Matthew Lickona 1:30 p.m., May 27
Menace II Society
The vicious-cycle view of life in the urban ghetto, in this case Watts. (Aren't there any other views of life in the urban ghetto?) No new wrinkles, but slick photography, and scary violence, and even more scary nihilism behind it. Too much narration, not too much preaching. Directed by The Hughes Brothers, Allen and Albert, twenty-one-year-old twins, and in their first feature film alarmingly sure of themselves. With Tyrin Turner, Jada Pinkett. 1993.