|All About the Benjamins 2002 R, 96 min.|
Genre: Action / Comedy / Drama / Thriller
Director: Kevin Bray
Cast: Ice Cube, Mike Epps, Tommy Flanagan, Carmen Chaplin, Eva Mendes, Jeff Chase, Valarie Rae Miller, Anthony Giaimo, Roger Guenveur Smith, Anthony Michael Hall, Gino Salvano, Tony Ward, Dominic Chianese Jr., Antoni Corone, Bob Carter
Numerous times, bounty hunter Bucum Jackson (Ice Cube) has tracked down con man Reggie Wright (Mike Epps). This time, the trail leads to an abandoned warehouse, which, as luck would have it, is the drop-off area for a diamond heist. In the confusion, Reggie's wallet is stolen and, along with it, a winning lottery ticket. It isn't long before the unlikely duo of Bucum and Reggie team up to outwit the jewel thieves.
|American Gangster 2007 R, 158 min.|
Genre: Drama / Thriller
Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Josh Brolin, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lymari Nadal, Ted Levine, Roger Guenveur Smith, John Hawkes, RZA, Yul Vazquez, Malcolm Goodwin, Ruby Dee, Armand Assante, Carla Gugino, Cuba Gooding Jr.
Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) takes over the Harlem drug world in 1963 when he sees a big business opportunity: he buys drugs in the Middle East and then manages to use military planes to smuggle the drugs into the United States. Although Frank keeps a low profile, police officer Detective Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe) spots him at a boxing match where Frank is wearing a chinchilla coat–given to him by his wife Eva (Lymari Nadal)–and he is sitting in front of Mafia boss Dominic Cattano (Armand Assante). Roberts is an honest cop, but his department is corrupt, and Detective Trupo (Josh Brolin) works to compromise Frank's integrity. Violence erupts in the attempt to pin down Lucas, and during the confrontation between Roberts and Trupo only one will emerge victorious. The film received two Academy Award nominations including Best Supporting Actress (Ruby Dee).
|The Color of Courage 1999 PG, 92 min.|
Director: Lee Rose
Cast: Linda Hamilton, Lynn Whitfield, Bruce Greenwood, Roger Guenveur Smith, David Andrews, Jenny O'Hara, Kevin McNulty, Laurie Murdoch, Gannon Brown, Shan Elliot
Based on the 1940 civil rights case, "Sipes v McGhee," this made-for-TV movie relates the struggle of a Detroit black family, the McGhees, to move into an all-white neighborhood.
|Deep Cover 1992 R, 122 min.|
Director: Bill Duke
Cast: Laurence Fishburne, Jeff Goldblum, Victoria Dillard, Charles Martin Smith, Clarence Williams III, Gregory Sierra, Rene Assa, Alex Colon, Sydney Lassick, Roger Guenveur Smith
When a police officer (Larry Fishburne) is given an undercover assignment that puts him in the Los Angeles drug world, he is slowly lured into the web of drugs and money–with devastating results.
|Fatwa 2006 N/R, 91 min.|
Genre: Drama / Thriller
Director: John Carter
Cast: Lauren Holly, Lacey Chabert, Angus Macfadyen, Mykelti Williamson, John Doman, Ryan Sands, Roger Guenveur Smith, Rachel Miner, Noa Tishby, Billy Warlock, Jason Warner Smith, Elizabeth Uhl, James Lewis, Andrew Schneider
Senator Maggie Davidson (Lauren Holly) takes a hard line on terrorism–to the extent that a terrorist group plans to kill her (and many more people) with the use of a "dirty" bomb at the Mall of America. When she becomes aware of the plan, Maggie must take action to avert the catastrophe.
|Final Destination 2000 R, 90 min.|
Genre: Horror / Thriller
Director: James Wong
Cast: Devon Sawa, Ali Larter, Kerr Smith, Kristen Cloke, Amanda Detmer, Chad Donella, Brendan Fehr, Daniel Roebuck, Tony Todd, Barbara Tyson, Roger Guenveur Smith, Seann William Scott, Forbes Angus, Lisa Marie Caruk, Christine Chatelain
Alex (Devon Sawa) has a premonition about his high-school group's flight to Paris and, along with some of his friends, is able to get off the plane before it leaves. True to his premonition, the plane explodes shortly after takeoff. But Death does not like to be cheated, and the students saved by Alex start dying, one-by-one. A slightly different take on the teen slasher genre.
