1986 January Movies (By Date)

Spine (1986)

Spine

    • Unrated
    • 72 min
    • Horror

    A madman stalks nurses, brutally stabbing them to death. In his fevered mind, he believes his victims to be a woman from his past named Linda. Police struggle to apprehend him before he can murder and mutilate again.

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    '38 (1986)

    '38

      • Unrated
      • 97 min
      • Drama

      The film presents the political events surrounding the Anschluss in March of 1938 through the lives of Carola Hell, a popular young actress at the prestigious Theater in der Josefstadt, and Martin Hofmann, the Jewish journalist she plans to marry. When we encounter the couple in the lovely springtime weather their future is full of promise. They are determined to stay clear of politics. Yet in the climate of the time, nobody of her prominence or his religion can remain apolitical. Although...

      Ginger e Fred (1986)

      Ginger e Fred

        • PG-13
        • 125 min
        • Comedy

        Amelia and Pippo are reunited after several decades to perform their old music-hall act (imitating Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers) on a TV variety show. It's both a touchingly nostalgic journey into the past, and a viciously satirical attack on television in general and Italian TV in particular, portraying it as a mindless freakshow aimed at morons.

        And the Pursuit of Happiness (1986)

        And the Pursuit of Happiness

          • Unrated
          • 80 min
          • Documentary

          After acknowledging his own immigrant background, Malle, tries to present the range of immigrant experiences in the US during the 1980's. In an attempt to be comprehensive, the film includes interviews with migrant workers and illegal entrants along the Mexican border, conversations with an enterprising Indian motel owner, coverage of industrious African and Asian families in the cities, an extensive interview with the first Costa Rican astronaut, visits with Cuban exiles in Miami,...

          Doing Life (1986)

          Doing Life

            • PG-13
            • 100 min
            • Biography

            Tony Danza stars in this prison drama about Jerome "Jerry" Rosenburg, a self-professed "jailhouse lawyer" who defends himself against the homicide charge that has put him on death row. This tense movie, made in Canada, has the feel of a biographical documentary.

            Raiders of the Living Dead (1986)

            Raiders of the Living Dead

              • 86 min
              • Horror

              A teenager with a laser gun fights strange zombies.

              Popeye Doyle (1986)

              Popeye Doyle

                • Unrated
                • 97 min
                • Crime

                While Popeye Doyle (Ed ONeill) is investigating what appears to be a very simple drug overdose, he becomes involved in international intrigue. The Mosad and various other foreign diplomatic figures turn up everywhere he goes. The drug overdose becomes a very involved murder case. Written by Richard Jones <[email protected]>

                Aladdin (1986)

                Aladdin

                  • PG
                  • 95 min
                  • Adventure

                  Updating of the old "Aladdin" Arabian Nights tale, as a teenager in modern-day Miami finds a magic lantern and out pops a genie, who's been asleep for 200 years and in his gratitude grants the boy several wishes.

                  Absolute Beginners (1986)

                  Absolute Beginners

                  • 86%
                  • PG-13
                  • 108 min
                  • Drama

                  A musical adaptation of Colin MacInnes' novel about life in late 1950s London. Nineteen-year-old photographer Colin is hopelessly in love with model Crepe Suzette, but her relationships are strictly connected with her progress in the fashion world. So Colin gets involved with a pop promoter and tries to crack the big time. Meanwhile, racial tension is brewing in Colin's Notting Hill housing estate...

                  Alex Is Lovesick (1986)

                  Alex Is Lovesick

                    • Unrated
                    • 88 min
                    • Comedy

                    The movie is a romantic comedy which takes place in Israel during the Austerity period of the 1950s. The movie's hero is Alex, a 13 year old boy who is about to attend his Bar Mitzvah. Alex has a typical Polish mother and father that suffers quietly. On account of the difficult economic situation they are compelled to share their apartment with a Persian tenant named Faruk that tries to fight his baldness by means of different creams. Alex falls in love with the new girl in his...

