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May 10, 2012
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By Jared Curtis


Directed by Oren Moverman

Rated R, 108 minutes

“Rampart” had expectations of a dirty cop bonanza in the vein of “Bad Lieutenant” and “Training Day.” And although there are a few scenes of Woody Harrelson beating the hell out of criminals, the film focuses more on the crap life he’s created for himself. Harrelson shines as Officer David Brown, a former member of the notorious Rampart department (known for crooked cops). After a videotaped run-in with a suspect, Brown is in the hot seat and works every angle to escape with his pension. Along with his day job, Brown must also put up with his two children, mothered by two different women — who just happen to be sisters. “Rampart” isn’t action-packed, as hoped, but Harrelson is a beast on the screen, and even though he’s a dirty cop, viewers will root for him. CV

‘White Men Can’t Jump’

Directed by Ron Shelton

1992, Rated R, 115 minutes

Arguably the best basketball movie ever made, “White Men Can’t Jump” is the perfect blend of sports and humor. Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson shine as rivals-turned-teammates who hustle their way through the courts of Los Angeles. Sidney (Snipes) runs the court with ease, hustling every chump who thinks he can hang. That is until Billy (Harrelson) shows up and outhustles the hustler. From there, the two join forces and knock off numerous opponents using Billy’s whiteness to their advantage. When the opportunity arises to play two L.A. hoop legends, The King and Duck, the two jump at the chance. The game has immense consequences, because they are not only playing for money, but more importantly, street ball supremacy. CV

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