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me and some subset of "the girls" have watched a few moves in the last week:

"Get Rich or Die Tryin'" -- staring Curtis "fiddy cent" Jackson basically playing himself in an autobiographical tale it looks like the director hoped would be Mahogony but wasn't. It wasn't bad though. One is immediately drawn to Fiddy as a child and watching slowly as his life devolves into drugs and thuggery is actually sad to watch. Nice action sequences show life in the hood beginning, and reprising again later, with Fiddy's own Urban Purple Heart: getting shot nine times by a rival drug dealer. ***1/2 (out of 5)

"Sorry Haters" -- Robin Penn Warren delivers the type of performance that should win an oscar if oscars were actually about performances and not about popularity, in this low budget tale of a Syrian Ph.D. forced to drive a cab in NYC and The Most @#$@#ed Up woman who ever lived. Sweet barking cheese -- a new archetype is invented here. **** (out of 5)

"Rawhead Rex" -- we'd seen this before but not for a few years and it was on mostly as background noise. Sad film made out of a good story by Clive Barker. It's universally panned but the movie actually has its moments. The sad thing about it is that it could have been so good. Many of the elements are there, but it's spoiled by hideous costuming, bad lighting, and lousy editing -- all of which fall in the director's lap. *** (out of 5)

"We Were Solders" -- made from Col. Hal Moore's autobiographical tale and capably acted by Mel Gibson, the movie tells of the first major battle involving U.S. forces in Viet Nam. Marvelous acting and great action sequences carry this depressing story which is made all the worse because the viewer realizes that there are years more of this ahead and no end in sight. ****1/2 (out of 5)

"Pick Me Up" -- Not even Fariuza Balk could save this Turkey. Lame lame lame. From the Showtime masters of horror collection. Larry Cohen, director of the 1974 hit "it's alive" shows that he hasn't learned a thing in the last thirty years. It gets it's single star because Fairuza is awesome. * (out of five)

"Haunted Boat" -- it's a boat and .... it's haunted -- sounds like a good idea to me -- this could have gone either way. The first fifteen minutes are misleadingly sophisticated then it turns into some of the worst schlock ever to hit direct-to-video. Best thing about it? The liner notes mention that it's "Star" Courtney Scheuerman's a vegetarian. That's where it's single star comes from. * (out of 5)

"Pork Chop Hill" -- Korean war, impossible mission for no military reason. Generals back at home playing God with the lives of men. Gregory Peck knows it, but still must lead his troops into a hopeless battle knowing the war will be over in a matter of hours and that these deaths will all be in vain. **** (out of 5)

"Clerks 2" -- haha hahahahaha hahahaha! oh dear. that's funny. Almost makes up for Crapma. **** (out of 5)
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