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Lake View Terrace, you may recall, is the Los Angeles suburb where in 1991 four LAPD officers beat Rodney King for more than a minute while a bystander caught the incident on video. In this incendiary social thriller by Neil LaBute (In the Company of Men), it's also the home of a black cop (Samuel L. Jackson) who takes it upon himself to get rid of the interracial couple who've moved in next door (Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington). By scrambling the typical power relationship between black and white, LaBute focuses our attention on power itself, and by plunging into the subject of black bigotry, still relatively taboo in mainstream movies, he gets closer to the truth of bigotry in all its forms than we're liable to get watching another pious exercise in white atonement. This was marketed as a slam-bang entertainment, but it's also one of the toughest and most relevant movies of the year. PG-13, 106 min.

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