|Biker Boyz 2003 PG-13, 90 min.|
Genre: Action / Drama
Director: Reggie Rock Bythewood
Cast: Laurence Fishburne, Derek Luke, Orlando Jones, Djimon Hounsou, Lisa Bonet, Brendan Fehr, Larenz Tate, Kid Rock, Rick Gonzalez, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Meagan Good, Terrence Howard, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Dante Basco, Dion Basco
Biker clubs–mostly composed of affluent African Americans–meet in Fresno, CA, for the annual drag racing championships. Big on noise, little of substance.
|Coach Carter 2005 PG-13, 136 min.|
Director: Thomas Carter
Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Rob Brown, Robert Ri'chard, Rick Gonzalez, Nana Gbewonyo, Antwon Tanner, Channing Tatum, Ashanti, Texas Battle, Denise Dowse, Debbi Morgan, Mel Winkler, Carolina Garcia, Vincent Laresca, Octavia Spencer
This film is based on a true story that took place in 1999 when basketball team members signed a contract to maintain good grades at their high school. When they failed to live up to the commitment, Coach Ken Carter (Samuel L. Jackson) benched the undefeated team and insisted on a 2.5 grade point average for his players. The community was outraged.
|Illegal Tender 2007 R, 108 min.|
Genre: Drama / Thriller
Director: Franc. Reyes
Cast: Rick Gonzalez, Wanda De Jesus, Dania Ramirez, Tego Calderon, Manny Perez, Antonio Ortiz, Jessica Pimentel, Michael Philip Del Rio, Samuel Molina, Delilah Cotto, Rick Sepulveda, D.C. Benny
In 1985, after Millie's (Jessica Pimentel) drug-dealer husband Wilson (Manny Perez) is murdered by drug lord Javier Cordero's (Gary Perez) thugs, she leaves the Bronx with money she has legitimately invested from Wilson's ill-begotten gains. Millie settles down in Connecticut with new baby Wilson, Jr. and, later, his half brother Randy. Now, it is 2007, and Wilson, Jr. (Rick Gonzalez) is an honors student in college but has never wondered about where his mother's money came from. But that changes when the past returns with a vengeance. Wilson is drawn into his parents' past when Millie (now played by Wanda De Jesus) tells him about his father's past, and, together, they face a final showdown with Wilson Sr.'s killer.
|Mambo Cafe 1999 PG-13, 95 min.|
Director: Reuben Gonzalez
Cast: Danny Aiello, Rick Gonzalez, Rosanna DeSoto, Thalia, Robert Costanzo, Paul Rodriguez, Richard Hillman, Lillo Brancato, Raymond Serra, Gary Swanson
A Puerto Rican family runs a restaurant in NYC, and business isn't good. Here's an idea: rumor has it that a local mobster is about to be taken out by his superiors, and the restaurant would become famous if the gangster got killed there. So–the gangster accepts the invitation to dine daily at the family's cafe, and the plan works. One result is favorable–the place is now packed; the problem is that now the mob boss is suspicious of what happened.
|Pride and Glory 2008 R, 125 min.|
Director: Gavin O'Connor
Cast: Colin Farrell, Edward Norton, Jon Voight, Noah Emmerich, Jennifer Ehle, John Ortiz, Shea Wigham, Frank Grillo, Lake Bell, Rick Gonzalez, Carmen Ejogo, Manny Perez, Wayne Duvall, Maximiliano Hernandez, Ramon Rodriguez
Ray (Edward Norton) and his brother Frances, Jr. (Noah Emmerich) have followed in their father Francis Tierney, Sr.'s (Jon Voight) profession as police officers. Their brother-in-law Jimmy Egan (Colin Farrell) is also a policeman. During a bloody shoot-out between Hispanic drug dealers and the police, four policemen are killed. Now, Francis, Sr. talks Ray into investigating the case, and while Ray tracks down the killers, Jimmy, who is involved in a drug ring, desperately tries to cover his own tracks.
|Pulse 2006 R, 90 min.|
Genre: Horror / Sci-Fi
Director: Jim Sonzero
Cast: Kristen Bell, Ian Somerhalder, Christina Milian, Rick Gonzalez, Jonathan Tucker, Samm Levine, Zach Grenier, Ron Rifkin, Octavia Spencer, Jeremy Guskin, Kel O'Neill, Joseph Gatt, Riki Lindhome, Brad Dourif, Christine Barger
This remake of Kiyoshi Kurosawa's "Pulse" involves a plague brought on by the computer hacking of Josh (Jonathan Tucker) who hangs himself in the presence of his girlfriend, Mattie (Kristen Bell). After he has killed himself, Josh's e-mails, containing a virus, begin arriving on Maggie's and her friends' computers. Maggie tracks down the new owner of Josh's old computer, Dexter (Ian Somerhalder), and they join forces to try to put an end to the madness.
|Roll Bounce 2005 PG-13, 107 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama
Director: Malcolm D. Lee
Cast: Bow Wow, Chi McBride, Meagan Good, Wesley Jonathan, Kellita Smith, Jurnee Smollett, Khleo Thomas, Nick Cannon, Mike Epps, Rick Gonzalez, Charles Q. Murphy, Marcus T. Paulk
X (Bow Wow) and his Chicago friends plan to spend the summer at the local roller skating rink Plans change when their South Side rink goes out of business, and they decide to try out Sweetwater Roller Rink where they find they are no match for the North Side crowd of skaters. Nevertheless, it doesn't take long before X and his pals enter themselves in the annual Sweetwater skating competition.
|The Rookie 2002 G, 129 min.|
Genre: Family / Drama
Director: John Lee Hancock
Cast: Dennis Quaid, Rachel Griffiths, Jay Hernandez, Beth Grant, Brian Cox, Rick Gonzalez, Angus T. Jones, Chad Lindberg, Angelo Spizzirri, Royce D. Applegate, Russell Richardson, Raynor Scheine, David Blackwell, Blue Deckert, Danny Kamin
This is the true story of Jimmy Morris (Dennis Quaid) who went from coaching high-school baseball in a small Texas town to the oldest major league rookie in 40 years when he signed as a southpaw for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. It all came about because his high-school team made a bargain that if they won the district championship, Coach Morris would try out for major league baseball.
|War of the Worlds 2005 PG-13, 117 min.|
Genre: Action / Sci-Fi / Adventure / Drama / Thriller
Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Justin Chatwin, Miranda Otto, Tim Robbins, David Alan Basche, Yul Vazquez, Rick Gonzalez, Lenny Venito, Lisa Ann Walter, Daniel Franzese, Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, Roz Abrams, Michael Brownlee
Adapted from H.G. Wells' 1898 novel, this story involves a deadbeat father, Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise), trying to regain a relationship with his children–Robbie (Justin Chatwin) and Rachel (Dakota Fanning)–when a three-legged alien that attacks humans appears on the scene. Will Ray be able to save his kids? Three Academy Award nominations were received (Best Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects).
|1. Biker Boyz (2003)|
2. Coach Carter (2005)
3. Illegal Tender (2007)
4. Mambo Cafe (1999)
5. Pride and Glory (2008)
6. Pulse (2006)
7. Roll Bounce (2005)
8. The Rookie (2002)
9. War of the Worlds (2005)
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