** Almost an Angel--You saw the best of this one in the...


January 19, 1991|By LOU CEDRONE

** Almost an Angel--You saw the best of this one in the trailer. Paul Hogan is the petty thief who must do a good deed before he can make it into Heaven. The movie never does. Language. Rating: PG.

**** Avalon--The Barry Levinson film covering three generations of a Baltimore filmily (and filmed here) is a loving tribute to the city and to the writer-director's family. You can't help but like it. Language. Rating: PG-13.

**** Awakenings--A romanticized but engrossing version of an incident that took place in 1969 when a doctor at a hospital in the Bronx brought a group of post-encephalitis patients back to consciousness. Robin Williams and Robert De Niro star. Language. Rating: PG-13.

*** Bonfire of the Vanities--Forget the book and you'll enjoy the movie. Brian De Palma directed, and he's sent it all up as a comedy, which may be the best way to handle this kind of material. Tom Hanks is the broker who takes a wrong turn, finds himself in a ghetto neighborhood and sees his life turn into a nightmare. Language. PG-13.

* Child's Play 2--The continued adventures of a murderous doll and the young boy whose soul it hopes to possess. The movie is not as dumb or as gory as most horror films, but it's still no good. Language, violence. Rating: R.

*** Dances With Wolves--Kevin Costner plays a frontiersman who befriends a tribe of Indians. The epic founders here and there, but for the most part, is as big as its ambitions. Violence, sex, nudity. Rating: PG-13.

*** Edward Scissorhands--A largely sweet telling of a fairy tale in which a young man whose creator died before he could give him a pair of human hands, has to make do with scissors. The film is a little too dark at close but most of the time, is a delight. Johnny Depp, Diane Wiest and Winona Ryder star. Language, violence. Rating: PG-13.

Eve of Destruction--A robot designed to look exactly like her creator turns bad. Gregory Hines stars. Rating: R. Not reviewed.

** Flight of the Intruder--A routine war film in which a Navy pilot and bombardier countermand orders and bomb Hanoi. Language. Rating: PG-13.

*** Ghost--Don't let the title keep you from seeing this film. That's the only bad thing about it. The rest is on target. Patrick Swayze is murdered and then returns as a ghost to unmask his killer and comfort the girl he left behind. Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg are in the cast. So is Tony Goldwyn, grandson of Samuel Goldwyn. Violence, sex, language. Rating: PG-13.

*** The Godfather III--The third in the series has all the intensity and passion of the first two films. It may be a bit melodramatic at times, but the third installment never bores. Al Pacino continues as Michael Corleone, who is now a legitimate businessman. His past, however, catches up with him. Diane Keaton and Andy

Garcia co-star. Violence, language. Rating: R.

** Green Card--A pleasant if not totally satisfying comedy in which Gerard Depardieu is a Frenchman who marries an American woman to achieve a green card, one that will allow him to work in this country. Andie MacDowell is the woman he hTC marries. Language. Rating: PG-13.

*** Hamlet--Mel Gibson is the melancholy Dane in the Franco Zeffirelli version of the Shakespearean tragedy. ''Mad Max'' does very well. Glenn Close, as his mother, does even better. Rating: PG.

** Havana--Robert Redford is a gambler who becomes involved with the wife of a Cuban revolutionary. Lena Olin co-stars in this overdone redo of ''Casablanca.'' Violence, sex. Rating: R.

Home Alone--A John Hughes comedy in which a couple, off to Paris, leave one of their children behind. The movie is static for a time, but when it begins to move is a bucket of laughs. Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern are the burglars who invade the boy's home. Violence, language. Rating: PG.

*** Kindergarten Cop--Say hello to Arnold Schwarzenegger, the actor. The man who began simply as a collection of muscles leaves no doubt that he can do a role of some depth. Here, he is an undercover cop who poses as a kindergarten teacher to persuade a murder witness to testify against the murderer. Violence, language. Rating: PG-13.

* Lionheart--Jean-Claude Van Damme goes A.W.O.L. from the French Foreign Legion to help his brother in Los Angeles. A silly but entertaining film. Violence, language. Rating: R.

* Look Who's Talking Too-- Pointless, aimless, witless sequel to the film in which Bruce Willis was the voice of a child, before and after his birth. Here he has company, a baby sister spoken for by Roseanne Barr. John Travolta and Kirstie Alley re-team for the new film. Rating: PG-13.

** Marked for Death--Steven Seagal is a retired agent for the Drug Enforcement Agency who learns that his neighborhood is in the grips of a drug lord named Screwface. The film bogs down now and then, but action fans will not be terribly displeased. Violence, nudity. Rating: R.

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