Black Dynamite (15)

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Scott Sanders's inspired spoof of 1970s blaxploitation films benefits from its meticulous attention to period detail and from the mock seriousness with which it tells its increasingly absurd story.

The music, the cars, the clothes, the sideburns, even the graininess of the film stock, can't help but evoke memories of the era of Shaft, Isaac Hayes and Foxy Brown.

Michael Jai White excels as the hero, "the smoothest, baddest mother ever to hit the big screen". The screenplay both gently ridicules and celebrates the cult of uber-masculinity that went hand in hand with the genre.

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