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'Tales From the Hood'

October 18, 1998|Kevin Thomas

With this high-energy, scabrously funny 1995 film, young African American writer-director Rusty Cundieff recharges the old horror anthology. "Tales From the Hood" is operatic, fast-moving, action-filled and often hilarious. Clarence Williams III (pictured) serves as the film's key figure and narrator, when his elegant funeral parlor is invaded by three youthful drug dealers (Joe Torry, De'Aundre Bonds and Samuel Monroe Jr.) to whom he spins the 'Hood's' four cautionary tales (Cinemax Monday at 8 p.m.).

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