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Tom Hanks and Dan Aykroyd star in 1987's "Dragnet," a Universal Pictures release.

Class of 1987: ‘Dragnet’

“Dragnet” is pokey next to its peers. Then again, like many prototypes, it’s a merely sufficient expression of possibility without refinement of later versions.

Jeff Taylor (Kurt Russell) finds himself in way over his head in "Breakdown," a 1997 thriller from Paramount Pictures.

Class of 1997: ‘Breakdown’

In the “Class of …” series, Nick Rogers takes a monthly look back at films celebrating either their 20th or 30th anniversary of initial release this year — six from 1997 and seven from 1987 (the extra in a forthcoming double-feature column). The rules: No Oscar nominees and no films that were among either year’s top-10 box-office […]
Debi Newberry (Minnie Driver) and Martin Blank (John Cusack) try to make it out of their 10-year class reunion alive in "Grosse Pointe Blank," a 1997 comedy from Hollywood Pictures.

Class of 1997: ‘Grosse Pointe Blank’

Tackling time's ravages with rambunctious tones, 1997’s “Grosse Pointe Blank” wraps emotional entropy & existential rumination into a clever, conceptual comedy.

Howard Stern plays himself in "Private Parts," a 1997 Paramount Pictures biopic about his life and career.

Class of 1997: Private Parts

The Howard Stern biopic expertly straggles hagiography and hogwash while hinting at why the controversial media titan remains fascinating.
Mark McClure stars in the 1987 Universal Pictures sketch-comedy collection "Amazon Women on the Moon."

Class of 1987: ‘Amazon Women on the Moon’

This sketch-comedy film's creators couldn't presage how we (and our messages) self-destruct in 10 seconds or 140 characters. Still, this raucous amalgam works.

Charlie Day and Ice Cube play a pair of squabbling teachers settling their beef the hard way in "Fist Fight," a 2017 Warner Brothers comedy.

Fist Fight

Charlie Day's irritated-chipmunk reveries were bound to one day meet a movie so irredeemably terrible they couldn't possibly prop it up. Well, here it is.

Winfried (Peter Simonischek) poses as his goofball alter ego Toni Erdmann in "Toni Erdmann," a 2016 Sony Pictures Classics release.

Toni Erdmann

This German marvel earns its epic seriocomic sprawl by celebrating meaning in moments that may not, on their face, seem to matter all that much.
Keanu Reeves reprises his role as badass assassin John Wick in "John Wick: Chapter Two," a 2017 Summit-Lionsgate release directed by Chad Stahelski.

John Wick: Chapter 2

"John Wick: Chapter 2" is enjoyably tacky & distinguished, indulging literary allusions & bodacious lacerations like someone chasing 10-year scotch with PBR.