Picks and Pans Review: Critics' Choice

updated 05/23/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/23/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE Released in 1962 and held back since by legal considerations, this political thriller with Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey and an irresistibly evil Angela Lansbury remains the best movie to open so far in 1988.

WHITE MISCHIEF A wicked satire digs into a colony of upper-class British sex fiends in Kenya at the outset of World War II.

ABOVE THE LAW Steven Seagal gives old Clint an entertaining run for his Dirty Harry money.

STORMY MONDAY Sting and Melanie Griffith sizzle like hot coals in this jazzy thriller set in Newcastle.

THE MODERNS Director Alan Rudolph makes fun of Hemingway, Hollywood and his own pretensions, with clever help from Keith Carradine and Linda Fiorentino.

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