|Crossroads 2002 PG-13, 94 min.|
Director: Tamra Davis
Cast: Britney Spears, Zoe Saldana, Taryn Manning, Anson Mount, Dan Aykroyd, Kim Cattrall, Justin Long, Raymond Young, Kyle Davis, Brandon Henschel, Beverly Johnson, Bohni Turpin, Branden Williams, Ritchie Montgomery, Jamie Lynn Spears
Three high-school seniors (Britney Spears, Taryn Manning, and Zoe Saldana) find a cross-country trip is the catalyst for resuming their lost friendships with each other. A detour but not a bumpy road in Britney Spears' career.
|The Great Debaters 2007 PG-13, 123 min.|
Director: Denzel Washington
Cast: Denzel Washington, Nate Parker, Jurnee Smollett, Denzel Whitaker, Jermaine Williams, Forest Whitaker, Gina Ravera, John Heard, Kimberly Elise, Devyn A. Tyler, Trenton McClain Boyde, Ritchie Montgomery, Tim Parati
This film is loosely based on the true story of Wiley College professor Melvin B. Tolson (Denzel Washington) who, in 1935, led his small, Black, Texas college team of debaters against Harvard University's team of renown. Tolson's team–Henry Lowe (Nate Parker) and Hamilton Burgess (Jermaine Williams) are joined by alternates Samantha Booke (Jurnee Smollett) and James Farmer, Jr. (Denzel Whitaker). They undergo vigorous training by Tolson as he helps them improve their speaking skills. Conflicts concerning Tolson's efforts to help migrant farm workers rise to the fore, but, in the end, lessons are learned, and the debate team members learn to believe in themselves.
|The Princess and the Frog 2009 G, 95 min.|
Genre: Animation / Family / Musical / Fantasy / Romance
Director: Ron Clements, John Musker
Cast: Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Keith David, Michael-Leon Wooley, Jennifer Cody, Jenifer Lewis, Peter Bartlett, Oprah Winfrey, John Goodman, Jim Cummings, Terrence Howard, Elizabeth M. Dampier, Breanna Brooks, Ritchie Montgomery, Don Hall
In this Disney animated musical, Tiana (voice of Anika Noni Rose) is a poor Black girl who is being raised by her mother Eudora (voice of Oprah Winfrey) in New Orleans. Tiana is working hard to achieve her dream of someday opening her own restaurant. Her best friend Charlotte (Jennifer Cody) is White, and her family is wealthy. When Charlotte's family hosts a party for pompous Prince Naveen (voice of Bruno Campos) of Maldonia who is looking for a wife, Dr. Facilier (Keith David) uses voodoo magic on the Prince and turns him into a frog. The frog Prince convinces Tiana to kiss him in order to reverse the spell, and, when Tiana obliges, she is also turned into a frog. Now, the two of them set off on an adventure through the bayou country in search of a voodoo priestess who they hope can return them to human forms. Academy Award nominations were received for Best Animated Feature and Original Musical Score
|South of Heaven, West of Hell 2000 R, 104 min.|
Genre: Western / Drama
Director: Dwight Yoakam
Cast: Dwight Yoakam, Vince Vaughn, Billy Bob Thornton, Bridget Fonda, Peter Fonda, Paul Reubens, Bud Cort, Michael Jeter, Bo Hopkins, Luke Askew, Joe Unger, Noble Willingham, Matt Clark, Scott Wilson, Ritchie Montgomery
Raised by crooks, Sheriff Valentine Casey (Dwight Yoakam) has turned over a new leaf and now defends the law in early-1900s' Arizona. But, after his brother, Taylor Henry (Vince Vaughn), and his gang arrive in town and rob the bank, Valentine takes a walk during which he falls in love with actress Adalyne (Bridget Fonda). When Taylor's gang threatens Adalyne, Valentine decrees that justice must prevail.
|1. Crossroads (2002)|
2. The Great Debaters (2007)
3. The Princess and the Frog (2009)
4. South of Heaven, West of Hell (2000)
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