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Review: 'Nuts'

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Based on the stageplay by Tom Topor, Nuts presents a premise weighted down by portentous performances. Issue of society's right to judge someone's sanity and the subjectivity of mental health is not…

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Review: 'Light of Day'

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At heart, Light of Day is a tortured family melodrama with a rock 'n' roll beat. Renegade daughter Patti Rasnick (Joan Jett) and her younger brother Joe (Michael J. Fox) play in the Barbusters, a…

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Review: 'Ishtar'

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Here's how the story goes: Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman are struggling and mightily untalented songwriters-singers in New York. They hook up with talent agent Jack Weston (who delivers a fine…

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Review: 'Happy New Year'

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Crime pays off in this unpretentious buddy picture about two middle-aged jewel thieves going for the big score in Palm Beach [based on Claude Lelouch's 1973 film La bonne annee]. Topliners Peter Falk…

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Review: 'Dragnet'

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Dragnet tries very hard to parody its 1950s TV series progenitor but winds up more innocuous than inventive. Dan Aykroyd as Jack Webb as Sgt. Joe Friday gives the role his best but confines of the…

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Review: 'China Girl'

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China Girl is a masterfully directed, uncompromising drama and romance centering on gang rumbles (imaginary) between the neighboring Chinatown and Little Italy communities in New York City.

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Review: 'Barfly'

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Barfly is a lowlife fairytale, an ethereal seriocomedy about gutter existence from the pen of one who's been there, Charles Bukowski. First American fictional feature from Swiss-French director…

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