Cinema: Hard Times

PARADISE ALLEY Directed and Written by Sylvester Stallone

Two movies after Rocky, Sylvester Stallone is down but not out. His new film is not the comeback picture that Stallone needs to recover fully from the debacle of F.I.S.T., but neither is it a complete fail ure. At times Paradise Alley looks like a catastrophe: it is often crudely made, badly acted and unwittingly ridiculous. Yet the film doesn't chase the audience out of the theater, as F.I.S.T. did. Just when the going gets roughest, this crazy movie springs into idiosyncratic, if fleeting life....

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