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1. Ladder 49 (Widescreen Edition)
Director: Jay Russell
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In paying simple tribute to firefighters, Ladder 49 gets to the heart of those who risk their lives for a living. Director Jay Russell brought similar sincerity to his memorable family favorite My Dog Skip, and despite the banalities of an ultra-conventional screenplay by Lewis Colick, Ladder 49 generates so much goodwill toward its Baltimore firemen that you may find yourself unexpectedly overcome with emotional appreciation for guys like Jack (Joaquin Phoenix), a firefighter whose career, courtship, marriage, and fatherhood are viewed in flashback as he struggles to survive in the present-day framing scenes, cut off from his fellow firemen in the fiery guts of a collapsing 20-floor building. There are no surprises in the familiar scenes of male bonding, dangerous rescues, injury and death, and the supportive concern of Jack's wife (Jacinda Barrett), but by focusing on the simple integrity of Jack's personal and professional commitment, the movie gives Phoenix a showcase for unselfish virtue, while John Travolta provides dignified support as Jack's mentor and devoted firehouse captain. Ladder 49 is routine in most respects, but it's a much-deserved valentine to working-class heroes. --Jeff Shannon ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Good production values but blah story
This DVD looked and sounded great; the surround sound put you right in the middle of the fire scenes. Unfortunately, I couldn't get involved in the very simplistic story. The only thing different about the film was the non-linear timeline. Everything else was by the numbers, including the performances. But, if you have a good home theater system, it would be worth a rental.

2-0 out of 5 stars Poor plot, poorly executed storyline
I didn't feel any sense of brotherhood between these men.And the plot and entire movie just fell flat for me.It was a cliched portrayel of the profession, cliched life of a man (becomes rookie firefighter, marries immediately, has a boy, then a girl, bbq's with other firefighters at his house etc.).Just a boring salute to firefighting.
Firefighting gentlemen, deserved BETTER.A better screenplay would have been a good start.A more tragic or moving death would be have been good.One that made me care more than an ounce.You could see this truck coming a mile away.

5-0 out of 5 stars Please read this.
http://www.usfa.fema.gov/safety/
http://www.firekills.gov.uk/home/04.htm
http://www.firesafety.gov/
http://www.dos.state.ny.us/kidsroom/firesafe/firesafe.html
http://www.nfpa.org/sparky/
Unfortunately most people don't understand the seriousness of a fire. They light candles indoors, they smoke cigarettes in bed, they leave the kitchen with the stove on... things we do everday, no big deal right? Unfortunately to find out the error of our ways it sometimes costs us our lives,the lives of those we love most, and sometimes the family next door.
It can happen to any of us at any moment. I listed some websites here because I know what it's like to lose relatives to a fire and BELIEVE me it is most certainly worth spending an hour of your life to read the important information on these websites. Educate your children. Don't even keep candles in the house. Keep matches out of reach of children. Make sure you have working smoke detectors.
I cried during this movie because I know how important a firefighters job is and what they risk running into burning buildings that could have been prevented with just a little education and a little caution.
I just hope it does more than entertain but also encourages people to do the best firefighting job one can do and prevent the fire from starting in the first place.
Even a tiny spark can turn completely out of control in a matter of seconds, please arm yourself and your family with a reasonable amount of fear of fire.

2-0 out of 5 stars UNINSPIRED AND UNCREATIVE
This movie is sort of a flag waving movie for firefighters, which is ok in principle, but it's not very well done.Most of all it has no real story or momentum.A review of the main character's life is the sole "story".This is a sharp contrast to the much more engaging and dramatic "Backdraft".

The fire scenes are fine, but again they were probably more interesting in Backdraft.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's time to get on the ladder!
This is what you call an honest-to-goodness description of what goes on in the lives of brave firefighters. The movie contains no Soap Opera material or love triangle nonsense. There are no invincible, James Bond type firemen running around putting out infernos all by themselves.Rather, the plot centers around the daily struggles of people in the firefighting business;both in their professional as well as their personal lives.

Joaquin Phoenix proves that he is up to the task of playing a very likable character. Unlike most of the characters portrayed by John Travolta, the captain of the firehouse is only slightly nuts (as opposed to completely nuts!). The acting is splendid all-around & I did not notice any weaknesses in that department.

While there are some spectacular scenes in LADDER 49, I liked the fact that the filmmakers did not try to get TOO extreme and caught up in making far-fetched heroic scenes. I would think that every episode depicted in the film would have a counterpart mirrored in real-life.For once, there is a movie about courage that is not "Hollywoodized" beyond belief.

Another nice touch is that the story takes place in Baltimore.As most movies of this type take place in either New York, Chicago or LA, it was good to see a different American city portrayed on film.Even better, in the Special Features the DVD contains interviews and commentary with real Baltimore firemen & their families. Nicely done.

I readily admit that I am not a fireman myself.However, I can't help but think that this movie speaks for a great many firemen across the country.I would be mortified to find out that firemen could not relate to at least some aspects of this story.I can't think of a higher compliment to pay this movie than that.

So, here is the bottom line. If you enjoy movies about firemen and / or heroism, pick up this DVD. If, on the other hand you dislike movies about firefighters, then pick up this movie. ... Read more


2. The Brothers
Director: Gary Hardwick
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Think of it as a male version of Waiting to Exhale. The Brothers similarly features four good friends who offer each other advice and support as they navigate the strange and treacherous waters of romantic relationships. Jackson (Morris Chestnut) is a doctor with serious commitment problems; he has dreams about a woman in a bridal gown aiming a gun at him. Brian (Bill Bellamy) is a lawyer with a caustic view of the opposite sex, inspired in large part by his untrusting and unaffectionate mother; he also has commitment problems. Upwardly mobile professional Terry (Shemar Moore) is a well-muscled womanizer who's finally decided to settle down, but as the wedding draws close it becomes clear that he, too, has commitment problems. Fortunately, the fourth member of the quartet, Derrick (D.L. Hughley), is married and devoted to his family--except that his wife refuses to engage in anything but straight missionary sex, which Derrick sees as manipulative. The Brothers depicts a glamorous world in which everyone is good-looking and well dressed; the number of characters makes it hard to delve into anyone's life with any depth, but the actors are engaging and the script makes an effort to look at the "battle of the sexes" from both sides. The immensely charming Gabrielle Union (from Bring It On) plays the girl who just might convince Jackson to give up his single ways. --Bret Fetzer ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars impressed
This movie is about true friendship triumphing over a number of impositions. The friendship first between the four main characters, the brothers get over their own self pride, to realise that friendship is support, not just giving your own opinion. Morris Chestnut who plays his role extremely well is just an average man with the fears every man has, he is afraid to commit to any woman, or when he does it always seems to turn bad for him because he just doesnt give it his all. Until the ever so talented and beautiful Gabrielle Union(Denise), comes into his life. He makes it obvious that he is not interested in a relationship. This doesnt last long as sex drags its arse into it, to find out the rest u would have to watch it, you will not be disappointed, this movie is definetly for everyone. 5 thumbs up. Enjoy.

