|Beauty Shop 2005 PG-13, 105 min.|
Director: Bille Woodruff
Cast: Queen Latifah, Alicia Silverstone, Andie MacDowell, Alfre Woodard, Mena Suvari, Della Reese, Golden Brooks, Laura Hayes, Paige Hurd, Little JJ, LisaRaye, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Kevin Bacon, Sherri Shepherd, Kimora Lee
After moving from Chicago to Atlanta to allow her daughter, Vanessa (Paige Hurd), to attend a prestigious music school, Gina (Queen Latifah) opens a beauty salon and hires stylists to attract customers who enjoy their talents AND their unique personalities.
|Dinosaur 2000 PG, 84 min.|
Genre: Animation / Family / Adventure
Director: Eric Leighton, Ralph Zondag
Cast: D.B. Sweeney, Alfre Woodard, Julianna Margulies, Joan Plowright, Ossie Davis, Samuel E. Wright, Della Reese, Max Casella, Peter Siragusa, Hayden Panettiere
Disney's computer animated technology is excellent in this story about the imminent extinction of dinosaurs during the Mesozoic Age. Warning: this film contains realistic violence that many parents may reasonably consider inappropriate for children.
|Harlem Nights 1989 R, 119 min.|
Genre: Drama / Comedy / Romance
Director: Eddie Murphy
Cast: Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx, Danny Aiello, Michael Lerner, Della Reese, Stan Shaw, Arsenio Hall, Robin Harris, Jasmine Guy, Vic Polizos, Lela Rochon, David Marciano, Thomas Mikal Ford, Berlinda Tolbert
The plot of this movie involves mobsters taking over a Harlem nightclub. Illegal casino owner Sugar Ray (Richard Pryor) joins forces with his adopted son, Quick (Eddie Murphy). They put their lives on the line to prevent gangster Bugsy Calhoune (Michael Lerner) and corrupt cop Phil Cantone (Danny Aiello) from muscling in on the casino business. Their solution: fix a boxing match and collect Bugsy's cash.
|The Kid Who Loved Christmas 1990 TV, 100 min.|
Genre: Family / Drama
Director: Arthur Allan Seidelman
Cast: Cicely Tyson, Michael Warren, Sammy Davis Jr., Gilbert Lewis, Ken Page, Della Reese, Esther Rolle, Ben Vereen, Vanessa Williams, Trent Cameron, Jimmy Carville, Paula Anglin, John Beal, Irma P. Hall, Peter Siragusa
This touching Christmas story is about young orphan Reggie (Trent Cameron) who finally gets a new father. But, the father is a traveling musician, and the adoption agency decides that he is not the right choice. Reggie is again in a foster home and is determined to join his musician father for the holidays. Looking for an answer to his dream, Reggie goes to the local department store Santa (Jimmy Carville) for help. Will Santa perform the miracle? This film, co-produced by Eddie Murphy, was Sammy Davis Jr.'s last film appearance.
|Mama Flora's Family 1998 TV, 240 min.|
Director: Peter Werner
Cast: Cicely Tyson, Blair Underwood, Queen Latifah, Erika Alexander, Mario Van Peebles, Novella Nelson, Preston Brant, Della Reese, Sharon Blackwood, DJ Qualls, Hill Harper, Wynton Yates, Sicily, Lou Myers, Elijah Kelley
This TV miniseries is based on Alex Haley's book and is the saga of a large family during a 50-year span (the 1920s-1950s) with Mama Flora (Cicely Tyson) at the center during a time of great change in the United States for Black families. Mama Flora believes in God and that with God's help her family members will do well in their lives.
|Psychic Killer 1975 PG, 90 min.|
Genre: Horror / Thriller
Director: Ray Danton
Cast: Jim Hutton, Julie Adams, Paul Burke, Aldo Ray, Neville Brand, Whit Bissell, Nehemiah Persoff, Rod Cameron, Della Reese, Mary Charlotte Wilcox, Judith M. Brown, Joseph Della Sorte, Graydon Clark, Johnny Dennis, Harry Holcombe
When he is released from prison after serving time for a crime he did not commit, psychopath Arnold Masters (Jim Hutton) goes on a killing spree with a twist: he uses the Voodoo art of astral projection. His gruesome murders are performed on those he believes at some point in time have wronged him. On his trail are Lt. Morgan (Paul Burke) and Lt. Anderson (Aldo Ray); his psychiatrist Dr. Laura Scott (Julie Adams) also tries to prevent more murders.
|A Thin Line Between Love And Hate 1996 R, 108 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Thriller / Drama / Romance
Director: Martin Lawrence
Cast: Martin Lawrence, Lynn Whitfield, Regina King, Bobby Brown, Della Reese, Roger E. Mosley, Malinda Williams, Daryl Mitchell, Simbi Khali, Tangie Ambrose, Faizon Love, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Miguel A. Nunez Jr., Stacii Jae Johnson, Michael Bell
This comedy/thriller–starring, story by, screenplay co-written by, and directed by Martin Lawrence–is about a nightclub promoter, Darnell Wright (Lawrence), who is having an affair with Brandi (Lynn Whitfield). When Darnell's childhood sweetheart Mia (Regina King) comes back into his life, he realizes that Brandi is not as ready as he is to call it a night, and she will stop at nothing to keep Darnell in her life.
|Twice in a Lifetime 1974 TV, 78 min.|
Director: Herschel Daugherty
Cast: Ernest Borgnine, Della Reese, Eric Laneuville, Slim Pickens, Arte Johnson, Vito Scotti, Warren Vanders
This pilot for a TV series didn't bear fruit, nor did it deserve to. It is, however, worth a look if you are bored, as a loud and salty retired navy cook (Ernest Borgnine) operates a tug. Life on the waterfront sets the scene.
|1. Beauty Shop (2005)|
2. Dinosaur (2000)
3. Harlem Nights (1989)
4. The Kid Who Loved Christmas (1990)
5. Mama Flora's Family (1998)
6. Psychic Killer (1975)
7. A Thin Line Between Love And Hate (1996)
8. Twice in a Lifetime (1974)
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