                    Blood Ties (1986)

                    Blood Ties

                      • Unrated
                      • 90 min
                      • Crime

                      An innocent American engineer is blackmailed by gangsters into a plot to assassinate his cousin, who is a judge in Sicily fighting the Mafia.

                      Heavy Metal Parking Lot (1986)

                      Heavy Metal Parking Lot

                        • 17 min
                        • Documentary

                        Heavy Metal Parking Lot documents heavy metal music fans tailgating in the parking lot outside the Capital Centre (since demolished) in Landover, Maryland, on May 31, 1986, before a Judas Priest concert (with opening act Dokken).

                        A Judgment in Stone (1986)

                        A Judgment in Stone

                          • R
                          • 102 min
                          • Horror

                          An English woman, psychotic and sexually repressed, murders her sadistic father, then moves to America. She soon secures a job as a maid for a wealthy family. Soon her severe psychosis and her attempts to keep her sexuality from asserting itself combine to cause trouble for all concerned. Written by [email protected]

                          Shades of Fern (1986)

                          Shades of Fern

                            • Unrated
                            • 90 min
                            • Documentary

                            Based on the only extensive prose work by the surrealist painter Josef Capek, Shades of Fern most resembles the philosophical fairy tales and fables of Josef’s older brother, the legendary Czech novelist and playwright Karel Capek. Two young poachers, more boys than men, kill a gamekeeper when they are caught illegally hunting. Panicked, they retreat into a forest that grows steadily more forbidding and deadly as their fear for the future—and guilt over their action—mounts. Loosely based...

                            The Blooms of Banjeli (1986)

                            The Blooms of Banjeli

                              • Unrated
                              • 29 min
                              • Documentary

                              The Blooms of Banjeli documents research in Banjeli, Togo on iron-smelting technology, its rituals, and the sexual prohibitions surrounding it. Including rare historical footage from the same village in 1914, it provides a unique technological record of the traditional method of preparing a furnace to smelt iron. This documentary offers an interesting approach to our understanding of the relationship between conceptions of gender and technology in traditional African society. The people of...

                              Vicious Lips (1986)

                              Vicious Lips

                                • R
                                • 84 min
                                • Horror

                                A band finally gets the opportunity for that breakthrough gig if they can make it to an "in" club on another planet in time...

                                The Importance of Being Earnest (1986)

                                The Importance of Being Earnest

                                  • Unrated
                                  • 110 min

                                  Algy and Jack discover that they have both been "Bunberrying", that is, assuming different identities in order to enjoy themselves in a guilt-free manner. Jack's pretending to be his foolish younger brother, Ernest in order to be a model of moral rectitude to his young ward, Cecily. Jack intends to propose to Gwendolyn--that is until he discovers that she loves him because his name is Ernest. He sets about being rechristened. And when Cecily intends to meet her bad cousin...

                                  The Lone Runner (1986)

                                  The Lone Runner

                                    • PG
                                    • 89 min
                                    • Action

                                    The Summerking's daughter has been kidnapped, and the legendary hero of the desert comes to her rescue as he did when she was young. The Lone Runner proves to be an unstoppable hero with limitless fighting abilities. He battles those who would harm innocents, and does what ever else he can for them. Written by Sean Kilby and Jason Parker <[email protected]>

                                    The Zero Boys (1986)

                                    The Zero Boys

                                      • R
                                      • 89 min
                                      • Action

                                      A group of friends travel to a wilderness area to play a survival game. Soon they unexpectedly find themselves in a real-life survival situation.

                                      Invaders from Mars (1986)

                                      Invaders from Mars

                                      • 27%
                                      • 100 min
                                      • Horror

                                      In this remake of the classic 50s SF tale, a boy tries to stop an invasion of his town by aliens who take over the the minds of his parents, his least-liked schoolteacher and other townspeople. With the aid of the school nurse the boy enlists the aid of the U.S. Marines.