Picks and Pans Review: New on Video

updated 08/13/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/13/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>NO CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION: BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY

Tom Cruise confirmed his credentials as a serious actor with a grueling performance as paraplegic Vietnam vet Ron Kovic. But Kovic's search for meaning in his life's tragic events is done a disservice by director Oliver Stone. The often-pedantic Stone gives a lecture in movie form here, un-convincingly charging that self-deception in American society was responsible for the war. Kovic co-wrote the polemical script. Still, he seems to have been misused—again. (MCA)

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