2-0 out of 5 stars Oh brother.....what a disappointment this movie is.
The Brothers tries to copy Waiting to Exhale. However that film adaptation made the same mistake this film makes: The four men do not become characters who tell their own stories; they become caricatures of types of black men we all know. These stereotypes include the misogynist, the womanizer, the family man and the nice guy who finishes last. If these are the good brothers then I'm worried. Most of these guys only cared about money, clothes, cars and sex. I wanted some dimension to their personalities that would make them into real people onscreen.
There was a great story here sadly, the writer couldn't tell it because the shallow producers decided to show pretty pictures of handsome actors wearing expensive designer clothes driving nice cars living in the lap of luxury. I wondered where the character development was. The relationships the Brothers have with the each other seemed contrived. These actors never bonded like "Brothers." There was no chemistry between them; the only thing they had in common was the paycheck they got for this film. "Brother" means someone you're very close to; I didn't get that feeling watching these four guys onscreen.
The relationships these "Brothers" have with the women in their lives seemed convoluted as well. Falling in love in this film happens overnight; there is no natural progression to the romance. Morris Chestnut's character meets Gabrielle Union in the park, in one frame they meet and the next they're in bed and in another they're in love. Their big conflict: She used to date his Father-come on! Shemar Moore's character is saying he's a reformed womanizer and is getting married after having a two-month relationship! He gets cold feet and his jilted lover comes back to attack him with a gun in the climax of the film. DL Hughley says he wants to divorce his wife for not orally pleasuring him. Bill Bellamy's character is a misogynist because his mother treated him badly. I kept waiting for the stories of these brothers to get interesting but they went nowhere at all.
I found a surprising amount of misogyny in the undertones of this movie. Why were all the women dressed in low-cut belly baring shirts? Why did the DL Hughley character feel he should divorce his wife because he wanted oral sex? Why were all the girlfriends dressed so sexy in most of the scenes? Where was the respect for the sisters? I'd like to have seen some balance in this film; show us some positive images of strong black women standing next to the images of positive black men.
I hate to give this film a bad review. I know everyone who worked on it was trying to create a positive message about responsible black men. However the whole movie comes off as shallow and half-hearted. I give props to DL Hughley, Shemar Moore Morris Chestnut, Bill Bellamy, Gabrielle Union, Tamala Jones, Marla Gibbs and the rest of the cast for their work on this film, but I really expected the writer, producers and director to do a better job with this film. Rent if you really have to see it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Male version of Waiting to Exhale
Okay the movie is not fantastic, but I liked it anyway. 4 men in different stages of their relationships. I pretty much thought of the movie as a Male version of Waiting to Exhale. Jackson (Morris Chestnut) has major commitment problems. Brian (Bill Bellamy) you will eventually figure out his relationship woes are due to the relationship he had with his mom giving him his jaded views on love. Terry (Shemar Moore) finally decides to settle down, and right before the big day, he let's his commitment phobia shine through. Derrick (D.L. Hughley), is married and devoted to his family. His problem? His wife refuses to have oral sex with him, and it's causing serious isses with their relationship. The movie has some funny moment and the acting though not academy award winning was decent. I happen to love the movie and I've watched my copy a few times.

5-0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!
Why? Because it was great to finally see a movie with some brothers who weren't gang bangers, had jobs, and discuss their relationships and fears/frustrations the same way women do. I only hope that black hollywood can keep churning out movies like this because it is needed.

Morris Chestnut does a great job as usual, looking fine as ever. Shemar Moore, Bill Bellamy and DL Hughley (who is funnier here than on his own show) are fantastic as well. I'm sure you have seen/read the reviews and know the plot--so what are you waiting for? Go buy the damm DVD and check it out!

1-0 out of 5 stars Didn't like it too much
I tried to get into this movie, but it just didn't click with me mainly because I don't like Gabrielle Union. She's just not a good actress to me. She's alright when she's playing the antagonist role to the main character because I don't have to like her, but when she's playing the lead role and I'm forced to cheer for her, it just doesn't work for me. But besides my dislike for Miss Union, I still didn't get into this film I guess because it was like the male version of Waiting to Exhale and being a woman I couldn't relate. Also another thing that bothered me was that the male leads didn't really mesh well together as best friends, it was like they were just forced together. Don't get me wrong I love all of the male leads, but together they just didn't click. ... Read more


3. The Best Man
Director: Malcolm D. Lee
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4-0 out of 5 stars Really Good Movie With A Nice Lesson
I liked The Best Man. It was a really nice movie, not too deep, not too light, with vivid characters that were very 3 dimensional.

There are 6 main characters, all friends since college, who get together for a wedding. All of the characters are doing nicely in their chosen professions, which was a VERY WELCOME change from the standard fare offered with African American's at the helm. I was finally able to identify with the people on screen (not all of us live in ghetto's and drink alcohol!). There are misunderstandings, expectations of infedility, and loads of fun in this movie. And the dialogue was refreshing, exciting and insightful.

If you've ever seen and loved The Big Chill, then The Best Man will be a great addition to your collection. Both films are similar in their overall premise, great scripts and fabulous directing.

As for the acting, everyone did a great job. But, I would be remise in not telling you the purchase price for this video is worth it JUST for the performance of Terrence Howard, who portrays Quincy. Quincy is one of the most fabulously drawn characters I've ever experienced. As some older folks say "He played the heck out of that role!"

