|Beloved 1998 R, 174 min.|
Genre: Drama / Mystery / Horror
Director: Jonathan Demme
Cast: Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, Thandie Newton, Kimberly Elise, Beah Richards, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Albert Hall, Irma P. Hall, Dorothy Love Coates, Carol Jean Lewis, Kessia Embry, Jude Ciccolella, Anthony Chisholm, Jane White, Yada Beener
Sethe (Oprah Winfrey) was a slave before the Civil War, but she now lives in Cincinnati in a house that is haunted. Paul (Danny Glover) appears on the scene to visit his friend Sethe, who he has not seen since plantation days. His visit seems to bring out more antics of the ghost who now calls herself "Beloved" and seems to have within her all the ghosts of Sethe's past life.
|Deception 2008 R, 108 min.|
Genre: Action / Drama / Thriller
Director: Marcel Langenegger
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Ewan McGregor, Michelle Williams, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Maggie Q, Natasha Henstridge, Lynn Cohen, Danny Burstein, Malcolm Goodwin, Charlotte Rampling, Frank Girardeau, Bill Camp, Bruce Altman, Stephanie Roth Haberle
Jonathan McQuarry's (Ewan McGregor) profession as an auditor of corporate accounts keeps him working long hours with little time for socializing. When he meets attorney Wyatt Bose (Hugh Jackman), his life changes. They form a friendship that leads to Jonathan joining a sex club, The List, where he meets "S" (Michelle Williams). Jonathan believes "S" is the woman of his dreams, they go out on a date, and "S" is abducted. Police identify Jonathan as the prime suspect as well of the perpetrator in the theft of $20 million. Could Wyatt be using Jonathan as his pawn in a deadly game?
|Hamlet 2000 TV, 178 min.|
Director: Campbell Scott, Eric Simonson
Cast: Campbell Scott, Blair Brown, Roscoe Lee Browne, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Jamey Sheridan, Marcus Giamatti, John Benjamin Hickey, Michael Imperioli, Byron Jennings, Dan Moran, Denis O'Hare, Sam Robards, Roger Guenveur Smith, Bill Buell, David Debesse
This made-for-TV production of Shakespeare's tragedy of Hamlet (Campbell Scott) is based on co-director/star Campbell Scott's earlier theatrical production. It has been updated to late 19th century America and captures most of the bard's story about Hamlet's mother Gertrude (Blair Brown) marrying her brother-in-law Claudius (Jamey Sheridan) soon after Hamlet's father was murdered. His father's ghost (Byron Jennings) appears, tells Hamlet that Claudius killed him, and orders Hamlet to avenge his death. Hamlet fakes madness to avoid suspicion, and the murders and suicide begin–including those of Claudius, Gertrude, Polonius (Roscoe Lee Brown), and Polonius' daughter Ophelia (Lisa Gay Hamilton), and even Hamlet.
|Honeydripper 2007 PG-13, 122 min.|
Genre: Drama / Musical
Director: John Sayles
Cast: Danny Glover, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Yaya DaCosta, Charles S. Dutton, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Gary Clark Jr., Mabel John, Stacy Keach, Nagee Clay, Absalom Adams, Arthur Lee Williams, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Davenia McFadden, Daryl Edwards, Sean Patrick Thomas
This story takes place in Harmony, Alabama, during 1950 and revolves around the efforts of Tyrone "Pine Top" Purvis (Danny Glover) to avoid bankruptcy. Pine Top's bar and blues club, the Honeydipper Lounge, is failing, and he hires popular "Guitar Sam" to perform a one-night-only show as a way to draw in customers who, in turn, will bring in enough money to save the club. But, "Guitar Sam" fails to appear, and now Pine Top has to find someone to impersonate "Guitar Sam" in order to save the club. The answer to his dilemma is itinerant guitarist Sonny Blake (Gary Clark Jr.) who will impersonate "Guitar Sam." But, will the ruse work, and will Pine Top be able to save his club?
|Jackie Brown 1997 R, 150 min.|
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Robert Forster, Bridget Fonda, Michael Keaton, Michael Bowen, Chris Tucker, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Tommy "Tiny" Lister, Hattie Winston, Sid Haig, Aimee Graham, Tangie Ambrose
Jackie Brown (Pam Grier) is an over-the-hill flight attendant caught smuggling money for her arms-dealer boss, Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson). Now the cops want to get their hands on Ordell, and Jackie is faced with doing time or being killed for not keeping her mouth shut. So, she works out a scam to beat them all at their own games. Robert Forster received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
|Krush Groove 1985 R, 95 min.|
Genre: Musical / Comedy / Drama
Director: Michael Schultz
Cast: Sheila E., Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels, Jason Mizell, Blair Underwood, Mark Morales, Damon Wimbley, Darren Robinson, Kurtis Blow, Ricky Bell, Michael Lamone Bibins, Bobby Brown, Ronald De Voe, Ralph E. Tresvant, Lisa Gay Hamilton
This movie mixes some well-known musicians with other little-known ones in a story about a fledgling recording company whose manager, Russell Walker (Blair Underwood), goes to a street hustler for the needed funds. Problems accumulate when he can't repay the loan. But, by story's end, all ends happily.
