Turning 50 next month, Angela Bassett looks two decades younger, so she's a better bet than viewers to survive this movie. Mom to a jock son who looks roughly her age as well as two younger daughters, Chicagoan Bassett visits Georgia kin for a will reading, taking up with a long-in-debt Mr. Right who somehow has thousands to burn. Perry's bizarre screen mish-mashes of drama and burlesque had been improving, but it's apt that this one has a character named Leroy Brown because it's bad … bad. In a cameo, Perry shoehorns in his familiar female Madea character, but even in Euripides' Medea, he'd still find a way to get himself into drag.
•Sleepwalking (* *; 2008, Anchor Bay, R, $30): A monotonal bummer with a notable cast. A loser (Charlize Theron, who also co-produced) leaves a daughter (AnnaSophia Robb) with a brother/uncle (Nick Stahl, again looking in need of three weeks at the health farm). Nothing untoward happens, but there's misery enough when the latter two end up at the ranch of his father (Dennis Hopper, rivaling his "Blue Velvet" nastiness). Woody Harrelson rounds out a cast that makes you wonder how so many names can be corralled for a movie that will be automatically DOA.
•Framed (* *; 1975, Legend/Paramount, R, $15): Next to the pre-"Dirty Harry" Don Siegel, Phil Karlson was Hollywood's best director of low-budget toughies, though this career swan song doesn't offer much support for that assertion. After 1973's brutal vigilante hit Walking Tall, Karlson and Joe Don Baker reteamed for this expose of rampant political corruption in a Southern burg.
Due Tuesday: New Criterion editions of Akira Kurosawa's High and Low and Carl Dreyer's Vampyr; Jack Webb's cult Pete Kelly's Blues; counting cards in 21