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Straight Outta Compton – Mostly The Straight $#!+!

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F. Gary Gray’s Straight Outta Compton is a pretty straightforward recounting of the rising of hardcore rappers N.W.A. – and their almost equally speedy disintegration. It also whitewashes an important aspect of the group’s life in the early days – the over the top misogyny – while being very open about a member’s death from AIDS-related health issues.

Even with its omissions, it’s a powerful statement about the perils of becoming too big too quickly and not paying attention to details – while being scarily relevant to race-based problems that are still ongoing. Even someone as far out of the targeted demographics as I am, can see and feel all of that.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Law Abiding Citizen Great Nasty Fun Until the Wheels Drop Off!

After Clyde Shelton’s [Gerard Butler] wife and daughter are murdered, Assistant D.A. Nick Rice [Jamie Foxx] makes a deal with one of the killers to put the other on death row. The deal maker pleads to third-degree murder and gets a remarkably short sentence. What Rice doesn’t know is that his deal has been made with the more vicious of the two men.

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Ten years later, Shelton engineers the painful death of the one on death row and then leads the other to a truly excruciating death. When the police arrest him, a game of chess begins between him and Rice – a chess match that results in more, and more ingenious [and bloody] deaths.

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