|Bee Movie 2007 PG, 90 min.|
Genre: Animation / Family / Comedy
Director: Steve Hickner, Simon J. Smith
Cast: Jerry Seinfeld, Renee Zellweger, Matthew Broderick, Patrick Warburton, John Goodman, Chris Rock, Kathy Bates, Barry Levinson, Larry King, Ray Liotta, Sting, Oprah Winfrey, Rip Torn, Larry Miller, Megan Mullally
Bee-college graduate Barry B. Benson (voice of Jerry Seinfeld) questions whether making honey in the hive is all there is in a bee's life. He ventures into New York City and makes friends with a human, friendly florist Vanessa Bloome (Renee Zellweger). Barry is shocked to learn that humans steal and eat the bee's honey and decides to team up with Vanessa and sue the honey manufacturers for stealing the honey.
|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.
|Charlotte's Web 2006 G, 97 min.|
Genre: Family / Comedy / Drama / Fantasy
Director: Gary Winick
Cast: Julia Roberts, Dakota Fanning, Steve Buscemi, John Cleese, Oprah Winfrey, Cedric the Entertainer, Kathy Bates, Reba McEntire, Robert Redford, Thomas Haden Church, Andre Benjamin, Dominic Scott Kay, Sam Shepard, Abraham Benrubi, Kevin Anderson
Wilbur (voice of Dominic Scott Kay) is a pig saved from destruction by 12-year-old Fern (Dakota Fanning) who brings Wilber into her home and even to school. But enough is enough, and Wilbur is sent to live in a barn where he meets a menagerie of barn animals including geese–Gussy (voice of Oprah Winfrey) and Golly (Cedric the Entertainer)–horse Ike (voice of Robert Redford), and rat Templeton (voice of Steve Buscemi). But his best friend turns out to be a spider, Charlotte (voice of Julia Roberts), who sets out to save Wilbur from becoming Christmas dinner.
|The Color Purple 1985 PG-13, 152 min.|
Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Margaret Avery, Oprah Winfrey, Willard E. Pugh, Akosua Busia, Adolph Caesar, Rae Dawn Chong, Dana Ivey, Laurence Fishburne, Desreta Jackson, Leonard Jackson, Bennet Guillory
This story is based on Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and revolves around a Black family in Georgia where success is learned from lessons in adversity. In 1909, teenager Celie (Desreta Jackson) gives birth to two children and is virtually sold off to sharecropper Alfred (Danny Glover) who marries her and then sells the children. Celie is treated like a slave. Later, Albert moves his mistress Shug (Margaret Avery) into the house. Celie (now played by Whoopi Goldberg) develops a good relationship with Shug and Alfred's take-no-guff daughter-in-law Sofia (Oprah Winfrey). Through their friendships, Celie gains the strength to leave Albert and begin a new life. The film received 11 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Actress (Whoopi Goldberg), and two for Supporting Actress (Margaret Avery and Oprah Winfrey). A "must see."
|Native Son 1986 PG, 113 min.|
Director: Jerrold Freedman
Cast: Matt Dillon, Elizabeth McGovern, Oprah Winfrey, Victor Love, Carroll Baker, Art Evans, John Karlen, Geraldine Page, Lane Smith, John McMartin
This film shows the great chasm of misunderstanding between the "haves" and "have nots." Bigger, a young black man (Victor Young), is offered the chance to move up in the world when he is given the job of chauffeur for a wealthy family. When their daughter is accidentally killed by him, he is at a complete loss as to how to handle the situation in his strange new affluent and alien surroundings.
|Throw Momma from the Train 1987 PG-13, 88 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama
Director: Danny DeVito
Cast: Danny DeVito, Billy Crystal, Kim Greist, Anne Ramsey, Rob Reiner, Kate Mulgrew, Bruce Kirby, Oprah Winfrey, Annie Ross, Branford Marsalis, Joey DePinto, Raye Birk, Stu Silver, Olivia Brown, Philip Perlman
A college professor, Larry (Billy Crystal), and his student Owen(Danny DeVito) get mixed up in a scheme to rid each other of one ex-wife and one mother, respectively. Larry thinks the whole thing is a joke–until Owen tells Larry that he has killed Larry's ex-wife Margaret (Kate Mulgrew) and expects Larry to kill his Momma (Anne Ramsey). Now, the questions are: Did Owen really kill Margaret, and will Larry kill Momma? Anne Ramsey received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
|The Women of Brewster Place 1989 TV, 200 min.|
Director: Donna Deitch
Cast: Oprah Winfrey, Jackee, Cicely Tyson, Robin Givens, Olivia Cole, Lonette McKee, Mary Alice, Leon, Paula Kelly, Paul Winfield
The inner-city tenements are the setting of this story of the lives of black women and how they cope with life.
|1. Bee Movie (2007)|
2. Beloved (1998)
3. Charlotte's Web (2006)
4. The Color Purple (1985)
5. Native Son (1986)
6. Throw Momma from the Train (1987)
7. The Women of Brewster Place (1989)
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