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Daryl Hannah is quite fetching and few can blame Robert Redford for not kicking her out of bed (even though it’s a ridiculously obvious violation of legal ethics) in “Legal Eagles” (1986). But if you can find a woman that looks at you the way Debra Winger looks at Redford, you make her your co-counsel and never let her go. Otherwise, the film is another one of those dopey 1980s lawyer movies that bear no resemblance to actual lawyering. Writer/director Ivan Reitman has Redford and Winger defend Hannah, who’s accused of murdering someone(s?) over a generation-old, art-world grudge. Hijinks ensue.

The whole time I’m watching “A Walk to Remember” (2002) I’m waiting for somebody to walk somewhere and it’s just not happening. Meanwhile, the Nicholas Sparks emotional manipulation machine is running full tilt as a pair of star-crossed teens find true love at the high school musical. Mandy Moore was transitioning from pop to film at the time and her limited range is perfect for playing a preacher’s nerdy daughter. Shane West is the disposable James Dean wannabe forced to clean up his act. They’re perfect for each other. It’s good, simple entertainment, if you like this kind of movie.

The great thing about “Wall Street” (1987) is you can enjoy it no matter which side you are on in the whole “greed vs. socialism” thing. You can tsk, tsk about the overindulgences of corporate raiders like Gordon Gekko, and feel satisfied when the union boss’ son (Charlie Sheen) learns his lesson in the end. But there’s a reason Michael Douglas won an Oscar playing Gekko. He does one hell of a sales job explaining why “greed is good.” If Gekko had played Darth Vader (his closest movie counterpart), you might have been cheering for him instead of Luke Skywalker.