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[3] Saturday Night Live‘s Mike Myers and Dana Carvey turn their recurring skit into a feature-length movie directed by Penelope Spheeris (Suburbia, The Boys Next Door). Rob Lowe co-stars as a television producer who gives the lads a chance to turn their irreverent public-broadcast show into a commercial TV sensation — if they can only bow to the demands of corporate sponsorship. I couldn’t wait …

[4] Bruce Willis stars as a private eye trying to protect a stripper who thinks she’s in danger. When she ends up killed, her boyfriend, a disgraced football player (Damon Wayans), ingratiates himself to Willis to help discover who’s responsible for her murder. The story ends up involving corruption at the highest levels of government and professional football. The Last Boy Scout is a cookie-cutter …

[4] Chris Columbus (Adventures in Babysitting) directs this John Hughes production about an eight-year-old boy accidentally left at home while his family flies to Paris for the Christmas holiday. At first, the boy (Uncle Buck‘s Macaulay Culkin) enjoys his freedom, but when two burglars (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) target the house, he must find the courage to fend them off. I get why Home …

[5] Bill Murray stars in and co-directs (with screenwriter Howard Franklin) this comedy of errors about a trio of bank robbers who successfully pull off a heist, only to find themselves utterly jinxed in their escape from New York City. Geena Davis and Randy Quaid co-star as Murray’s co-conspirators, with Jason Robards playing the retiring police chief hot on their tails. Quick Change isn’t a …

[6] What if Peter Pan grew up? Steven Spielberg explores the question in his lavish production of Hook, the story of an adult Peter Pan (Robin Williams) who must return to Neverland to rescue his children from the dastardly Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman). But at first, Peter doesn’t even believe in Neverland anymore, or that he is the famous character in J.M. Barries’ books. He’s …

[6] Screenwriter Callie Khouri’s much anticipated follow-up to her Oscar-winning script for Thelma & Louise is a more conventional romantic comedy, but not one without bite. Julia Roberts stars as Grace, a busy wife and mother who discovers her husband (Dennis Quaid) is cheating on her. Her family encourages her to keep it a secret and deal with it privately, but that’s just not Grace’s …

[7] Meryl Streep plays a drug-addicted actress forced to stay with her celebrity mother (Shirley MacLaine) in order for insurance companies to allow her to continue working in Hollywood. Mike Nichols (The Graduate, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) directs this pseudo-autobiographical story written by Star Wars‘ Princess Leia herself, Carrie Fisher (based on her novel). Nichols captures Fisher’s decidedly snarky, self-deprecating tone on what could …

[6] Michael Keaton leads an all-star ensemble in this Ron Howard comedy/drama about newspaper staff trying to balance their high-stress job with the challenges of every-day life. Over the course of twenty-four hours, Keaton’s character chases an exclusive while his pregnant wife (Marisa Tomei) worries if he’ll be there for her and their new family. Glenn Close plays the hard-ass who feuds with Keaton over …

[3] Sylvester Stallone tries to save a group of people trapped in a collapsed New York tunnel in this actioner from director Rob Cohen (Dragonheart, The Fast and the Furious). Daylight is a throwback to Irwin Allen disaster movies like The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno, with the motley group of survivors battling shaky ground, rolling flames, and gushing water — not to mention …

[7] Director Tim Burton puts his stamp on Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, casting his Ed Wood and Edward Scissorhands star Johnny Depp in the role of Ichabod Crane. In this retelling, Crane is a 1799 New York forensic investigator sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate a string of murders. The townspeople tell him the victims are decapitated and their heads haven’t been …

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