1980’s

[7.5] Spock himself, Leonard Nimoy, jumps into the director’s chair for The Search for Spock, which picks up immediately after the events of The Wrath of Khan. When Kirk (William Shatner) learns that Spock’s soul has been transferred to McCoy (DeForest Kelley) and that his body has been regenerated on the newly-formed Genesis planet, the Enterprise crew decide to risk everything to make Spock whole …

[8.0] Captain Kirk (William Shatner), Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Bones (DeForest Kelley) and the rest of the Enterprise’s bridge crew return in this sequel that better captures the spirit of the original TV show than the previous feature film. Khan Noonien Singhe (Ricardo Montalban), who was exiled by Kirk in one of the TV episodes, returns with a vow of vengeance on the man who left …

[8.0] George C. Scott stars in this creepy ghost story about a grieving widower who moves into a historic mansion where a young child was murdered over seventy years ago. As the child’s spirit communicates with Scott’s character, he’s able to begin an investigation into who the child was and why they were killed. Only then will the haunting cease! The Changeling is one of …

[8.0] Writer/director Lawrence Kasdan (Body Heat, Grand Canyon) brings us this film about seven college friends who reunite for a weekend after one of their group commits suicide. The Big Chill is a fly-on-the-wall ensemble drama with a healthy sense of humor, a great soundtrack, and a rock solid cast. Glenn Close and Kevin Kline play the couple hosting the gathering. Among their guests are …

[7.5] After taking an interesting turn for the worse with their first sequel, New Line Cinema corrects course with a third Freddy movie that’s just as good as the original film. Original star Heather Langenkamp returns as a psychologist that specializes in dreams, hired on at a hospital where suicidal teens are being terrorized by Freddy. When the kids begin dying, Langenkamp helps a new …

[8.5] Bob Hoskins stars as a 1940s Hollywood detective who is reluctantly pulled into a murder investigation in which the prime suspect is a cartoon rabbit. Can he overcome his hatred of ‘toons’ and prove Roger Rabbit’s innocence? Or will the real culprit get away with much more than murder? Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Romancing the Stone) directs this hybrid blend of animation …

[7.5] Nineteen year-old Tom Cruise made his star-making turn alongside Rebecca DeMornay in writer/director Paul Brickman’s directorial debut, Risky Business. Cruise plays a college-bound teen who’s forced to turn his parents’ upper class home into a brothel for one illustrious night in order to pay for accidentally destroying his father’s Porsche. DeMornay plays a call girl who proposes the whole endeavor. Along the way, they …

[7.5] Teenagers are hunted in their dreams by a murderous burn victim. But unlike normal nightmares, if the kids die in their dreams, they also die in real life. Writer/director Wes Craven (Scream, The Hills Have Eyes) works from a marvelous concept and introduces the world to one of the horror genre’s most indelible villains — Freddy Krueger, played with monstrous glee by Robert Englund, …

[7.5] Corey Haim (The Lost Boys) and Megan Follows (Anne of Green Gables) star as young siblings in a small town where a series of grisly murders takes place. Follows’ character is jealous of all the latitude her wheelchair-bound brother gets, but the two begin to bond when they discover the identity of the killer — and that he’s no ordinary human, but a werewolf. …

[8.0] Famed Oscar-winning film editor Walter Murch co-writes and directs this dark but lovingly created sequel to the classic The Wizard of Oz. Of course the sequel fails to compare to the original, but if you take Return to Oz on its own merits, it’s an inventive, charming, extraordinarily well-crafted film. Dorothy (Fairuza Balk) has been back from Oz for six months, but is suffering …

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