Buy it! You won't regret it.
Dr. Braxy :o)

5-0 out of 5 stars THE BEST OF THE BEST
This movie is fast becoming a classic. It was well written, acted and the cast was beautiful. Though the cast was of African American actors, this is movie for all ethnic backrounds.It tells of a group of college friends that reunite for a wedding, but the wedding itself is not the story, its a semi-ficticious book written by one of the friends. Why is the book so paramount? Its actually a true account of events that had occurred between the friends when enrolled in college. The movie also gives an accurate depiction of quality of the up and coming African Americans in the entertainment industry. Everyone did a masterful job! I could not imagine anyone else playing in their roles. The directing was great and the ending was expected but moving. I cried!Terrance Howard should have been nominated for an award for best supportng actor. He made this film as realistic as your reunions with your families and friends. Don't miss this!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Man is one of the Best
Of course I am attracted to this movie because of Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, and the beautiful chocolate Morris Chestnut. Yet another attraction is that these characters are professionals, established, and have a storyline. I am happy that this movie was made. For every ghetto movie there needs to be 100 movies like this, to show that African Americans actors can do more than be on drugs, sell drugs, on welfare, and women showing their bodies. I love this movie. It is great.

5-0 out of 5 stars I Can Relate
Me and my friends watch this movie everytime we get together. This a great movie. I have this one friend that compares me and 3 of my other friends to the characters of the movie, with me being Trentin. I can't disagree at all out of the four she picked i would be Trent but she would be Jordan. So we all seat back a just the persons line who we relate to it fun. Watch this movie with your friends and see if you can relate to the characters.

2-0 out of 5 stars Great to watch -- with the volume on mute!!
I enjoyed this flick the second time, ONLY because I watched it without ANY sound. That's right, on complete MUTE. This movie just LOOKS good. Whoever wrote this script should be "slapped", I mean with a back-hand, too.

And Nia?? I like her, she is pretty but girlfriend CANNOT act at all. I don't know if it's her or the script. The audience saw EVERY camera angle of her immaculate haircut, behind her ears, etc. Nia would have been far better in a 30-second hairstyle tv commercial.

And that fight scene between Taye and Morris was completely overdone.

This will be the last African American film I will see in awhile. ... Read more


4. Ladder 49
Director: Jay Russell
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5. Boyz N the Hood (2-Disc Anniversary Edition)
Director: John Singleton
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John Singleton’s award-winning portrayal of social problems in inner-city Los Angeles takes the form of a tale of three friends growing up together in the ‘hood’.Facing tough lives, two succumbto the crime surrounding them in their environment, but one learns to have the strength of character to do what is right and to always take responsibility for his actions. Academy Award ® nominee for Best Director and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (1992). Stars Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix Reloaded), Cuba Gooding, Jr. (Boat Trip), Ice Cube (Barbershop), Morris Chestnut (The Break Up Handbook), Angela Bassett (How Stella Got Her Groove Back). ... Read more


6. Two Can Play That Game
Director: Mark Brown
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5-0 out of 5 stars Do you Believe Your Boyfriend, Husband, Girlfriend....!
Two Can Play At That Game is a very interesting movie. Whoever says this movie isn't funny hasn't been in a relationship before. Point Blank. Through each characters strategic tactics I see myself. I say holdup hold up ...I ve done that before. Anthony Anderson basically makes this movie though. This man is too funny. He emphasizes the important words in the sentence to get his point across and his voice makes it hilarious. This is his best acting performance. Vivica Fox gives women a few unnecessary pointers ( from a man's perspective at least ) but she does keep it real. Morris Chestnut does excellent as well. The movie is fast paced as Vivica Fox and Anderson each play their cards at the situation they are given. They play it like a chess game and the 'rules' are funny at times. The girlfriends (Tamala Jones, Wendy Racquel Robinson and MoNique )really act like real friends and they have good chemistry together. The movie wasn't too long and didn't bore me to death as most love stories do.

When I first saw it I couldn't really understand why Morris Chestnut was moping around. 'I'm not gonna call, I already called twice, can't be desperate" lol. I was like man if you don't quit b!tchin...But then I remembered that Vivica Fox is finer than a mutha. I'm surprised he didn't cry. Shante takes him through a grueling three day process where she hardly even speaks to him and breaks up with him. The only useless day was day six. There was no purpose for it. The funniest part is at the end when she expects him to be at her house waiting on her with flowers. I could have told her beyotch please that aint gonna happen. And then when he didn't show it was just hilarious. I was like "ahhh that shhh didn't work" and then five seconds later she's like "I know what ya thinking...the shhh didn't work" By then I was on the flo rolling. It was so funny.

The good thing about this movie is that actors really seemed like they enjoyed playing the roles. The movie is fast, fun, lighthearted, and entertaining. A nice classic chill out movie. The narrating didn't bother me at all. I recommend seeing this film.

5-0 out of 5 stars It Someone Hiding Something From You....?
Two Can Play At That Game is a very interesting movie. Whoever says this movie isn't funny hasn't been in a relationship before. Point Blank. Through each characters strategic tactics I see myself. I say holdup hold up ...I ve done that before. Anthony Anderson basically makes this movie though. This man is too funny. He emphasizes the important words in the sentence to get his point across and his voice makes it hilarious. This is his best acting performance. Vivica Fox gives women a few unnecessary pointers ( from a man's perspective at least ) but she does keep it real. Morris Chestnut does excellent as well. The movie is fast paced as Vivica Fox and Anderson each play their cards at the situation they are given. They play it like a chess game and the 'rules' are funny at times. The girlfriends (Tamala Jones, Wendy Racquel Robinson and MoNique )really act like real friends and they have good chemistry together. The movie wasn't too long and didn't bore me to death as most love stories do.

When I first saw it I couldn't really understand why Morris Chestnut was moping around. 'I'm not gonna call, I already called twice, can't be desperate" lol. I was like man if you don't quit b!tchin...But then I remembered that Vivica Fox is finer than a mutha. I'm surprised he didn't cry. Shante takes him through a grueling three day process where she hardly even speaks to him and breaks up with him. The only useless day was day six. There was no purpose for it. The funniest part is at the end when she expects him to be at her house waiting on her with flowers. I could have told her beyotch please that aint gonna happen. And then when he didn't show it was just hilarious. I was like "ahhh that shhh didn't work" and then five seconds later she's like "I know what ya thinking...the shhh didn't work" By then I was on the flo rolling. It was so funny.

