'Kiss Me Deadly' ****
Director Robert Aldrich does Mickey Spillane from the inside out: turning Mike Hammer into a deadpan sendup, throwing him into a violent, bumpy allegory that may climax in nuclear destruction. This sensational 1955 private-eye thriller is black and compact, violent and comic; it has the force of a hurled brick. With Ralph Meeker as Hammer and Maxene Cooper (pictured).(Showtime Wednesday at noon)
Other four-star movies airing this week:
East of Eden AMC, Sunday, 7:05 p.m.; Monday at 12:30 a.m.
The Informer AMC, Monday, 3 a.m.
The Court Jester AMC, Monday, 6 a.m.
Raise the Red Lantern Showtime, 2:25 p.m.
His Girl Friday TMC, Tuesday, 9:45 a.m.
Ride the High Country TBS, Tuesday, 10:05 a.m.