PARENTHOOD
1989, Universal, 124 min, USA, Dir: Ron Howard

Raising children has never seemed so hilarious, frustrating and true to life as in this delightful dramedy from director Ron Howard. Featuring an Oscar-winning original song from Randy Newman, the film follows overwhelmed parents-of-three Gil (Steve Martin) and Karen Buckman (Mary Steenburgen) as they learn to juggle work, friends and their extended family of four generations. The stellar ensemble includes Joaquin Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, Tom Hulce, Rick Moranis, Martha Plimpton, Jason Robards and Dianne Wiest, who took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.


STREETS OF FIRE
1984, Universal, 94 min, USA, Dir: Walter Hill

One of the great guilty pleasures of the 1980s, director Walter Hill’s spectacular, rock & roll-fueled pulp classic roars at you like a souped-up roadster with the radio going full blast. B-movie god Michael Paré stars as an enigmatic loner who comes back to town to save former gal-pal Diane Lane from the clutches of sinister biker chieftain Willem Dafoe (sporting one of the wickedest hair-dos known to mankind.) Outtasight, baby!


MY BLUE HEAVEN
1990, Warner Bros., 97 min, USA, Dir: Herbert Ross

Uptight federal agent Barney Coopersmith (Rick Moranis) is put in charge of wild man Vinnie Antonelli (Steve Martin) when the gangster is placed in a witness relocation program. Unfortunately for Barney, Vinnie has no intention of leaving his life of crime behind. Nora Ephron's typically witty script plays like a comic sequel to GOODFELLAS and serves as a showcase for two brilliant comedic talents.


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