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  • Fresh Kill

    Fresh Kill

    ★★½

    I mean, of course one of the five movies Joseph Merhi made in 1988 would be a cynical, hyperviolent neo-noir with Robert Z'Dar. Anything less would be mocking the gods.

    A schmuckish aspiring actor leaves Chicago for an L.A. audition that never materializes, winds up working in a butcher shop where a leggy blonde lams it to escape from a couple of thugs, and gets quickly immersed in her decidedly fatale tale of woe. It's the plot you've seen in…

  • The Choppers

    The Choppers

    ★★★

    Arch Hall Jr's gang of jive-babbling teens terrorizes the motorists of a one-horse desert town, stripping cars and selling the parts to surly junk man Bruno VeSota while staying one step ahead of the cops (despite Arch driving what has to be the most recognizable hot rod for three counties and his buddies tooling around in a truck full of live chickens).

    While this doesn't have the lunatic anti-appeal of Hall's better-known travesties, it's plenty fun. Alongside the usual hooligan-baiting…

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  • Street Trash

    Street Trash

    ★★★

    "Has anyone mashed up clips from this classic of the 'melting vagrant' genre with Modern English's 'Melt With You'?" I wondered. Ten seconds later, I was watching exactly that. Internet, you seldom disappoint.

  • Magic

    Magic

    ★★★½

    Anthony Hopkins is a massively successful ventriloquist named Corky and Ann-Margaret is occasionally naked. If you need more than that, we're very different people.