The good thing about this movie is that actors really seemed like they enjoyed playing the roles. The movie is fast, fun, lighthearted, and entertaining. A nice classic chill out movie. The narrating didn't bother me at all. I recommend seeing this film

4-0 out of 5 stars O.k.
This movie was O.K. Good for having professional blacks, but bad for having them with stupid attitudes. Yet, there were some funny scenes (Anthony Anderson). I give it a 4 star because of Morris Chestnut and his fine, chocolate self.

5-0 out of 5 stars Two Can Play That Game
This is perhaps the best romantic comedy I've ever seen. Vivica's character catches her man out on the dance floor when he said he'd be working late. He explains but she's determined to keep him in line by punishing him. It's hilariously funny and very romantic. A must see!

3-0 out of 5 stars hmmmmmm!
i guess ill give it 3 stars. the preview for this movie looked really good! but the movie did not match i dont think it was horrible, but it was not the hilarious wonderful movie i was expecting. i think those kind of misleading previews can really kill a movie. it was ok, but ill probably never watch it again even though morris chestnut is in it. some of it was funny but not really funny and alot of it just wasnt funny. maybe if i didnt expect so much from it i would have liked it more. ... Read more


7. Under Siege 2: Dark Territory
Director: Geoff Murphy
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The success of Under Siege made a sequel mandatory according to Hollywood's rules of maximum revenue, and as sequels go, this one's not half bad. Steven Seagal returns as former Navy SEAL and skilled chef Casey Ryback, who's trying to spend quality time with his niece on a cross-country train trip. But as luck and action-movie formulas would have it, the train has been hijacked by a demented genius (Eric Bogosian) who is using the train as a moving platform to seize computerized control of a top-secret U.S. satellite that is capable of causing earthquakes from space. Seagal has to stop the train or the villain (whichever comes first), and the action is fast and furious on its way to a high-speed climax. He's not as wacky as Tommy Lee Jones in the first Under Siege, but Bogosian has got a delirious quality that serves the comic-book plot, and action fans get more than their fill of dazzling stunts and special effects. --Jeff Shannon ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A spectacular sequel to an action classic!
And this is a rare thing . . . a sequel that's just as superb as the original. Steven Segal is the cook again, and he boards the Grand Continental luxury express train with his niece. But trouble brews . . . a group of terrorists led by a disgruntled ex-CIA operative hijack the train to take control of a covert space satellite weapons platform, holding the passengers hostage and blackmailing the Pentagon and others into paying a huge ransom. And, of course, ex-Navy SEAL Casey Ryback(SEGAL) goes into action to stop the terrorists from causing a nuclear attack on the Pentagon with the space weapon. OK, the plot is mind candy, but this movie delivers some stunning action scenes and speeds along with a great sense of urgency as it thrills! The DVD enhances the enjoyment big style as the action comes across as more explosive, the sound effects will rock your living room! The cinematography is also nice to look at - great scenery and train footage for any railroad buffs(like me) watching. Also, if one looks at the film's climax, one could say it was inspired by a brilliant 1976 movie called THE CASSANDRA CROSSING, which I would also strongly recommend. But as far as UNDER SIEGE 2 goes, nobody beats Steven Segal in the kitchen!

3-0 out of 5 stars I've seen it, now give it a rest!
I've always put off watching Steven Seagal movies, due to the fact that they've never really appealed to me. But after a lot of persuasion (arm being twisted up behind your back, you know, the usual), and being told to wait outside until the menus etc had passed, the start credits of the movie was met with a big "oh no!"

It doesn't really make that much sense to watch a sequel, when you haven't seen the original, so lets not go there.

The first thing I thought about this movie was that it had similarities to True Lies. In True Lies, it was Arnie-baby trying to rescue his daughter (Eliza Dushku) from the hands of an evil tyrant. In Under Seige 2, it's Steven Seagal trying to rescue his niece (Katharine Heigl). But apparently, it's just a coincidence that these two films are similar.

Eric Bogosian didn't really come across as your typical bad guy, which I thought was quite good. He looks like a wimp, one of those guys who sits staring at his computer, day in, day out. And the mop-top of curly hair just added to the whole effect.

Steven Seagal doesn't seem your typical action hero either. He doesn't seem to have the muscles that Arnie flexes constantly, nor does he have the drop dead gorgeous looks. (I'm not saying that Arnie's drop dead gorgeous, I'm just - oh never mind) Maybe he would appeal to me more if he cut off that silly ponytail (give me a pair of scissors, I'll do it gladly) and toned up a bit. And he's so deadpan! Imagine someone Botoxed up to the eyeballs, and you'll have Steven Seagal. He shows no emotion either in any of his scenes, and manages to break guys necks left, right and centre quite convincingly. In that way, he's good as the good guy. He gets rid of the bad guys, each time in a different way - although he does break three guys necks. He does set a couple of people on fire.

What I also noticed is that at the end, like True Lies, when the girl originally hated her dad/uncle, she's now all over him like a rash.

It's a shame that Peter Greene - aptly named "Mercenary #1" - has to die in this movie (one of the three who gets their neck broken). He always seems to play the bad guy, and whereas he is quite nice looking, it must be his looks that make him bad guy material.

Overall, it was an OK film, if not a little long between action scenes. Thankfully, none of it follows on from the first, so it's not like you're watching a sequel that you have to have seen the first, to understand the second. But unlike some people, I won't be going all out, and buying the Steven Seagal doll (sorry, it's NOT an action figure). When a film get released, it can sometimes have "action figures" to accompany the movie. So why was there never one to accompany The Matrix? I want to play with Keanu :) Shame it's all plastic, au naturel is so much better.

3-0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Obligatory Sequel
If Under Siege (US) is Die Hard on a boat, than Under Siege 2 (US2) is Die Hard on a big fancy train. US2 could also be accurately titled Under Siege Lite. A perfunctatory, though blessedly unpretentious, cashing on the success of its predecessor. The cast isn't nearly as star studded this time around and the whole production seems a bit flat. Siegal is even more blank-faced as usual as he methodically wittles away at the horde of bad guys. Siegal utilizes every possible way to kill a person in close quarters combat and then there's the inevitable explosion and the movie ends just like that.

