A weekly update of film releases

* ROBOCOP 3 - The original ``RoboCop'' had unexpected bits of social satire to lend its violent heroics a smidgen of justification. Two sequels later, the holders of this declining franchise are still trying to combine humor with horror, but there's hardly a trace of the old cleverness left. What's most appalling is the story's contempt for practically everyone in it, except for a small group of urban squatters who refuse to be ruled by corporate control, and a few good cops who finally sympathize with their cause. Also amazing is the film's racism toward Japanese people, which makes the stereotypes of ``Rising Sun'' seem tame. The utterly wasted cast includes Nancy Allen, Rip Torn, CCH Pounder, and Robert Do'Qui; the mayhem was directed by Fred Dekker, who also wrote the screenplay with Frank Miller. (Rated PG-13)

* BAD BEHAVIOUR - This amiable comedy about everyday middle-class life focuses on a slightly uncomfortable couple who aren't sure their marriage can survive the challenges posed by pushy friends, romantic temptations, and the slightly weird twins who are redoing the plumbing in their house. Les Blair directed the British production, which features Stephen Rea and Sinead Cusack in refreshingly real performances. (Not rated)

* LEON THE PIG FARMER - After discovering that he started life as a test-tube baby, a young Londoner learns that his biological father is not the Jewish manufacturer he grew up with but a rough-and-ready animal breeder who's all too eager to instruct his new-found son in the mysteries of pig farming. Directed by newcomers Vadim Jean and Gary Sinyor, this British comedy has an offbeat sense of humor and a commendable skepticism about stereotypes of class and religion; but it isn't clever or consistent enough to be called a success. (Not rated)

of 5 stories this month > Get unlimited stories
You've read 5 of 5 free stories

Only $1 for your first month.

Get unlimited Monitor journalism.