|Get on the Bus 1996 R, 122 min.|
Director: Spike Lee
Cast: Ossie Davis, Charles S. Dutton, Andre Braugher, Richard Belzer, Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Harry Lennix, Isaiah Washington, Roger Guenveur Smith, De'aundre Bonds, Hill Harper, Gabriel Casseus, Albert Hall, Bernie Mac, Steve White, Joie Lee
A group of African-American men board a bus in Los Angeles and head for Minister Louis Farrakhan's Million Man March in Washington, D.C., during October 1995. Along the way, conversations reveal the complex racial problems that exist in the United States as the men strive for unity and understanding.
|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.
|King of New York 1990 R, 103 min.|
Genre: Drama / Action / Thriller
Director: Abel Ferrara
Cast: Christopher Walken, David Caruso, Laurence Fishburne, Victor Argo, Wesley Snipes, Janet Julian, Joey Chin, Giancarlo Esposito, Paul Calderon, Steve Buscemi, Theresa Randle, Leonard L. Thomas, Roger Guenveur Smith, Carrie Nygren, Ernest Abuba
Drug kingpin Frank White (Christopher Walken) returns to the streets of New York from a long stint in prison and again takes up his old trade. He and his gang have many enemies; both police and rivals don't like his multi-racial gang. This time, Frank has a new goal: he wants to help the poor by building a big hospital in their neighborhood. Extremely violent.
|Poetic Justice 1993 R, 110 min.|
Director: John Singleton
Cast: Janet Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Tyra Ferrell, Regina King, Joe Torry, Roger Guenveur Smith, Billy Zane, Khandi Alexander, Maya Angelou, Lori Petty, Michael Rapaport, Tone Loc
After her boyfriend is murdered, young Justice (Janet Jackson) becomes an L.A. hairdresser and retreats into the world of poetry. Later, she meets postal worker Lucky (Tupac Shakur) and must decide if she is ready to fall in love again. The poetry in this film is that of Maya Angelou who assumes the role in this film of Aunt Jane.
|Shade 2003 R, 95 min.|
Genre: Drama / Thriller
Director: Damian Nieman
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Melanie Griffith, Gabriel Byrne, Hal Holbrook, Thandie Newton, Stuart Townsend, Dina Merrill, Bo Hopkins, Jamie Foxx, Patrick Bauchau, Roger Guenveur Smith, Charles Rocket, Joe Nicolo, George Tovar, Frank Medrano
Charlie (Gabriel Byrne) and Tiffany (Thandie Newton) join forces with fellow L.A. poker players Larry (Jamie Foxx) and Vernon (Stuart Townsend) to carry out a sting in which they plan to beat "The Dean" (Sylvester Stallone) in a poker game. There is one catch: the ill-begotten money belongs to a mob boss who wants his money back, and now they are pursued by gangsters.
|Summer of Sam 1999 R, 145 min.|
Genre: Drama / Romance
Director: Spike Lee
Cast: John Leguizamo, Adrien Brody, Mira Sorvino, Jennifer Esposito, Michael Rispoli, Saverio Guerra, Brian Tarantina, Bebe Neuwirth, Anthony LaPaglia, Ben Gazzara, Al Palagonia, Ken Garito, Patti LuPone, Mike Starr, Roger Guenveur Smith
Set during the summer of 1977, when "Son of Sam"–David Berkowitz–was on his killing spree in the Bronx, this Spike Lee drama examines the sexual freedom of the era. The plot revolves around a group of Italian-Americans who love the disco life but are affected by the fear Berkowitz caused when one murder victim after another is discovered in their neighborhood.
|1. All About the Benjamins (2002)|
2. American Gangster (2007)
3. The Color of Courage (1999)
4. Deep Cover (1992)
5. Fatwa (2006)
6. Final Destination (2000)
7. Get on the Bus (1996)
8. Hamlet (2000)
9. King of New York (1990)
10. Poetic Justice (1993)
11. Shade (2003)
12. Summer of Sam (1999)
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