Picks and Pans Review: New on Video

UPDATED 05/15/1989 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 05/15/1989 at 01:00 AM EDT

>STAR VEHICLE: DAKOTA The plot is hopelessly clichéd, young-people-triumph-over-adversity kind of stuff, but Lou Diamond Phillips, as a drifter who settles on a Texas ranch, flaunts his oddly appealing, Steve McQueen-like surliness. He also has a pleasing romance with comely young DeeDee Norton, and Jordan Burton, 12, who lost a leg to cancer, is affecting as a handicapped boy Phillips befriends. (Miramax)


Mark Harmon is a swimming pool custodian-gigolo—a combination frequently encountered in real life—in this dopey 1986 made-for-TV (and slightly sexed up for video) movie. Kirstie Alley is the struggling artist who cleans up Harmon's act. (Academy)


Tom Berenger plays a priest who gets involved with some shady doings—not to mention Daphne Zuniga—in a film calculated to warm the hearts of Berenger admirers and raise the ire of devout Catholics. (CBS/Fox)

STARSKY AND SUCH: MIDNIGHT COP Amidst this film's very standard murder story is a peculiar, amusing romance between Morgan Fairchild, as a glamorous hooker, and German actor Armin Muller-Stahl, as a bedraggled homicide detective who is divorced, disillusioned and way past his prime. (Vidmark)

LIGHTS OUT: HELL HUNTERS In answer to the question, "How low can formerly respectable actors sink?," Stewart Granger, onetime James Bond-star George Lazenby and Maud Adams are featured in this ridiculous, boring story about another one of those mad, leftover Nazi scientists discovered in South America. (Cinevision)

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