|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.
|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. Menace II Society (1993)|
2. Thick as Thieves (1999)
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