|Lifebreath 1997 R, 90 min.|
aka: Last Breath
Director: P.J. Posner
Cast: Luke Perry, Francie Swift, Gia Carides, Gary Basaraba, Jack Gilpin, Lisa Gay Hamilton, David Margulies, Matt McGrath, Hillary Bailey Smith, Karen Shallo, Diane Kagan, Maureen Shannon
Chrystie (Francie Swift) suffers from cystic fibrosis and requires a new set of lungs. Finding a donor is made more difficult by the fact that Chrystie has a rare blood type. Her husband, Marty (Luke Perry), desparately searches for a donor and finds Gale (Gia Carides) with whom he starts an affair. Chrystie fnds out about the affair and, furthermore, figures out that Marty intends to murder Gale for her lungs.
|Nick and Jane 1996 R, 95 min.|
Director: Richard Mauro
Cast: Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, James McCaffrey, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Gedde Watanabe, John Dossett, David Johansen, George Coe, Clinton Leupp
After finding her boyfriend in bed with another, Jane (Dana Wheeler-Nicholson) ends up falling in love with taxi driver Nick (James McCaffrey), who sped her away from her ordeal. This is a so-so sex comedy, with kinky people all over the place. It's not very imaginative, and there are probably better ways to spend the hour and a half it takes to get through this one.
|Nine Lives 2005 R, 115 min.|
Director: Rodrigo Garcia
Cast: Glenn Close, Dakota Fanning, Amy Brenneman, Holly Hunter, Joe Mantegna, Ian McShane, Aidan Quinn, Sissy Spacek, Robin Wright Penn, Kathy Baker, Elpidia Carrillo, Stephen Dillane, Miguel Sandoval, Amanda Seyfried, Lisa Gay Hamilton
Key moments in the lives of nine women are told in a series of 10-minute vignettes. The women include prisoner Sandra (Elpidia Carrillo) waiting for her children to visit, ex-wife Lorna (Amy Brenneman) attending her ex-husband's wife's funeral, mother and daughter Maggie and Maria (Glenn Close and Dakota Fanning) having a picnic at a graveside, and Ruth who is thinking about having an affair. Other stories involve Diana (Robin Wright Penn) running into an old boyfriend, cancer patient Camilla (Kathy Baker) preparing for surgery, teenage Samantha (Amanda Seyfried) caring for her invalid father, and Sonia (Holly Hunter) who is upset with her cheating boyfriend. Good acting.
|Palookaville 1996 R, 92 min.|
Director: Alan Taylor
Cast: Adam Trese, Vincent Gallo, William Forsythe, Gareth Williams, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Frances McDormand, Bridgit Ryan, Kim Dickens, Robert LuPone, Nesbitt Blaisdell
Sid (William Forsythe), Jerry (Adam Trese), and Russ (Vincent Gallo) are three lovable losers who try to rob a jewelry store but break through the wall of a BAKERY instead.
|True Crime 1999 R, 127 min.|
Genre: Drama / Thriller
Director: Clint Eastwood
Cast: Clint Eastwood, Isaiah Washington, Denis Leary, Lisa Gay Hamilton, James Woods, Francesca Fisher-Eastwood, Bernard Hill, Diane Venora, Michael Jeter, Mary McCormack, Michael McKean, Hattie Winston, Penny Bae Bridges, John Finn, Laila Robins
Hotshot reporter Steve Everett–"Ev"–(Clint Eastwood) may be a reformed alcoholic, but he hasn't changed enough to stop cheating on his wife–a trait that has ruined his career. When given another reporter's assignment to interview condemned killer Frank Beachum (Isaiah Washington), Ev believes his story and is convinced of his innocence but has only 12 hours to find the proof.
|The Truth About Charlie 2002 PG-13, 104 min.|
Director: Jonathan Demme
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Thandie Newton, Tim Robbins, Joong-Hoon Park, Ted Levine, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Christine Boisson, Stephen Dillane, Simon Abkarian, Sakina Jaffrey
This remake of "Charade" (1967) stars Thandie Newton, Tim Robbins, and Mark Wahlberg in the original Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, and Walter Matthau roles. The story is about a woman who finds her husband has been murdered and their money gone. When two men step in to help solve the murder, it isn't easy to figure who is the good guy and who is the bad.
|1. Beloved (1998)|
2. Deception (2008)
3. Hamlet (2000)
4. Honeydripper (2007)
5. Jackie Brown (1997)
6. Krush Groove (1985)
7. Lifebreath (1997)
aka: Last Breath
8. Nick and Jane (1996)
9. Nine Lives (2005)
10. Palookaville (1996)
11. True Crime (1999)
12. The Truth About Charlie (2002)
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