Sugar Hill

It’s hard to know why a picture like this got made, but apparently some Fox executives decided we hadn’t been getting enough movies linking blacks to drugs and violence or seeing enough of Wesley Snipes (Hey, New Jack City meets The Godfather!). Typically overproduced and undernourished, and directed by Crossover Dreams’s Leon Ichaso from a script by New Jack City’s Barry Michael Cooper, this is about rival brothers, played by Snipes and Michael Wright, in a Harlem crime empire, and apart from the standard unpleasant violence it’s every bit as vacuous as you might expect. The pseudojazz score is by jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard. With Theresa Randle, Clarence Williams III, Abe Vigoda, and Joe Dallesandro. (JR)

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