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★★☆☆☆ Polymath James Franco and director Travis Mathews take it upon themselves to re-imagine the lost 40-minutes of William Friedkin's controversial drama Cruising (1980) in new film Interior. Leather Bar. (2013). The absent footage was reputedly cut due to its sexually graphic content by the MPAA, so that Friedkin could secure an R-rating upon Cruising's theatrical release in the States. The original plot of Friedkin's thriller followed an undercover cop (Al Pacino), who cases out gay bars in the search of a serial killer plaguing the West Village. Mathews, however, shows little concern for the contents of the exorcised material, as is plain to see.

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