New Jack City

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(1991) ★★★★

Sky Movies Crime and Thriller: Sunday 14 June, 10pm

Blinged-up New York hood Wesley Snipes turns a tenement block into an impenetrable drugs fortress. He’s a businessman, head of the CMB – the Cash Money Brotherhood: “You gotta rob to get rich in the Reagan era.” Renegade cops Ice T and Judd Nelson stop fighting each other long enough to do the right thing. Belligerent crime thriller detailing the introduction of crack to the streets of New York City, shot with style and energy by actor-director Mario Van Peebles. He went on to make the similarly impressive Panther with his dad Melvin – the man credited with giving independent cinema a kick-start back in 1971 with his cult blaxploitation hit Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song. Like the title, the film was distinctive but messy. Mario, meanwhile, has retreated to television.

Certificate: 18
Duration: 96min

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