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click to enlarge - Reno 911!: Miami (R)  -  -  -  - 20th Century Fox  -  - More often than not, when TV shows, and especially - those on Comedy Central, are translated to the big - screen, the results disappoint. Sure, they play OK, and - offer a few laughs,but they lack fun and spontaneity, and - they don't create anything new or special. But Reno - 911!: Miami bucks convention and actually is a - hilarious companion piece to the television series, - playing like a big-budget episode. The plot is - threadbare: When terrorists attack a police convention in - Miami, only the lovable losers from the Reno County - Sheriff's Department are left to patrol the streets. But - that's all the set-up needed. Fans of the TV series will - automatically love this, and fans of self-stimulation will - love it even more  this film features the best - masturbation joke ever put on film.  Louis - Fowler
  • Reno 911!: Miami (R)

    20th Century Fox

    More often than not, when TV shows, and especially those on Comedy Central, are translated to the big screen, the results disappoint. Sure, they play OK, and offer a few laughs,but they lack fun and spontaneity, and they don't create anything new or special. But Reno 911!: Miami bucks convention and actually is a hilarious companion piece to the television series, playing like a big-budget episode. The plot is threadbare: When terrorists attack a police convention in Miami, only the lovable losers from the Reno County Sheriff's Department are left to patrol the streets. But that's all the set-up needed. Fans of the TV series will automatically love this, and fans of self-stimulation will love it even more this film features the best masturbation joke ever put on film. Louis Fowler

click to enlarge Trading Places: "Looking Good, - Feeling Good' Edition (R)  -  -  - Paramount Home Video  -  -  - There was a time when both Dan Aykroyd and Eddie - Murphy were the height of comedy. Face it: In the '80s, - those two could do no wrong. And this is exemplified - best in the classic class-and-race comedy Trading - Places.  A cable TV staple, this flick was ahead of its - time, mixing lowbrow National Lampoon-slash- - Saturday Night Live humor with slick, dark - social commentary that is by no means watered-down. - Murphy, a smooth-talkin' ghetto dweller, becomes a - stock-market big wig, and Aykroyd vice versa  all - thanks to a bet made by two brothers as a way to - alleviate the boredom that having lots of money brings. - Hollywood doesn't make comedies like this anymore. - Hell, Aykroyd and Murphy don't either . Pick this up - instead of, oh I don't know, Norbit.  - Louis Fowler
  • Trading Places: "Looking Good, Feeling Good' Edition (R)

    Paramount Home Video

    There was a time when both Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy were the height of comedy. Face it: In the '80s, those two could do no wrong. And this is exemplified best in the classic class-and-race comedy Trading Places. A cable TV staple, this flick was ahead of its time, mixing lowbrow National Lampoon-slash- Saturday Night Live humor with slick, dark social commentary that is by no means watered-down. Murphy, a smooth-talkin' ghetto dweller, becomes a stock-market big wig, and Aykroyd vice versa all thanks to a bet made by two brothers as a way to alleviate the boredom that having lots of money brings. Hollywood doesn't make comedies like this anymore. Hell, Aykroyd and Murphy don't either . Pick this up instead of, oh I don't know, Norbit. Louis Fowler

click to enlarge Modify (NR)  -  -  - Committed Films  -  - "Did it hurt?" is a stupid question. "Of course it fuckin' - hurt," says one of the body modification artists featured - in this documentary. It's not for the weak-stomached. - You'll see people dangled from hooks, branded, sliced, - split, pierced, tattooed and gender-reassigned. They - explain the reasoning behind physical alterations - (aesthetic and shock value, sexual enhancement, - spirituality) while calling into question the boundaries - between modification and mutilation. Perhaps most - ironic: Some of the most disgusting scenes in the film - profile the most socially accepted practices (such as - liposuction and plastic surgery). Even body building and - permanent makeup are technically body modifications ... - so why judge a guy trying to turn into a cat or lizard? If - you think you're open-minded, here's your litmus.  -  Matthew Schniper
  • Modify (NR)

    Committed Films

    "Did it hurt?" is a stupid question. "Of course it fuckin' hurt," says one of the body modification artists featured in this documentary. It's not for the weak-stomached. You'll see people dangled from hooks, branded, sliced, split, pierced, tattooed and gender-reassigned. They explain the reasoning behind physical alterations (aesthetic and shock value, sexual enhancement, spirituality) while calling into question the boundaries between modification and mutilation. Perhaps most ironic: Some of the most disgusting scenes in the film profile the most socially accepted practices (such as liposuction and plastic surgery). Even body building and permanent makeup are technically body modifications ... so why judge a guy trying to turn into a cat or lizard? If you think you're open-minded, here's your litmus. Matthew Schniper

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