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Undercover Brother  (2002)      

6 /10

Inconsistently funny but overall entertaining spoof of 70's blaxploitation films. Shows Dave Chappelle deserves more roles and Denise Richards truly is devoid of any talent whatsoever. Includes one of the most hilarious single scenes I've seen in years.  [English, 86min, PG-13]

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Unfaithful  (2002)      

7 /10

Richard Gere is good and Diane Lane especially strong. Surprisingly erotic sex scenes are a throwback to 80's style soft core. Well shot movie works for 3/4's until raising the stakes too high, then stumbling through implausibility to ambiguous conclusion.   [English, 124min, R]

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Vanilla Sky  (2001)      

8.5 /10

An intriguing, wild emotional ride through a surreal twisted plot that's unsettling, exhilarating, and nearly every other emotion - Cruise's "WTF?!" expression on the poster says it all. Becomes nearly incomprehensible two-thirds in, almost  self-destructing before answering major questions in a satisfying, unexpected way. Tom Cruise's most challenging role to date (Born on the 4th of July a closer runner up), sees him startlingly vulnerable and in sections, horrifically disfigured.   [English, 136min, R]

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Videodrome  (1983)      

7 /10

David Cronnenberg tackles the affects of TV sex and violence with trademark graphic makeup FX and quasi-sci-fi paranoia. A young James Woods sizzles with sleaze as producer of independent station devoted to depraved programming. After viewing an underground broadcast of torture and death, he develops horrifying hallucinations that be result of mind control conspiracy. Overall message looses focus towards end but subject matter is more relevant today than ever.   [English, 87min, R]

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V for Vendetta  (2005)      

7.5 /10

Often compelling, highly topical 1984 inspired sci-fi thriller truly excels for nearly 75% of running time before succumbing to mildly derivative climax. Natalie Portman,  free of Star Wars universe, displays impressive range opposite Hugo Weaving's charming masked enigma. Provocative political commentary (occasionally verging on anti-American) raises thought-provoking questions about government power and control by fear. Imperfections aside, an intellectually and emotionally satisfying action movie.   [English, 132min, R]

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