Michael Sauter
June 24, 1994 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Sugar Hill

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Khandi Alexander, Wesley Snipes, Clarence Williams III, Michael Wright, DeVaughn Nixon
director
Leon Ichaso
author
Barry Michael Cooper
genre
ActionAdventure, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B+

Just when Harlem drug lord Wesley Snipes decides to quit the business, his loose-cannon brother (Michael Wright) drags him right back in. Director Leon Ichaso somberly charts the brothers’ fates in Sugar Hill, punctuating his stately pace with shocking bursts of violence and equally arresting moments of visual poetry — like the image of a kid in his Knicks T-shirt who dies smiling, having taken a bullet for the dope dealer he idolizes. Ichaso only misfires at the very end, when he aims for both tragedy and redemption, and literally overshoots. B+

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