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UPDATED 10/26/2009 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 10/26/2009 at 01:00 AM EDT


Michael Jai White (at left, center) gives a deft comic performance as an avenging hero in a righteous spoof of 1970s black exploitation films. The movie gets the hip dialogue, exaggerated clothes and big Afros exactly right but wears thin at 90 minutes. (R)

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This collection of 10 short films about New Yorkers flirting with romance (including Christina Ricci and Orlando Bloom, right) is a mixed bag. Missing in action: black women, Latinos and gay people. That's not the New York I love. (R)

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