review: Hollywood finally figures out what to do with Tom Hanks.
U2: Rattle & Hum
review: U2's chances of becoming the next Beatles fizzled when US audiences didn't respond kindly to this doc featuring the band's efforts to embrace the native culture. But it's essential for fans, and anyone still looking for great music and the next big thing.
review: Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman are actually more memorable than the movie that made their careers.
review: The perpetual battle to make Westerns popular again gave the Brat Pack one of its battles, and they ran with it quite memorably.
review: Oliver Stone tackles something that only got bigger in the years ahead. But it was a noble effort.
review: Honestly, I think it'd have more cultural staying power if it had been a cartoon.
A Fish Called Wanda
review: The adult comedy kind reached a definitive turning point with this one.
review: Dustin Hoffman so often went to the character well, he kind of predicted the arc of Johnny Depp's career without anyone noticing. And then Daniel Day-Lewis had to go and prove how much critics would love it if he only picked dramatic parts...
Eight Men Out
review: If it had featured Shoeless Joe Jackson more prominently, it might seem more distinguished.
Au Revoir, Les Enfants
review: A foreign film! This French flick about a teacher forced to leaves his students behind during WWII is either a litmus test for how much you'll like this sort of thing, or proof that maudlin entertainment exists in every language.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
review: Probably would have been more significant had it starred, say, Bugs Bunny.
review: Kind of like the fantasy version of Star Wars. From a certain point of view.
Coming to America
review: I think this is where Eddie Murphy took the template for much of the rest of his career.
The Land Before Time
review: Launched a direct-to-video series that probably dulled its impact over time.
Gorillas in the Mist
review: Lifeless if exquisite.
Stand and Deliver
review: This is kind of classic '80s looking for that moral voice.