4-0 out of 5 stars NOT AS GOOD AS UNDER SIEGE 1, BUT...
THIS TIME, A TRAIN IS HIJACKED AND IT'S UP TO CASEY [STEVEN SEAGAL] TO SAVE THE HOSTAGES. WHILE NOT AS GOOD AS ITS PREDECESSOR, IT STILL DELIVERS NONSTOP EXCITEMENT. IT'S JUST TOO BAD THAT THIS MOVIE DOSEN'T HAVE A VILLAIN LIKE TOMMY LEE JONES. BUT STILL, THAT DOESN'T STOP THIS MOVIE FROM BEING A THRILL RIDE. AGAIN, SEAGAL FANS SHOULD BE THRILLED BY THIS MOVIE.

3-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
There are action movies (Schwartzenneger) and then there are Steven Seagal movies. Seagal's movies are nothing fancy. They aren't really there to make you think (although Seagal occasionally explores some right on themes like the problems facing Native Americans and the environment)in a way he's a modern day Billy Jack you might say. But one thing you can always count on with a Steven Seagal movie is even when its bad its kind of good. Generally he has great actors in his films and this one isn't an exception to that rule (i.e. Morris Chestnut, Eric Bogosian) and he always throws in some very likeable characters. And then of course there is his martial arts skills which are pretty top notch considering. This is the sequel to the very successful and superior Under Siege. But this film ain't half bad. I love the train setting. And the shootouts are pretty tight. The only really weak link to this film is the complete implausibility of the plotline. Even for most action films this one is way out there in terms of something that could possibly happen in real life. Watch the film if you're a die hard action film fan. Don't watch it if you're looking for high action art like say Terminator, Robocop, True Lies or anything remotely like that. As I said before there are Schwartzenneger films and there are Steven Seagal movies. ... Read more


8. The Inkwell
Director: Matty Rich
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5-0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
This is a good movie. I never even heard of Matty Rich, and was unaware of the movie altogether until stumbled across it this year. I was thoroughly impressed with the performances of Larenz Tate and Jada Pinkett Smith.

As an aspiring writer myself, I look forward to hearing a lot more from Mr. Rich in the nearing future. I thought the film was well developed, with a believable plot, and excellent development of character. I also enjoyed the fact that the character in which Mr. Tate was sheltered about a lot of things that in today's society is considered the norm for some minorities. I appreciated that because in a society of where today's youth are so bombarded with so many different things, and it is progressively getting worse as of this writing, it is good to have African Americans portrayed in roles that are less than the norm.

I applaud Mr.Rich for his creativity and for gleaning on events that somehow magnificently pulled this incredible movie together.

4-0 out of 5 stars Summer of '76
The comparisions to "Summer of '42" are inevitable. But aside from the coming of age story of both films, they are completely different. The "Inkwell" is essentially a Shaggy Dog tale that flows nicely from beginning to end. Give credit for Matty Rich's abililty to create an authentic '70's atmoshphere with the use of very little of that era's well known music ("Dancing Machine" and "Let's Get It On" are the only two). ...

4-0 out of 5 stars What Hostile Reviews!
How often dow we see movies about a teenage brother's coming of age that aren't violent or gang-related? Matty Rich(whatever he's doing now) did a superb job directing this film about an awkward teen vacationing with his parents in Martha's Vineyard visiting his well-to-do relatives.
He falls for the snot-nose Lauren who uses him to get back at her boyfriend who dropped her. Meanwhile he is also looking out for a married woman whose husband is cheating on her with other women.
It's a movie about growing up and what it means to be a person. Do all black movies have to be based on gang warfare and lewed sexual conduct?

3-0 out of 5 stars I liked it
This was an interesting little flick about a troubled teen who escapes with his feuding parents to Martha's vineyard for a
mini-vacation after he nearly burns down the house. "The Inkwell" is the Black section of Martha's Vineyard. Set in the '70s,
this is a retro film that evokes a real sense of the period.

Granted, this movie does have its weak points, but I thought the overall product was not bad. Larenz Tate has proven himself
to be a chameleon morphing from a psychopath killer in "Menace to Society" to this odd character and then later becomes a
suave wordsmith in 1997's "Love Jones." He does well in this coming-of-age flick that explores a little shown facet of black life -- the upper middle class. Though the relatives who owned the house on the Vineyard seemed a little pretentious at first (Glynn Turman and Vanessa Bell Calloway), we see that they honestly love their family. Even the brother-in-laws with the conflicting political views (Republican Vs Black Panther) manage to make peace with each other in the end.

Drew (Larenz Tate) really was a weird character, but at least the role was a departure from the black male stereotype of the
cool thug. At least Matty Rich was not afraid to take a chance here with a different type of lead character. Jada Pinkett was
very good here as the spoiled rich girl who wraps the poor, socially-inept Drew around her little finger. And although his role was minor, Morris Chestnut was a convincing (and foine!) philanderer.

My one major complaint is with the mother daughter conflict. Although the two make up in the end, you never really knew what
they were beefing about. That could have been fleshed out a little more, but I liked that this movie was about a family trying to reconnect with each other. And I also liked that the characters were not total stereotypes. If only more Black filmmakers would take risks instead of giving us the same tired story again and again.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not bad period flavor, but YECHHH!
Being that I was 12 during the Summer of 1976 when this film took place, I'll agree that they got some of the period flavor of the era correct (outrageously fake afros aside), but this movie stinks to high heaven as a whole. Not only for the atrocious acting and meandering story, but for the ending with the father (Glynn Turman)congratulating his young teenaged son for bedding down a GROWN MARRIED WOMAN!? What kind of MESS is that to show in this day and age? This one needs to be outta here like "London After Midnight!" ... Read more


9. Anacondas - The Hunt for the Blood Orchid
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Five classic movies from Ray Harryhausen in a stunning collector's box. JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS: Nancy Kovack, Todd Armstrong, Gary Raymond, Honor Blackman; SEVENTH VOYAGE OF SINBAD, THE: Kathryn Grant, Kerwin Mathews, Torin Thatcher; GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD, THE: Caroline Munro, John Phillip Law, Tom Baker, John Garfield; SINBAD AND THE EYE OF THE TIGER: Taryn Power, Patrick Wayne, Jane Seymour; 3 WORLDS OF GULLIVER, THE: Jo Morrow, Kerwin Mathews, June Thorburn, Lee Patterson ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars ANACONDAS
I LOVE CREATURE FEATURES. THE FIRST WAS PRETTY GOOD. THIS ONE LOOKS LIKE LAKE PLACID MEETS DEEP BLUE SEA.

