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Movies to Tape

March 21, 1993|Kevin Thomas

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai (Showtime Sunday at 1:30 p.m.) A disturbingly free-spirited 1984 release, a science-fiction cult gag-o-rama with zanily diverse superheroes--led by Peter Weller battling a zanier villain (John Lithgow).

The Scarlet Empress (AMC Tuesday at 4 p.m., again at 11:30 p.m.) Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich--gorgeous, stylized--take on the life of Catherine the Great.

Last Embrace (TBS Tuesday at 11:05 p.m.) Jonathan Demme's swift, confident 1979 homage to Hitchockian suspense stars Roy Scheider as a CIA agent on the run.

Greed (TNT Wednesday at 9:55 p.m.) Even though drastically trimmed, Erich von Stroheim's 1924 film of Frank Norris' "McTeague" is a classic of timeless impact.

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