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Chaos (R)
These days, it's easy to peruse the video store and find a plethora of movies, with big-name actors, that have skipped theaters completely and gone straight to video. Some of these deserve it, like most of Steven Seagal's recent output, but others are actually entertaining enough to make you wonder what happened to relegate them to this status. Such is the case with Chaos, an extremely entertaining cop thriller-slash-whodunit directed by Tony Giglio that stars Jason Statham, Wesley Snipes and the wispy Ryan Philippe. It's about a bank robbery that relies on the "chaos theory," which is never fully explained, but I think it has something to do with science. Or maybe it has something to do with the many twist endings that you never see coming. Louis Fowler
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Wrestlemaniac (NR)
Anchor Bay Home Entertainment / Release date: March 11
Finally, a movie combining two of my favorite outr genres: the slasher flick and the luchador movie. While Wrestlemaniac may not be entirely successful as a film, it's entertaining. A group of irritating amateur porn Gen-Xers, traveling across Mexico for a gonzo movie, end up in a deserted ghost town. It happens to be the home of the most notorious luchador ever, El Mascarado, a genetically modified brute who per the rules of Lucha Libre rips the faces (or masks, if you will) off his opponents. While this could have been a typical stalk-and-slash, director Jesse Baget infuses enough gallows humor that it plays more like a comedy, or even a parody. The DVD has a few special features, but none as good as the movie. Ol. Louis Fowler
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Sands of Oblivion (NR)
Anchor Bay Home Entertainment / Release date: March 11
When Cecil B. DeMille made his legendary 1923 film The Ten Commandments, he used real sets and artifacts from an ancient pyramid that came with its own half-man, half-dog god; it killed random crew members in highly inventive ways. Now, whether this truly happened or not is up in the air, but for the sake of Sands of Oblivion, let's pretend it did. Eighty years later, the Egyptian god is resurrected by George Kennedy, and it's up to Adam Baldwin, Morena Baccarin and an Iraqi vet to take it down. Originally broadcast on the SciFi Channel, this movie keeps in line with its output of incredibly outlandish stories shot on a way-too-small budget. But I'll be damned to the Underworld if it's not an amusing adventure that's too silly to dislike. Louis Fowler


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