1-0 out of 5 stars This Is Gonna Be A Flop!!!!
This movie right here is gonna be one of the worst movies I think I have seen in a while. I mean c'mon people the first movie was stupid, pointless, and just flat out gay. Espically when you have the people playing in the first one like they did, that is and was a total reach. This movie isnt gonna be any better, in fact it will probably be worse, I watched the trailer for it the other day and everybody was like ooooo ahhhh im just like ohhhh god kill me now this is gonna be stupid. August looks like it has some great kick ass movies commin out such as Alien Vs Predator then they come out with this horrendous sherade and it just kills it. I'll probably go see it because I work in a movie theater and I'll get to see it for free the night before the movie is actually released but I will probably end up doing the same thing I did when watching Van Helsing....LEAVE 35 minutes into it ... Read more


10. G.I. Jane
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It seemed like a pretty good career move, and for the most part it was.Demi Moore will never top any rational list of great actresses, but as her career stalled in the mid-1990s she had enough internal fire and external physicality to be just right for her title role in G.I. Jane. Her character's name isn't Jane--it's Jordan O'Neil--but the fact that she lacks a penis makes her an immediate standout in her elite training squad of Navy SEALs. She's been recruited as the first female SEAL trainee through a series of backroom political maneuvers, and must prove her military staying power against formidable odds--not the least of which is the abuse of a tyrannical master chief (Viggo Mortensen) who puts her through hell to improve her chances of success. Within the limitations of a glossy star vehicle, director Ridley Scott manages to incorporate the women-in-military issue with considerable impact, and Moore--along with her conspicuous breast enhancements and that memorable head-shaving scene--jumps into the role with everything she's got. Not a great movie by any means, but definitely a rousing crowd pleaser, and it's worth watching just to hear Demi shout the words "Suck my ----!!" (rhymes with "chick"). --Jeff Shannon ... Read more


11. Half Past Dead
Director: Don Michael Paul
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Despite critical roasting and a blink-and-you-missed it theatrical release, Half Past Dead is surprisingly not half bad. Once you recognize this bastard child's recent action-flick heritage (The Rock being the most obvious of a dozen pilfered plot lines), you can kick back and enjoy the unexpected perks that arise when a deep-cover FBI sleuth (Steven Seagal) accompanies a convicted crook (rapper Ja Rule) into "New Alcatraz" prison. A death-row killer (Bruce Weitz) sits on a $200 million goldmine, keeping his secret as a bargaining chip when criminal commandos (led by the ever-cool Morris Chestnut) drop in for a lethally greedy raid. After cutting his teeth on trashy, short-lived TV series, director Don Michael Paul can't do much to help the puffy, career-tanking Seagal, but he's got lively allies in Ja Rule and alleged "has-been" Nia Peeples (forget Lara Croft, this babe rocks), and even legendary action-TV producer Stephen J. Cannell drops in for a cameo. Derivative from the get-go, but fun just the same. --Jeff Shannon ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Not half bad...
Half Past Dead, is a reasonably entertaining, comic book level, action flick. While no masterpiece, it does have its moments, and some pleasant surprises. Action veteran Steven Seagal heads a diverse cast, and though we don't see too much of his trademark fighting style, he delivers a solid performance, with perhaps a bit more depth of character than usual.

Seagal is Sasha Petrosevitch, an undercover FBI agent, working to gain the confidence of Nick, a big time car thief, played by rapper Ja Rule. After a confrontation with the FBI, both men are incarcerated on Alcatraz. Bruce Weitz (Hill Street Blues) is Lester McKenna, a prisoner who has stolen and hidden 20 million in gold bullion. On death row, he is about to be executed, when the prison is invaded by the "49ers", a group of criminals who want McKenna to reveal the gold's location. Morris Chestnut is Donnie Johnson (49er One), the group's charismatic and ruthless leader. His second in command is 49er Six, played with style and panache, by the explosive and sexy Nia Peeples. Johnson's plans need to be adjusted, when the inmates get involved.

Actor/Writer/Director Don Michael Paul provides an informative commentary that stresses and details, the trials and tribulations of bringing this low budget production to the screen. Paul's screenplay was originally written years before, but was shelved because of similarity to Jerry Bruckheimer's film, "The Rock". Rewritten to incorporate modern elements of hip-hop culture, Paul explains that his goal was to produce a fast paced film, with a stylized music video vibe. His big screen directorial debut was filmed primarily in Berlin, shortly after the 9/11 incident. Despite the monetary difficulties, the film delivers some decent action scenes, with enough of a plot to hold things together. Rated PG-13, it contains massive amounts of gunfire and violence, punctuated by a rap and metal soundtrack.

Ja Rule's performance is quirky, and he does a passable job in his action scenes. Morris Chestnut makes an eloquent and intelligent villain. Linda Thorson, as a Supreme Court Judge, and Bruce Weitz, are not bad. Supporting characters played by Claudia Christian, Tony Plana, and the rapper Kurupt, are less developed and more one-dimensional.

Nia Peeples is a suprisingly impressive bad girl. Costumed in a tight black outfit, her look combines elements from The Crow, and The Matrix. Peeples looks great carrying a gun, and performs most of her own fight scenes. Her background as a dancer is put to good use, as her flashy fighting style primarily features kicking and jumping, bringing an edge to the proceedings.

As for Steven Seagal, this film, like Exit Wounds, seeks to build some ties with hip-hop culture. His character is troubled, reflective, and a bit restrained, taking the back seat at times to others. He doesn't engage in much hand to hand, and editing makes his fight scenes flow. Those looking for old school Steven, may be disappointed, but the reality is that time catches up with all of us. Nonetheless, Seagal carries the film, making it an enjoyable and entertaining escape for action film aficionados.

