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RUTHLESS PEOPLE
1986, Buena Vista Pictures, 93 min, USA, Dir: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker

Kidnappers Judge Reinhold and Helen Slater think they've found their ticket to the good life when they snatch Bette Midler, the wife of a wealthy businessman (Danny DeVito). The problem is that the woman's husband was already planning to murder her and is thrilled to have her out of the way. This is only the first of an endless series of clever - and hilariously nasty - twists and turns in this brilliant farce from the creators of AIRPLANE! and TOP SECRET.


BATMAN RETURNS
1992, Warner Bros., 126 min, USA, Dir: Tim Burton

Abandoned mutant baby Danny DeVito grows up to be Gotham City's formidable villain The Penguin, one of several opponents Michael Keaton has to face in Tim Burton's second Batman movie. There's also Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman and Christopher Walken's Max Shreck, all of whom take on Batman in a rare sequel that is every bit as rich and compelling as the original.


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