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  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  • Sh! The Octopus
  • North by Northwest

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  • Cleopatra Jones

    ★★★

  • Death Promise

    ★★★

  • The Manhandlers

    ★★½

  • Excessive Force

    ★★½

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  • Cleopatra Jones

    Cleopatra Jones

    ★★★

    There has never been a film heroine quite like Cleopatra Jones. Standing six feet two inches in height, decked out in an exotic wardrobe and makeup more akin to a Parisian runway than a streetwise crimefighter, and embodied with confidence by sleek model Tamara Dobson, Cleopatra Jones is one of the most important female characters of the 1970s blaxploitation movement. She made enough of an impact at least for the Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker team to parody her as Cleopatra Schwartz in KENTUCKY…

  • Death Promise

    Death Promise

    ★★★

    This kung fu flick pitting a multi-ethnic group of poor but scrappy tenants against corrupt rich landlords must have had grindhouse audiences screaming. Performances are amateurish but honest, the fight scenes are clumsy but plentiful, and the script is illogical but relevant. Who cares — this film is a lot of fun, mostly because of how unintentionally funny it is.

    Rich white businessmen (and one black guy who is maybe the worst of them, coercing sex from women in lieu…

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  • Action U.S.A.

    Action U.S.A.

    ★★★★½

    Only watch this if you love car chases, car jumps, car explosions, car smashes, and burning men.

  • The Court Jester

    The Court Jester

    ★★★★½

    Amazingly, this delightful Danny Kaye comedy was not a hit when Paramount released it in 1956. It was ridiculously expensive to make — reportedly, the most expensive comedy ever at that time — but it earned Kaye a Golden Globe nomination, became a favorite of television audiences, and was eventually enshrined for preservation in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry. The cast is fantastic, particularly to film buffs who dig character actors, and nobody who has seen it will…