Love N The Hood

TITLE: POETIC JUSTICE

WRITER-DIRECTOR: JOHN SINGLETON

THE BOTTOM LINE: A promising young director strikes out in a new direction -- and strikes out.

Two questions now arise: Was John Singleton's first film, Boyz N the Hood, a lucky accident? Or is his second, Poetic Justice, an unlucky one? Too soon to say, of course, since Singleton, the youngest person (and only black) to receive simultaneous Oscar nominations for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, is still in his 20s, with most of his career ahead of him.

What must be said is that the new movie is simply awful: poorly structured,...

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