5-0 out of 5 stars Seagal's Career
The title of the movie does not refer to Seagal's career. Those mean critics need to go away! "Half Past Dead" stars Steven Seagal as Sascha Petrosevitch, an undercover agent who goes into Alcatraz by mistake? Who knows. Nick (Ja Rule) tells him to say, 'ay-eet' not 'aight.' Get it right lordage. They are imprisoned in the New Alcatraz where a band of criminals break into the prison to find two million dollars of U.S. gold. Ok? Who cares. All that should matter to a fan of Steven Seagal's is that he takes care of business. Major flippage. One person must've flipped four times in the air before hitting the ground. Pure ability. How can that helicopter hold so much weight? Nia Peeples can kick some rear after working with Chuck Norris on "Walker, Texas Ranger." That bellboy from "Under Siege 2: Dark Territory" is back and plays an over-the-top mastermind. Yes, Seagal's presence is enlightening to everybody in the room. I liked how Kurupt took matters into his own hands and jumped off the third floor without a rope, 'comprende this!' This movie is comedy. Lordage.

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent
this movie i would say is excellent. since this movie has alot of action.

5-0 out of 5 stars great movie
thsi was such a great movie. since this movie is action packed.

5-0 out of 5 stars da best
this is by far the best movie i have ever seen. since this movie has great acting. ... Read more


12. Like Mike
Director: John Schultz
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4-0 out of 5 stars Not bad
I admit this movie wasn't an epic, it was really predictable and not the funniest movie I've ever seen, but never the less, I enjoyed it.

14 year old 4 ft 9 orphan, Calvin Cambridge (Lil Bow Wow) is a die-hard basketball fan and finds that he can shoot hoops like a pro thanks to a pair of sneakers that may have once belonged to Michael Jordan.

Youngsters will still enjoy watching teen rapper Lil' Bow Wow literally beating the grown-ups at their own game.

Signed up by the Los Angeles Knights, a struggling outfit whose boss (Levy) believes a kid on the bench will boost ticket sales, our hero finds himself lodging with star player Tracey Reynolds (Chestnut), who is less than welcoming to his new roommate.

At the same time he must deal with his scheming guardian, Bittleman (Glover), who makes life a misery for Calvin's fellow orphans, Murph ("Stuart Little" star Lipnicki) and Reg (Song).

Combining lively courtside action with a pleasingly Dickensian story, "Like Mike" is a fantasy fable that should keep everyone in the family entertained.

5-0 out of 5 stars Like Mike
Like Mike is a great Father and Son Movie everyone could enjoy and relate to.The Movie tells a story about Calvin Cambridge(Lil Bow Wow)Who is a orphan and is looking for the perfect family.One day He stumble upon some shoes which was once worn by a really famous Basketball inside the shoes it features the initials MJ he then realize that famous Basketball player shoes belong to Michael Jordan.One day Calvin wears the shoes and goes to a Los Angeles Knights Game.While at the game he wins a chance to go one on one with Tracey Reynolds(Morris Chestnut)of the Los Angeles Knights.He wins the one on one match up with Tracey thanks to his MJ'S now Calvin Cambridge gets to play in The NBA With the LA Knights.I like this movie a lot because I saw the relationship betweeen Tracey and Bow wow build up in this film And at the end I almost cry because The Moment felt so emotional and well there isn't another word to describe it(And I'm not telling you the ending of the Movie).GO SEE LIKE MIKE A great Family film everyone will love they'll laugh and they'll cry in certain parts of the movie.

1-0 out of 5 stars only made to boost lil bow wow's ego!
this movie has NO CLIMAX what so ever! this movie was made ONLY to make lil bow wow better than eveyrone else in the planet! if allen iverson wasnt in the movie, i wouldnt have rented this. warning: SPOILER! ok in the movie, lil bow wow finds magical shoes, he joins the NBA, although he gets to be a player, hes not happy until he can CONTROL his coach, and make up his own plays. he is also an orphan, who wants to be adopted by a good family. so he gets adopted by the lovely BOYDS, BUT lil bow wow is REALLY REALLY VERY SPOILED! so although he has a loving family, he wants to get adopted by his idol tracy renalds. throughout the movie he's never faced an actual challenge. in the entire NBA, no one was a challenge for him, everytime he shoots, the ball goes in, he can dunk anywhere and over anyone. the shoes make him INVINCEABLE LITERALLY! what a boring movie! no climax? every movie should have at least TWO climaxes! movie was just a ego booster for the spoiled brat lil bow wow.

1-0 out of 5 stars WOW! THIS IS AMAZING!!!! :-D :-D :-D
I never thought I'd say this, but today "Home Alone 4" has actually LEFT MY DVD PLAYER for the first time EVER!!!! And I replaced it (temporarily) with LIKE MIKE! This movie is WONDERFUL with a CAPTIAL w! YAY!

The movie is so light, pointless, dull, and annoying (the only way movies should be made! :-D), that me, Sethy, Corey, and Tony love it! It's about Little Bow Wow (whom we love at my daycare in pennsylvnia *!!!*) finding magic shoes and becoming like Mikey Jordan! He runs and flies through the air like a trapeze artist!!!! And after all, SPECIAL EFFECTS make movies, not dialogue or plot, which is why this movie is soooo much better than that awful, disturbing, scary "Taxi Driver" movie. YIPES!!!

I would've given this movie more stars, but Eugene Leeevy is in it, and he was also in American Pie, where he was very offensive and caught his boy doing some awful awful things to a poor, helpless pastry. OH MY GREAT GOLLY GOSH! But I recommend Like Mike!!! I WANNA BE LIKE MIKE TOO!!! Hehe!

Your pal, Mervie!

4-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Movie For Kids!
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13. Boyz 'N the Hood
Director: John Singleton
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4-0 out of 5 stars A POWERFUL AND INFLUENTIAL MOVIE.
"Boyz 'N The Hood" is one of those movies that will touch you because of its realism and message. Also, it was a very influential movie, after this film appeared, a lot of similar movies came in; John Singleton directed a powerful film like if he was Spike Lee.

