Die Hard ★★★ 1988 (R)
It's Christmas Eve and NYC cop John McClane (Willis) has arrived in L.A. to spend the holiday with his estranged wife Holly (Bedelia) and their kids. Unfortunately, Holly is one of the hostages being held by a band of ruthless high-stakes terrorists in the Century City high-rise headquarters of a Japanese corporation. Soon it's the loner cop against the intruders, who are led by Eurotrash villain Hans Gruber (a marvelous performance by Rickman). A high-voltage action thriller that's just as unbelievable as it sounds, but you'll love it anyway. Based on the novel “Nothing Lasts Forever” by Roderick Thorp. 114m/C VHS, DVD, Blu-ray Disc, UMD . Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, Alan Rickman, Alexander Godunov, Paul Gleason, William Atherton, Reginald VelJohnson, Hart Bochner, James Shigeta, Mary Ellen Trainor, De'voreaux White, Robert Davi, Ric(k) Ducommun, Clarence Gilyard Jr., Grand L. Bush, Al Leong, Wilhelm von Homburg; D: John McTiernan; W: Jeb Stuart, Steven E. de Souza; C: Jan De Bont; M: Michael Kamen.