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Arriving the same year as John Singleton’s Boyz N the Hood and Matty Rich’s Straight out of Brooklyn, this 1991 drug thriller was heralded as part of a new vanguard in urban black cinema, though of the three it’s by far the least authentic. Wesley Snipes has a career-making role as Nino Brown, a supercool dealer introducing New York City to crack cocaine; Ice-T is the moody cop out to get him. Mario Van Peebles–whose father, Melvin, helped pioneer blaxploitation cinema with Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971)–makes his feature directing debut, and though this often plays like a 70s cop show, it became a prototype for the bling-heavy gangsta melodramas of the 90s. The great supporting cast includes Chris Rock, Bill Nunn, and Bill Cobbs. R, 97 min.