Vital Signs

In the Toyshop of the Heart

The Thomas Crown Affair
Produced by Irish Dream Time and United Artists
Directed by John McTiernan
Screenplay by Leslie Dixon and Kurt Wimmer,
original story by Alan Trustman
Released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

The Blair Witch Project
Produced by Haxan Films
Directed by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez
Screenplay by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez
Released by Artisan Entertainment

The Iron Giant
Produced by Warner Bros.
Directed by Brad Bird
Screenplay by Brad Bird and Tim McCanlies,
based on The Iron Man by Ted Hughes
Released by Warner Bros.

The original Thomas Crown Affair, a 1968 Faye Dunaway/Steve McQueen vehicle, wouldn't seem a likely candidate for a remake. It was a slight, stylish entertainment that floated on the glamour of its stars and had all the impact of a soap bubble. Fortunately, the new version doesn't rely on the earlier's weightless cachet. Director John McTiernan, producer Pierce Brosnan, and their writers have re-thought the original, retaining its high-flying style but adding just a pinch of gravity for ballast.

This time the film begins with, of all tilings, a lesson in values. Minutes after the credits have run, we find ourselves in New York City's Metropolitan Museum...

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