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Jodi (Hailey Kilgore) is working her late shift at a gas station when a biker in a helmet enters to rob the joint. The biker kills a Black customer in a cowboy hat before fleeing into the night. Jodi appears shocked. But she shouldn’t be. The thief is her boyfriend, Eddie (David Iacono). They’re in cahoots.

This film relies on smart world-building by way of a memorable ensemble. Eddie and Jodi are childhood friends, who, three months before the robbery, reconnected on a bus. Jodi is an aspiring singer and actress stuck in her dead-end job; Eddie is a petty criminal who conjures up a plan to finance Jodi’s career by fleecing her crooked boss, Wally (Damon Wayans). But by swindling Wally, they’re also, inadvertently, stealing from his deadly investors, a Black cowboy crime family led by a blind matriarch (Pam Grier).

“Cinnamon” is funny and sweet, centering Jodi and Eddie’s young love, but Grier gives this action-comedy an enthralling,…