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  • Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker

    ★★

  • Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2

  • Il successo

    ★★★

  • Message to Love: The Isle of Wight Festival

    ★★★

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  • Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker

    Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker

    D: Martin Kitrosser. Jane Higginson, William Thone, Tracy Fraim, Mickey Rooney, Brian Bremer, Neith Hunter, Clint Howard. Toys are out to kill a little boy at Christmastime, but who’s respon- sible? Drunken toymaker Petto (Rooney) or his odd son Pino? (The names are clumsy clues.) Overplotted but OK horror thriller with a lot of sex. No plot connection to earlier films in series. [R]

  • Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2

    Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2

    D: Lee Harry. Eric Free- man, James L. Newman, Elizabeth Kaitan. Embarrassing (and unnecessary) follow-up to the Santa Claus-killer film has hero’s younger brother continuing the psychotic carnage. About half the footage here is lifted from the original film (including a memorable scene featuring Linnea Quigley); new scenes are perfunctory. [R]

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  • Hard Boiled

    Hard Boiled

    ★★★

    D: John Woo. Chow Yun-Fat, Tony Leung, Teresa Mo, Philip Chan, Anthony Wong, Kwan Hoi-Shan, A-Lung. Stylish, ultra-violent story of police inspector (Yun-Fat) who teams up with a mysterious hit man (Leung) to stop a gang of arms dealers. Standard plot of revenge and male bonding is springboard for unbelievable action sequences that are bloody, comic, and hypnotic. Yun-Fat is a perfectly assured hero, and director Woo (who wrote the original story) appears as a bartender.

  • Isn't It Romantic?

    Isn't It Romantic?

    D: Norman Z. McLeod. Veronica Lake, Mary Hatcher, Mona Freeman, Billy DeWolfe, Patric Knowles, Roland Culver, Pearl Bailey. No.