'Black Dynamite'


A successful satire because it doesn't go for obvious laughs but rather an affectionate-homage feel, this descendant of numerous 1970s movies on the order of "Shaft" and "Superfly" casts Michael Jai White (also the film's co-writer) as a man who seeks revenge for his brother's murder.

Even if virtually everything in the picture is delivered with a wink, it's an implied wink, with even the sound paying tribute to the movies that inspired this one. Arsenio Hall, Tommy Davidson ("In Living Color") and singer Brian McKnight also are in the cast. *** (R: AS, N, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)

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