of Hearts | MOVIE REVIEW

    This movie moonbeam sneaks up on you. The opening scene plays like an Italian opera. In a beautiful town near Florence, Rosa (Anita Zagaria) -- a young bride-to-be -- flees Barbariccia (Vittorio Amandola), her intended, to run...

    September 20, 1989 3:20 PM ET
  • A Dry White Season

    A Dry White Season | MOVIE REVIEW

    Marlon Brando, Al Pacino's Mafia daddy in The Godfather, is also enjoying a comeback. Offscreen since The Formuls in 1980, Brando returns in this provocative drama of apartheid, playing a British barrister who specializes in human rights....

    September 20, 1989 3:10 PM ET
  • Queen of Hearts

    Queen of Hearts | MOVIE REVIEW

    This movie moonbeam sneaks up on you. The opening scene plays like an Italian opera. In a beautiful town near Florence, Rosa (Anita Zagaria) — a young bride-to-be — flees Barbariccia (Vittorio Amandola), her intended, to run...

    September 20, 1989 12:00 AM ET
  • Sea of Love

    Sea of Love | MOVIE REVIEW

    With 'sea of love', his first good movie in fourteen years, Al Pacino ends a hellish losing streak: Bobby Deerfield (1977),. . . And Justice for All (1979), Cruising (1980), Author! Author! (1982), Scar-face (1983), Revolution (1985)....

    September 15, 1989 3:00 PM ET
  • The Big Picture

    The Big Picture | MOVIE REVIEW

    You keep rooting for this Hollywood sendup to make it, even as the bad ideas start gaining on the good. What a concept: Create a comedy about a student filmmaker (Kevin Bacon) who wins a chance to...

    September 15, 1989 12:00 AM ET
  • The Plot Against Harry

    The Plot Against Harry | MOVIE REVIEW

    It may take you a while to get your bearings while watching this hypnotically funny curio about Harry Plotnik (Martin Priest), a Jewish mobster from the Bronx trying to reclaim his numbers operation after nine months in...

    September 13, 1989 12:00 AM ET
  • The Little Thief

    The Little Thief | MOVIE REVIEW

    Janine is seventeen. Left in the care of relatives by a neglectful mother, she turns to stealing. To escape the crushing monotony of her small-town life, she sneaks out of school, trades her drab uniform for a...

    August 25, 1989 2:55 PM ET
  • Wired

    Wired | MOVIE REVIEW

    From the day it was announced that a movie would be made of Bob Woodward's book Wired: The Short Life and Fast Times of John Belushi, people got riled up. Woodward, the Washington Post's whiz, wrote not...

    August 25, 1989 2:45 PM ET
  • Casualties of War

    Casualties of War | MOVIE REVIEW

    In the thick of the vietnam conflict back in 1968, only one movie honcho had the brass to put his views, however crackers, right up there on the screen. I'm talking about the dove-baiting Duke himself, John...

    August 18, 1989 2:20 PM ET
  • Sex, Lies, and Videotape

    Sex, Lies, and Videotape | MOVIE REVIEW

    Written in eight days and shot over five weeks on a meager $1.2 million budget by a twenty-six-year-old first-time feature director with a no-star cast and zilch special effects, this independent film is now the surprise success...

    August 18, 1989 2:10 PM ET
  • Uncle Buck

    Uncle Buck | MOVIE REVIEW

    During the same time that John Belushi was rising to prominence on Saturday Night Live, John Candy, another oversize comic with a talent to match, was building his reputation on SCTV. His first movie roles, supporting parts...

    August 16, 1989 2:55 PM ET
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