Author

Richard Stengel

Welcome Home is a Vietnam movie in which all the action takes place on an emotional battleground. Kris Kristofferson plays a stoic Air Force pilot, supposedly killed in action 17 years before, who returns to discover that his wife (JoBeth Williams) is happily remarried. The military wants Kristofferson to lay low because they are worrrrd that his return will cause ”backyard Rambos” to start braying about MIAs. Kristofferson agrees only if the brass promises to bring back the two children he fathered in Southeast Asia.

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Based on Whitley Streiber’s 1988 best-seller, Communion is about the author’s ”real-life” experiences with aliens. The story is simple: An eccentric writer with a small son experiences strange visions at his isolated upstate New York house. No, these are not waking dreams but actual visits from extraterrestrials who probe his brain and other more delicate parts of his anatomy.

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Tom Selleck is a devotee of the less-is-more school of acting. But sometimes, as seen here, less is just less. In An Innocent Man, Selleck plays an airplane mechanic callously framed by two rogue cops who mistake him for a drug dealer. The idea is that Selleck is just your Everyman and that such a nightmarish turn of events could happen to you. But it’s hard to imagine any man, much less every man, reacting with such staunch stoicism.

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