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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 4 (NR)

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

After four years of being repeatedly told by friends and the media that It's Always Sunny is cable's funniest unheralded gem, I finally buckled and watched Season 4. (One season is just as good as another, right?) Sadly, it doesn't live up to the hype. It's the type of sitcom that believes lazy, shock-value jokes and irritating frat-boy beer humor can fill 22 minutes without tedium. The characters, a group of ne'er-do-well dumbasses who run a sleazy bar and get into all types of shenanigans, are grating, constantly mugging and screaming at the camera for laughs. No need for comic timing or crackerjack writing here! Worst of all, Danny DeVito loses all credibility as an actor, especially in storylines that focus on his constant need to defecate in bed. Classy. — Louis Fowler

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Uninvited / Mutant: Mutants and Monsters Double Feature (NR)

Liberation Entertainment

From the new "Liberation Cult" line comes Uninvited and Mutant, two hilariously goofy and wholly entertaining monster flicks from the glory days of the early '80s. In Uninvited, George Kennedy and Clu Gulager are trapped on a yacht with a marmalade cat that has escaped from a badly guarded lab. What's so deadly about this cat? When angered, it opens its mouth and a smaller, evil cat pops out to slash the faces of those who dare pet it! Meanwhile, in Mutant, Wings Hauser uncovers a toxic waste dump in the Deep South that is turning the townsfolk into zombies who can shoot yellow radioactive goo from their palms! For a fun Saturday night, you can't beat these two movies, even as much as you'd like to. Keep this line going, Liberation! — Louis Fowler

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Lies and Illusions (R)

Anchor Bay Home Entertainment

I have no idea what to make of this movie. The DVD box makes it seem like a serious crime drama, but, inside ... I just don't know. Is this actually a drama? A comedy? Or just the byproduct of bad writing (by Eric James) and direction (Tibor Takács)? A visibly embarrassed Christian Slater is a self-help writer whose fiancée is kidnapped by a hilariously effeminate Cuba Gooding Jr., who is looking for some diamonds that the fiancée, who is really a spy of sorts, stole from him. As Slater gets mixed up in the pseudo-intrigue, he fumbles and mugs, spouting off one-liners while being stuffed in trunks and running though shopping centers. No one is believable, no one is likable and nothing is coherent. It goes without saying, then, that this is a great rental, worth a million cheese-laden laughs. — Louis Fowler

Attraction (Nerosubianco) (NR)

Cult Epics

Cult Epics continues to dig deep into the Tinto Brass vaults, this time releasing the "psychedelic pop art experience" Attraction (Nerosubianco), which is just about everything you'd expect from a hippie-dippy late-'60s Italian film: thought-provoking nudity, incendiary racial politics, anti-Vietnam rhetoric, vampire hippies, cows in a beauty salon, scenes from Un Chien Andalou, and numerous musical numbers from Freedom, a band made up of the remnants of Procol Harum. It's a far-out, way-out, tripped-out freakout with little-to-no dialogue, and it spins faster than a stoned chick at a Dead show. Attraction is less surreal and more grounded in reality than the previously reviewed Brass flick The Howl, but it's still a reality none of us have ever been in, at least without the help of psychotropics. Highly recommended for Brass fans and acid burnouts alike! — Louis Fowler


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