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What you won't be able to avoid, what you should see--and what you should skip


GRINDHOUSE Rated R; opens April 6

It's an inspired premise: to commemorate, update and parody the infra-dig, ultraviolent '70s genre movies that used to fill three hours at scuzzy urban theaters. And just the right auteur-perps showed up for the job: Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) and Quentin Tarantino (Kill Bill), plus a few other cult directors to provide zesty trailers of fake horror films. Rodriguez's Planet Terror is a zombie thriller with some bloody fabulous effects; it's fast, icky and smart. You can skip the second feature: Tarantino's Death Proof, above center, offers an hour of gaseous girl talk and...

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