Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert review four new movies. Both critics enjoyed Gremlins (1984), director Joe Dante and producer Steven Spielberg's Christmas fable-cum-horror picture, which Siskel compares to "a Norman Rockwell painting, only there's blood on the turkey." They also liked Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984). Siskel was disappointed only by the ending, in which we get a too-short glimpse of the title character. Ebert thought it was a good, but not great, "Star Trek" entry, which plays like a compromise between the special effects-laden first and the more thoughtful second. Roger Ebert gives a marginal thumbs-up to Streets of Fire (1984), a "tough, stylish movie," even though it could have used "fewer gang fights and more rock 'n' roll." Siskel gives it a firm thumbs down, believing the last half, or maybe third, to be violent garbage. Both critics pan the incoherent and incomprehensible short U.S. release of Sergio Leone's epic gangster film, Once Upon a Time in America... Written by
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It's like a Norman Rockwell painting, only there's blood on the turkey.