|CB4 1993 R, 86 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Musical
Director: Tamra Davis
Cast: Chris Rock, Allen Payne, Deezer D, Chris Elliott, Phil Hartman, Theresa Randle, Ice-T, Charles Q. Murphy, Khandi Alexander, Art Evans, Willard E. Pugh, Ty Granderson Jones, Rachel True, Victor Wilson, Richard Gant
CB4 stands for the name of the rap group, Cell Block 4. Its members–CB4 leader Albert, aka MC Gusto (Chris Rock); Otis, aka Stab Master Arson (Deezer D); and Euripides, aka Dead Mike (Allen Payne)–use a scheme of pretending to be gang members to make their message appear more realistic. They rise to fame only to be threatened by the real Gusto (Charles Q. Murphy) who learns of their scam and wants a share of the profits.
|Dark Blue 2003 R, 118 min.|
Genre: Action / Drama / Thriller
Director: Ron Shelton
Cast: Kurt Russell, Scott Speedman, Ving Rhames, Michael Michele, Brendan Gleeson, Kurupt, Lolita Davidovich, Dash Mihok, Jonathan Banks, Khandi Alexander, Dana Lee, Chapman Russell Way, Jim Cody Williams, Marin Hinkle, Eloy Casados
During April, 1992–just five days before four White LAPD officers were acquitted in the beating of Rodney King–Special Investigations Squad veteran Eldon Perry (Kurt Russell) and rookie Bobby Keough (Scott Speedman) are sent to investigate a quadruple homicide. It doesn't take long for young Bobby to become disillusioned. He witnesses Perry's unethical tactics and the department's corruption when orders go out to kill two sex criminals and pin the homicide on them.
|House Party 3 1994 R, 93 min.|
Genre: Musical / Comedy / Romance
Director: Eric Meza
Cast: Christopher Reid, Christopher Martin, David Edwards, Angela Means, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Bernie Mac, Gilbert Gottfried, Ketty Lester, Immature, Michael Colyar, Chris Tucker, Khandi Alexander, Anthony Johnson, Daniel Gardner, Joe Torry
In this sequel, Kid (Christopher Reid) is planning to marry his girlfriend Veda (Angela Means), and Play (Christopher Martin) is managing the female rap act, "Sex as a Weapon" that he books with promoter Showboat (Michael Colyar) for a show. When "Sex as a Weapon" fires Play, he knows that it will upset Showboat if they do not appear for his show and tries to find a way to get them to perform. Meanwhile, Play arranges Kid's bachelor party, and, of course, after a number of problems, the big bash does take place providing fun for all.
|Menace II Society 1993 R, 97 min.|
Director: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
Cast: Tyrin Turner, Larenz Tate, Samuel L. Jackson, Glenn Plummer, Khandi Alexander, Jada Pinkett Smith, Bill Duke, Charles S. Dutton, Arnold Johnson, Vonte Sweet, Anthony Johnson, Brandon Hammond, Reginald Ballard, Jullian Roy Doster, Marilyn Coleman
Inner city violence is the theme of this story about 18-year-old drug-dealer Caine Lawson (Tyrin Turner) trying to find an escape from the street culture in the projects of Watts. Caine's father (Samuel L. Jackson) was a drug dealer, but he and Caine's drug addicted mother have now both died, and his grandparents have kicked him out of their house. Caine's one hope to break out of his lifestyle is Ronnie (Jada Pinkett Smith) who is a single mother trying to find her way out of Watts. A love affair between Caine and Ronnie leads to the decision to move south to Atlanta. But, tragedy lies ahead as they prepare to leave.
|Poetic Justice 1993 R, 110 min.|
Director: John Singleton
Cast: Janet Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Tyra Ferrell, Regina King, Joe Torry, Roger Guenveur Smith, Billy Zane, Khandi Alexander, Maya Angelou, Lori Petty, Michael Rapaport, Tone Loc
After her boyfriend is murdered, young Justice (Janet Jackson) becomes an L.A. hairdresser and retreats into the world of poetry. Later, she meets postal worker Lucky (Tupac Shakur) and must decide if she is ready to fall in love again. The poetry in this film is that of Maya Angelou who assumes the role in this film of Aunt Jane.
|Streetwalkin' 1985 R, 85 min.|
Genre: Drama / Action / Thriller
Director: Joan Freeman
Cast: Melissa Leo, Dale Midkiff, Antonio Fargas, Julie Newmar, Annie Golden, Leon, Randall Batinkoff, Deborah Offner, Khandi Alexander, Julie Cohen, Greg Germann, Kirk Taylor, Jaison Walker, Michael Torres, Bill Shuman
Cookie (Melissa Leo) escapes from an unhappy home and ends up as a prostitute in NYC working for the evil Duke (Dale Midkiff).
|Sugar Hill 1994 R, 123 min.|
Genre: Drama / Thriller
Director: Leon Ichaso
Cast: Wesley Snipes, Michael Wright, Theresa Randle, Abe Vigoda, Clarence Williams III, Ernie Hudson, Raymond Serra, Joe Dallesandro, Leslie Uggams, Vondie Curtis-Hall, DeVaughn Nixon, Marquise Wilson, O.L. Duke, Khandi Alexander, Steve Harris
On the surface, Roemello Skuggs (Wesley Snipes) has it all –girls, car, penthouse. However, he is haunted by his past and tries to fight the influences of Italian drug dealers.
|There's Something About Mary 1998 R, 118 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Romance
Director: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Cast: Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon, Chris Elliott, Lin Shaye, Lee Evans, Jeffrey Tambor, W. Earl Brown, Harland Williams, Keith David, Markie Post, Sarah Silverman, Khandi Alexander, Dan Murphy, Brett Favre
Ted (Ben Stiller) missed out on his high-school prom date with Mary (Cameron Diaz) years ago because of an embarrassing accident. Now, 13 years later, Ted realizes that he still cares for Mary and hires investigator Pat Healy (Matt Dillon) to find her. Pat locates Mary in Miami, becomes interested in her, and tries to keep Ted away. Ted catches on and heads for Miami only to find even more suitors in his way.
|Thick as Thieves 1999 R, 95 min.|
Director: Scott Sanders
Cast: Alec Baldwin, Michael Jai White, Andre Braugher, Rebecca De Mornay, David Byrd, Bruce Greenwood, Richard Edson, Robert Miano, Khandi Alexander, Janeane Garofalo, Erich Anderson, Reginald Ballard, Bradford English, Ricky Harris, Gavin Polone
A double-cross by quirky thieves–Mackin (Alex Baldwin) and Pointy (Michael Jai White)–leads to retribution plots that threaten to accelerate into full-fledged Mob wars. Pointy hires two cops to kill Mackin, but Mackin kills them instead. Detective Petrone (Rebecca De Mornay) investigates the murders and tries to figure out Mackin's mode of operation. The characters in this story are multidimensional and provide good entertainment.
|1. CB4 (1993)|
2. Dark Blue (2003)
3. House Party 3 (1994)
4. Menace II Society (1993)
5. Poetic Justice (1993)
6. Streetwalkin' (1985)
7. Sugar Hill (1994)
8. There's Something About Mary (1998)
9. Thick as Thieves (1999)
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