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  • Black Widow (R)

    Bob Rafelson (Five Easy Pieces) came out of hibernation with this 1987 tale of a federal agent (Debra Winger) on the trail of a deadly sexual predator (Theresa Russell) who invariably murders the wealthy men she marries. more...
  • The Boston Strangler (R)

    Richard Fleischer's professional efficiency tarts up a bit with dated 60s flashiness (multiple images, etc) and semidocumentary pretense in this 1968 feature about Boston sex murderer Albert De Salvo (Tony Curtis), brought to justice at last by police inspector Henry Fonda (Fleischer was shortly to tackle similar material in 10 Rillington Place, an account of the career of British serial slayer John Christie). more...
  • Down by Law (R)

    Jim Jarmusch's Stranger Than Paradise follow-up (1986), about three small-time cons (John Lurie, Tom Waits, Roberto Benigni) who bust out of jail, only to find that life on the outside isn't any more interesting than life indoors. more...
  • Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn (R)

    Sam Raimi's 1987 sequel to his furiously kinetic 1983 horror, with resurrected demons battling the usual assortment of human incompetents. more...
  • Hands of Steel (R)

    Ostensibly a Terminator spin-off (1986), though the pointless zooms, empty angles, cookie-cutter editing, and generically bouncy music put you in mind of a failed TV pilot, or maybe an excruciatingly extended episode of The Incredible Hulk, with aspiring hulkoid Daniel Greene as the Lou Ferrigno stand-in. more...
  • The Lost Boys (R)

    A mother and her two sons move into a strange California community only to discover that all the neighborhood teens are vampires. more...
  • Manhunter (R)

    After creating Miami Vice, Michael Mann returned to the action-movie fray with this 1986 story of an FBI investigator (William L. Petersen) on the trail of psycho killer Hannibal Lecter (Brian Cox). more...
  • The Messenger (R)

    Fred Williamson offs the pushers in this Italian-produced antidrug actioner; Williamson directed, and Chris Connelly, Cameron Mitchell, and Michael Dante costar. more...
  • One More Saturday Night (R)

    Dating dos and don'ts for the 80s, in which love-starved adults and horny teens learn that the rules of the game apply to everyone, or something like that. more...
  • Platoon (R)

    Oliver Stone's fictionalized memoir of the Vietnam war (1986) attempts to re-create, as viscerally as possible, the harrowing realities of combat—blood and guts and traumatized emotions splayed out like freshly exploded corpses in a minefield. more...
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  • Predator (R)

    Arnold Schwarzenegger is the leader of an elite military force whose men are being exterminated by a hungry extraterrestrial. 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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  • Sid and Nancy (R)

    For all the furious acting out on view, Alex Cox's 1986 feature about rock-scene burnouts Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen (Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb) seems a study in contemporary asceticism; their lacerating pursuit of subcultural purity couldn't be more thorough if undertaken in a monk's cell. more...