The Frighteners
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REVIEW: The Frighteners (2.75)

Blending humor and horror, director Peter Jackson’s outlandish tale centers on shady psychic detective Frank Bannister (Michael J. Fox), who uses his ability to communicate with the dead to boost his business. But when a sinister spirit is unleashed and members of the community are mysteriously killed, the P.I. — with the help of a comely widow (Trini Alvarado) — must use his powers to get to the bottom of the supernatural slayings.

DeadMan
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REVIEW: Dead Man (3)

Only Jim Jarmusch could direct a Western like this: a poetry-loving American Indian mistakes accountant William Blake (Johnny Depp) for the English writer by the same name, while bounty hunters take Blake for a murderer. Jarmusch packs his independent-minded film with an unlikely collection of castmates, including Iggy Pop, Gabriel Byrne, John Hurt — and Robert Mitchum, in one of his final big-screen roles.<

DeadMan
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REVIEW: Dead Man (3)

Only Jim Jarmusch could direct a Western like this: a poetry-loving American Indian mistakes accountant William Blake (Johnny Depp) for the English writer by the same name, while bounty hunters take Blake for a murderer. Jarmusch packs his independent-minded film with an unlikely collection of castmates, including Iggy Pop, Gabriel Byrne, John Hurt — and Robert Mitchum, in one of his final big-screen roles.

TheFrontPage

The Front Page (3)

Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau play battling newspapermen in 1920s Chicago in this fast-paced version of the comedy classic from director Billy Wilder. Lemmon is ace reporter Hildy Johnson and Matthau his irascible editor, Walter Burns. Hildy wants to quit and marry Peggy Grant (Susan Sarandon), but Walter will do anything to stop him, and an escaped killer (Austin Pendleton) gives him just the scoop he needs to lure Hildy back to work.

Movers&Shakers

Movers & Shakers (2)

Bigwig Hollywood producer Joe Mulholland (Walter Matthau) finds himself in way over his head when, in an attempt to fulfill a promise he made to a dying friend, sets out to make a movie adaptation of a markedly uncinematic sex manual called Love in Sex. Charles Grodin, who also writes and produces this satire, co-stars as Herb Derman, the screenwriter cursed with the near-impossible job of turning the book into a screen-worthy tale.

InTheNameoftheFather

In the Name of the Father (4.25)

CONSENSUS: “With great acting and an amazing, true life story, In the Name of the Father is a sure winner. Daniel Day-Lewis and Pete Postlethwaite do amazing work here. It’s long, but worth it.”

TheBoxer

The Boxer (3.5)

CONSENSUS: “Our prevailing opinion about this movie is that it is pretty darn solid. It features a great cast led by Daniel Day-Lewis and is fairly compelling. Yet, this movie does struggle with its focus and it isn’t much of a boxing movie.”