The Clinton Street Theater is enthused about Red Scorpion because it marks the launch of its new Flattop Film Series, a program of '80s demolition salvage. I'm excited about Red Scorpion because it is the only movie made by Jack Abramoff. The corrupt Beltway lobbyist was the producer of this 1989 Dolph Lundgren Commie-busting picture; he marshaled the project to bolster support for Angolan warlord Jonas Savimbi, and secretly obtained financing from the apartheid South African government. In other words, there are all kinds of badness here. It is unsurprising to learn that many of the actors claim they weren't paid. Clinton Street Theater. 8 pm Wednesday, Sept. 21.

  • Best paired with: MacTarnahan’s Amber.
  • Also showing: The Future (Laurelhurst).