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Of the many great ’70s blaxploitation heroes, Richard Roundtree’s Shaft remains the best known, Ron O’Neal’s Super Fly the coolest, and Rudy Ray Moore’s Dolemite the baddest. But none were any tougher than Pam Grier’s one-chick hit squads, wreaking havoc on pimps and pushers with a morally righteous ferocity unequalled in action cinema. (Bronson’s Death Wish vigilante is a crybaby in comparison.) As Coffy, Grier plays a nurse avenging her little sister’s dope habit, and she’ll do anything—even wield razor blades in her Afro—to destroy the bad guys, meaning just about everybody. Coffy (1973) and Foxy Brown (1974) (pictured)—both included in the Biograph’s “It’s Blaxploitation, Baby” festival—are Grier’s best roles: It’s easy to see why these flicks made her the No. 1 goddess in Tarantino’s B-movie cosmology. Also included are Super Fly, Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, Shaft, Cleopatra Jones, The Mack, and Black Caesar; see Showtimes for times. At the Biograph, 2819 M St. NW. (202) 333-2696. (Eddie Dean)