Critics' Choice: Jan. 9, 1989

MOVIES

PELLE THE CONQUEROR. A timid old Swede and his dashing young son find work on a 19th-century Danish farm. Aided by stars Max von Sydow and Pelle Hvenegaard, director Bille August cuts a stern, colorful, grand swatch of Masterpiece Cinema.

MY STEPMOTHER IS AN ALIEN. Kim Basinger is an unlikely E.T. and Dan Aykroyd the earthling who humanizes her in a clever fable -- sweet and light enough for the kids, sexy and suspenseful enough for mature adults.

WORKING GIRL. Pert secretary Melanie Griffith climbs the corporate ladder, dislodging career gal Sigourney Weaver and claiming hunky Harrison Ford in Mike...

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