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  • Raising Arizona (PG-13)

    Joel and Ethan Coen's 1987 Road Runner comedy in overdrive, about a convenience-store bandit (Nicolas Cage) who swipes the infant son of an unfinished-furniture tycoon, then has a hard time holding on to the kid. more...
  • Ratboy

    Sondra Locke, spunky blond costar of assorted Clint Eastwood epics, made her film-directing debut with this tale of a rodent-faced boy (S.L. Baird) who's exploited for crass commercial gain by a hustling self-promoter (Locke herself). more...
  • Red Kiss

    Vera Belmont's 1986 Berlin festival Silver Bear winner touches on a favorite confessional theme of the apolitical 80s: the disillusion of 50s communist-raised children with the Stalinist politics of their elders. more...
  • Red Love

    West German filmmaker Rosa von Praunheim's ironically shaded analysis of sexual liberation vis-a-vis the women's movement and its deeply ambiguous impact on women's personal lives and patterns of social relating. more...
  • Reform School Girls

    They must've been working overtime on the Xerox machines at New World Pictures, since this 1986 women-behind-bars exploitation spoof sounds like a literal remake of 1983's Chained Heat (which was itself a remake of a remake of a remake), with former Plasmatic Wendy O. Williams in the Sybil Danning barn-boss role, Sybil Danning in the Stella Stevens martinet-warden part, and Pat Ast as the predictably vicious prison matron who takes toy animals away from her fluff-brained charges. more...
  • Restless Natives

    Two penurious Scottish lads, tired of chronic underemployment in their native Edinburgh, decide to make their lives more interesting and profitable by robbing tourist excursion buses in the Highlands. more...
  • The Revolt of the Daughters-in-Law

    Melis Abzalov's comic allegory of Soviet regional discontent finds seven brides rebelling against the tyrannical mother of the seven nonmusical brothers they've married. more...
  • Rhubarb

    Cat inherits a baseball team and players get angry. more...
  • River's Edge

    Something very odd about this 1986 feature: a teen problem drama fighting David Lynch battles with its own right-thinking consciousness. more...
  • RoboCop (R)

    Android policeman roots out criminals in futuristic Detroit at the behest of greedy corporate controllers. more...
  • Round Midnight (R)

    Bertrand Tavernier's perenially heavy mood seems especially well suited to this indigo-shaded story (1986) of a black American sax man (Dexter Gordon) living and performing in Paris in the late 50s, though the point here is the music (enlarging on Tavernier's well-known affection for American blues-jazz idioms): the not-quite-satisfactory relationship Tavernier concocts between Gordon's alcoholic musician and a chirrupy young Frenchman who becomes his self-appointed protector seems little more than a dramatic excuse for the performances that flow around it. more...
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  • Routine Pleasures

    Jean-Pierre Gorin, who worked with Godard in his high-Maoist phase, directed this oddball documentary about the anything-but-routine pleasures of a bunch of model-railroad enthusiasts, whose world of HO-gauge miniaturization takes on the character of an all-embracing fantasy. more...
  • Roxanne

    Update of the Cyrano legend from transplanted Australian Fred Schepisi (The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith), based on Steve Martin's adaptation of Edmond Rostand's 19th-century stage fantasy. more...