My goodness, I almost forgot to write this one up! I did it last night, but have since moved on (I went back and did an entire week of old puzzles, including a Saturday, with Frannie, on this holiday morning.) But let's see… ahh, yes… UNCLEBUCK (17A: 1989 John Hughs movie starring John Candy). Can any puzzle referencing "Uncle Buck" be all bad? Honestly, I don't think I've ever seen it, but John Candy is enough. And if he weren't, Eric Idle would be ("Say no more").
TAKESIT (21A: Accepts punishment unflinchingly) was somewhat surprising, and it was a little weird that Leon Spinks was referenced twice (ALI (54A: Spinks foe) and LEONS (71A: Boxer Spinks and others)). Other than that, though, the downs were, on the whole, more interesting than the Acrosses (not counting theme material). I liked INCISOR (3D: Front tooth), ANKARA (8D: Turkey's capital), the full ETCETERA (9D: And so on), ALLSTARS (39D: Best of the best, sportswise), and SCOWLS (53D: Looks of displeasure), to name several. Long gone are the days when ETICKET (48D: Printout taken to the airport, maybe) could be clued with a reference to rides at Disney World, but that would have given it to me more quickly today.
I know it's Monday, but I will never stop being surprised by clues like 46A: Biblical garden (EDEN) and 69A: "Mona ____" (LISA). But it is Monday, so I can't complain. Overall, I thought this was a pretty good one.