The remake of the 1968 film starring Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway is better. Insurance investigator Rene Russo pursues Pierce Brosnan (who steals priceless paintings), and they make a cool, sexy couple with real chemistry in a movie for grown-ups.
A spoof of disasters films, specifically the “Airport” movies and “Zero Hour” (1957), this comedy standard is sophomoric and really funny. Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves and Leslie Nielsen are outstanding, satirizing dramatic versions of themselves.
Richard Pryor masters the art of autobiographical comedy, inhabiting and impersonating white people, squirrel monkeys and body parts — the most stunning, his heart during his heart attack. It is, quite possibly, the best stand-up concert ever.
Michael Keaton adeptly uses his kinetic energy to play an alcoholic and drug addict who enters rehab to hide from his problems. Keaton is dark and comic and angry all at once. Morgan Freeman plays Keaton’s counselor and Kathy Baker his love interest.
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