Tank Girl, The World's End, East End Babylon: The Story of the Cockney Rejects 


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East End Babylon: The Story of the Cockney Rejects (NR)


The Cockney Rejects are a British punk band that I'd never heard of, but after watching this ultimately uplifting documentary about them, I'll certainly be trying to hear more of them. Growing up in the rough-and-tumble East End of London, the Rejects were a group of soccer fans who started a band and a revolution that, sadly, never really garnered much attention outside of the U.K. This covers their history and the history of the East End and how a band like the Rejects are formed by living in a place like that. As the band got more popular, they fought BBC's Top of the Pops, racist skinheads and about 200 angry rival football hooligans in a riot that is still legendary in England. But this is no sad story, offering a happy ending that far too many behind-the-music docs never truly earn. This one does. — Louis Fowler

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The World's End (R)


Writer-director Edgar Wright and writer-star Simon Pegg, who have crafted a trilogy of genre comedies (known as the Cornetto trilogy), are at their most breathtaking when it comes to song choice. In their first outing, Shaun of the Dead, they employed Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now" to back an emotional, last-stand zombie battle. It felt like the movie around it: hilariously incongruous, lyrical and poignantly hopeful. The World's End is a domestic invasion/immersion narrative similar in theme to Shaun and cop thriller Hot Fuzz, the trilogy's middle film. It's centered on a reveal sequence set to the Doors' "Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar)," another perfectly apt selection. With its keyboards, drowsy, resigned vocals and existential panic, it says everything that Wright, Pegg and co-star Nick Frost shouldn't (but kinda do) outright say: Time is the real body-snatcher. — Justin Strout

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Tank Girl (R) (Blu-ray)

Shout! Factory

Based on the popular British comic book, this 1995 sci-fi flick was a great idea that was just a bit too far ahead of its time — while still being a total product of its time. The hyper-shrill Lori Petty is the titular armored-vehicle woman, a grunge-rock princess living in the desert wasteland of 2033 America. The most valuable resources here are water and power, both cruelly lorded over by a delightfully hammy Malcolm McDowell. On a revenge mission, Tank Girl teams up with Naomi Watts as Jet Girl and rapper Ice-T as the leader of a gang of mutant kangaroo-men who worship funk music. Loaded with over-the-top designs and a never-ending alt-rock soundtrack, it's as '90s as it comes, stocked with so many original ideas that a remake is definitely in order. Hey, if it mostly worked for that other '90s Brit-comic adaptation, Judge Dredd, it can work here. — Louis Fowler


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