06/04/2013 Psycho II (1983) 3.0
Good sequel to Hitchcock's classic finds Norman Bates released and again living in the house behind the motel. Anthony Perkins performance is the main reason to see the film, which starts to get a little silly in the plotting department before it's all over.
06/04/2013 Psycho III (1986) 3.0
Mother's back and Norman promises to put up a fight this time. Perkins makes his directing debut and he does a fine job, helming an atmospheric thriller with comedic moments. The "ice-box" scene is terrific, as is Carter Burwell's haunting score. No big surprises but an interesting continuation of the Norman saga.
06/05/2013 The Man With Two Brains (1983) 3.0
Steve Martin plays renowned brain surgeon who falls in love with a brain kept alive by fellow scientist David Warner. Martin's unfaithful but greedy wife (Kathleen Turner) doesn't approve. Plenty of laughs makes this one of the wild and crazy guy's best.
06/05/2013 Roxanne (1987) 3.5
Steve Martin adapted "Cyrano de Bergerac" into this winning romantic comedy. Martin plays fire chief C.D. Bales who's smitten with the new scientist (Daryl Hannah) in town. But she's more interested in new good looking fireman Chris. Sweet-natured film has laughs a-plenty but also a lot of heart, which is why it works so well. The entire cast is excellent, but it's Martin's movie all the way.
06/06/2013 Trading Places (1983) 3.0
Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy find their fortunes reversed when they become guinea pigs for wall street goons' social experiment. Lots of laughs and a naughty turn by Jamie Lee Curtis overcome familiar,.predictable story.
06/07/2013 Octopussy (1983) 3.0
Fine James Bond outing has the super spy involved with jewel smugglers, circus performers, and a power-mad Russian. Louis Jordan makes a fine villain, Maud Adams a lovely leading lady. Finale aboard a small aircraft is a hair-raiser.
06/07/2013 The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear (1991) 3.0
Funny sequel to even funnier original has Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) of Police Squad foil a plan by energy big wigs who are trying to prevent the U.S. from going green. Nielsen is the perfect straight man to all the loonacy.
06/08/2013 Scanners (1981) 3.5
Excellent sci-fi/horror from writer-director David Cronenberg. Telepathic individuals called scanners are congregating under the leadership of power mad Revok (Michael Ironside). Scientist Dr. Paul Ruth (Patrick McGoohan) finds a scanner (Stephen Lack) who Revok hasn't turned - yet. Full of imaginative ideas, great visuals, and icky special effects.
06/10/2013 Superman III (1983) 1.0
Good Lord what were they thinking? The makers of this third Christopher Reeve Superman entry attempt a deliberately campy film with goofy humor and over-the-top performances. But it fails miserably. Richard Pryor is a less-than-honest computer programmer who gets caught up in Robert Vaughn's schemes to corner the coffee and oil markets. Of course they first must try to put Superman out of commission. Absolutely painful.
06/10/2013 The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994) 2.5
While not as funny as its predecessors this final Police Squad movie still has its moments of hilarity. Retired from the force Frank Drebin nevertheless becomes involved with plot to sabotage the Academy Awards. Perhaps notable as O.J. Simpson's final film.
Edited by John Stell, June 14 2013 - 06:03 AM.
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