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‘Pretty in Pink’ at 30: The Best and Worst Films of John Hughes

‘Pretty in Pink’ at 30: The Best and Worst Films of John Hughes
Before movies like “Say Anything” and “Perks of Being a Wallflower,” and TV shows like “Dawson’s Creek” and “My So Called Life,” John Hughes’ classic high school romance “Pretty in Pink” dared to depict teenage love with a poignancy and truthfulness that felt both natural and wildly sentimental. Released on February 28, 1986, it remains one of Hughes’ most beloved movies. On the 30th anniversary of “Pretty in Pink,” here’s a look back at John Hughes’ 10 finest films, plus five that didn’t quite make the grade.

The Best…

10) Uncle Buck (1989)

John Candy played the title role of a lovable oaf whose babysitting skills are put to the test in this lightweight yet undeniably funny family comedy. The fifth of eight Hughes films in which he appeared, Candy showed winning chemistry with 9-year old Macaulay Culkin in what remains a career highlight. Though a 1990 “Uncle Buck” sitcom starring Kevin Meaney
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Top 5: Peskiest Movie Kids

Kids have a long cinematic history of annoying their adult counterparts on screen. To celebrate the latest collection of pesky kids being unleashed onto the small screen, when The Sitter: Totally Irresponsible Edition is released on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday, we’ve compiled the best – or should that be worst? – pesky movie kids:

1) Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) – Home Alone (1990), Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (1992)

2) Lex (Ariana Richards) & Tim (Joseph Mazzello) – Jurassic Park (1993)

3) Sammy Parker (Alex D. Linz) & Maggie Taylor (Mae Whitman) – One Fine Day (1996)

4) Junior Healy (Michael Oliver) – Problem Child (1990)

5) Judy Shepherd (Kirsten Dunst) & Peter Shepherd (Bradley Pierce) – Jumanji (1995)

The Sitter: Totally Irresponsible Edition is out on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.
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Mayans Were Right as ABC Family Announces Home Alone 5: Alone In The Dark

  • Collider.com
Let's be honest, the Home Alone franchise has been dead ever since Alex D. Linz tried to sit in for Macaulay Culkin as an all new character defending his house against criminals in Home Alone 3. A young Scarlett Johansson even appears in that film, but she probably wants to forget that as much as we do. Since then another terrible sequel with a new young actor bringing Kevin McCallister back into the mix and new burglars featuring French Stewart, but nobody has really been paying attention. Now, on the brink of the predicted end of the world, ABC Family has announced the apocalyptic sounding sequel Home Alone 5: Alone in the Dark. Hit the jump for more. Going back to the Christmas feel of the original two films (both of which are solid family films that should be watched every holiday season), this one, which will premiere during the cable network's 25 Days of Christmas,
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The Most Useless Cyber Monday Deal: All Four Home Alone Movies

  • BestWeekEver
Amazon emailed me this morning with some sweet Cyber Monday deals (we’re tight like that – Amazon also texted to see if I wanted to catch Drive tomorrow night but I was like “Saw it already, sorry!” and Amazon hasn’t texted back yet but I think he’s at work). Most of the deals were outlandishly cheap, and the link even included personalized recommendations for me (!!!special!!!), but one of the recommendations caught my eye, and not for its cheapness, but because the title threw my face into Marvlike, blank-stare confusion. Why would I want a four-disc set entitled Home Alone: The Complete Collection? Four movies?? Is it Home Alone 1 and 2 on regular DVD and Blu-Ray? Because as all of us true Home Alone fans know, that timeline Ends as soon as Kevin gets found in New York, period, and those other two “Alone” films do not count.
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Opening This Week: A Wong Kar-wai redux, more mumblecore and shaky-cam horror

  • IFC
By Neil Pedley

With the fall season's heavy hitters already starting to make an appearance, this week's feast of indie offers some calm before the big studio storm. Enjoy it while it lasts.

"Ashes of Time Redux"

Celebrated Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai gathered together lost and damaged footage to painstakingly rework his only martial arts epic, first released in 1994, into a fresh, definitive edition (complete with an all new score from Yo-Yo Ma). With a blindingly colorful palette, Wong paints a looping, stylized portrait of an embittered agent Ouyang Feng (the late Leslie Cheung) who channels the unbearable pain of a broken heart into commissioning bounty hunters to commit acts of vengeance. Tony Leung Ka Fai, Maggie Cheung, Carina Lau and Jacky Cheung round out the still-impressive cast.

Opens in New York and Los Angeles.

"Body of Lies"

In terms of the global espionage thriller, orange is the new
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