By Marion Hart
Updated June 05, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

Director John Hughes’ third milking of the franchise with Home Alone 3 finds our unsupervised boy hero (Linz) taking national security into his own hands when terrorists stalk the neighborhood to recover some errant military hardware. Of course the kids will love it once Linz, cutely capable as the Macaulay Culkin stand-in, turns his house into a booby trap and the bad guys start plummeting down the ever-treacherous cellar stairs. But the pretext for this tyke’s lone defense — he’s home with the chicken pox — feels pretty wan next to the original’s witty spin on stressed-out parents’ worst nightmare. Too bad the series didn’t fade out with Master Culkin’s soprano. C-

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