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‘Desperately Seeking Susan’: THR’s 1985 Review

On March 29, 1985, Orion unveiled the breezy Desperately Seeking Susan, featuring Madonna's first starring film role, in limited release. The Hollywood Reporter's original review, headlined "'Susan' i…

‘Lost in America’: THR’s 1985 Review

On March 15, 1985, Albert Brooks unveiled his R-rated, dark road-trip comedy Lost in America in theaters. The Hollywood Reporter's original review of the Warner Bros. film is below. Lost in…

‘Dune’: THR’s 1984 Review

On Dec. 14, 1984, David Lynch unveiled a divisive 140-minute epic based on Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic, Dune, to mixed results in theaters. The Hollywood Reporter’s original review is…

‘Beverly Hills Cop’: THR’s 1984 Review

On Dec. 5, 1984, the Beverly Hills Cop franchise was born as the R-rated Eddie Murphy film hit theaters, becoming a $300 million-plus earner in its run. The Hollywood Reporter’s original review is bel…

‘Back to the Future’: THR’s 1985 Review

On July 3, 1985, Marty McFly skated into American theaters. Back to the Future, directed by Robert Zemeckis, then became a summer box-office win that spawned multiple sequels and propelled Michael…

‘The Terminator’: THR’s 1984 Review

On Oct. 26, 1984, a new sci-fi franchise was launched with the U.S. theatrical debut of The Terminator. That same day, The Hollywood Reporter saw the merits in the film, and even hoped for a…