"Boyz 'N The Hood" tells the story of three black kids growing up in a dangerous neighborhood: Tre, Ricky and Doughboy; each one of the three kids is very different from the other, but they love and respect each other. The second part of the movie shows the kids now as teenagers: Tre (Cuba Gooding Jr.) and Ricky (Morris Chestnut) about to graduate from high school, and Doughboy (Ice Cube) as a trouble teen with gangster attitude. Tre is being educated by his father (Laurence Fishburne), Ricky is about to get chosen by a college due to his football abilities, and Doughboy along with other friends is about to choose the path of a gangster. But a tragedy will interrupt the life of one of this boys, and the rest must choose: get revenge and ruin their lives or go on with their lives.

The realism of "Boyz 'N The Hood" may be its best quality, all the performances are very good, with young talents that later would be famous. Once in a while is good to see this kind of movie, don't limit yourself to popcorn movies. Go see "Boyz 'N The Hood".

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Most Powerful Films Ever.
Boyz N the Hood was and still is one of the most powerful movies I've ever seen. Shot entirely in South Central LA to present the movie as realistic as possible. The movie debuted in theater back in 1991 and had an immediate impact on almost everyone who viewed it.

The story about 3 friends growing up in the hood in South Central LA. Each one with their own individual struggle and goals in life. Doughboy (Ice Cube) ,who is a drug dealer, has been in and out of trouble throughout his young life and seems to be happy with his surroundings. Doughboy's brother Ricky (Morris Chestnut) a teenage father with bright hopes and aspirations of becoming an NFL football player ; and Ricky's best friend Tre (Cuba Gooding Jr.) who hopes and dreams of higher education and an escape from the dwelling of the hood. "The Hood" where saying the wrong thing or looking at someone the wrong way can end in death. Tre's father (Larry Fishburne) is a responsible, educated and strict father who makes sure his son stays on the right track in achieving his goals in life. Teaching him about responsibility and keeping your cool in adverse situations in order to make a thoughtful descision. Tre's resolve will be tested when tragedy strikes close to home and revenge and murder seem like the only solution.

Fantastic direction by John Singleton and equally impressive acting by all characters are the reason Boyz N the Hood was such a huge success. It was nominated for two acedemy awards (Direction and Screenplay.) ... You have to see this one for yourself you won't be sorry.

5-0 out of 5 stars How to Survive in South Central.
South Central L.A.: Where murder rates are five times the nationwide average, or in absolute figures, double the entire U.S.'s death rate for breast cancer (L.A. Times, January 1, 2004.) Where "I'll have my brother shoot you" isn't just an empty threat, and guns are passed from one sibling to another when an older brother goes away to "do time." Where owning a gun is a means of self-protection even for those who've always stayed clear of gangs. Where "where ya' from?" is an inquiry about gang membership, not geographic origin, and wearing the wrong colors can cause you to be "hit up;" resulting in violence, and more violence by way of retaliation. Where over the past 15 years the LAPD has accumulated a backlog of 4,400 unsolved homicides - roughly 3/4 of the city's total - because, as kids learn early, a bullet doesn't come with a name attached; and those who know the killer generally stay mum, either fearing reprisal or preferring to take care of their own, rather than leave justice to a police and a court system they've learned to mistrust anyway. And where crimes like burglary only merit police attention if something actually was stolen, and are quickly sidelined upon the officers' summons to another murder scene.

South Central L.A. is the home of Tre Styles (Cuba Gooding Jr.) and his friends, "Doughboy" and Ricky Baker (Ice Cube and Morris Chestnut). We first meet them at age ten, when Tre's mother (Angela Bassett) sends him to live with his father Jason, a/k/a "Furious" (Laurence Fishburne), who seems better equipped to raise a son in a neighborhood like this. When we see them again they're seventeen, Tre and Ricky about to graduate from high school, while Doughboy has already graduated - from shoplifting to guns and small-time drug deals. And while Furious guides Tre towards moral choices, responsibility and (self-)respect, Doughboy and Ricky are raised by a mother who lacks the wherewithal to steer them out of the ghetto. Yet, Ricky in particular is naively, fiercely resolved to make it out of there; with a football scholarship (provided his SAT scores are high enough) or if that fails, by joining the army. And in a poignant, spot-on conclusion it is ultimately Ricky who forces Tre and Doughboy to choose their own paths in life, to either be drawn into the ghetto's spiral of violence, or conquer their inner demons and extricate themselves from that vicious circle.

Upon this movie's 1991 release, several Los Angeles cinemas either refused to show it at all or hired extra security guards: That big, in a city that had recently seen the Rodney King beating, was about to be rocked by the Christopher Commission's scathing indictment of its police department, and was gearing up to the riots that would ravage its inner city the following spring, were fears of the reaction to John Singleton's partly autobiographical film. Yet, while "Boyz N the Hood" paints a starkly accurate picture of inner city life's daily realities, it in no way encourages violence - much to the contrary. That it's told from a profoundly "black" perspective is a given; and with that come charges that those of us with a more fortunate childhood often dismiss as the chip on many black people's shoulders (e.g. the notion that drugs, liquor and guns in the ghetto are tacitly encouraged by society's white-dominated ruling circles to keep inner-city minorities subdued). But while neither such charges nor their "white" response are the be-all and end-all of the problem, there is no question that drugs, alcoholism and guns are major issues in the 'hood, as are teen pregnancies and unemployment; and Singleton intelligently weaves all of these elements into a compelling picture.

Equally well-deserved as the praise for Singleton, who garnered Best Director and Best Screenplay Oscar nominations and several other distinctions, are the kudos to the movie's outstanding actors. Then-23-year-old Cuba Gooding Jr. came practically out of nowhere to give a fully accomplished, emphatic portrayal as Tre, caught between the lessons of ghetto life and those of his father. (Although this wasn't his first movie, he had never before appeared in a remotely as prominent role.) Morris Chestnut's naively determined football-hero-to-be Ricky is similarly compelling; and Laurence Fishburne noticeably didn't have to reach far for his "Furious" Styles: While based on Singleton's father, the role was created specifically with him in mind. So, reportedly, was Ice Cube's Doughboy; and he, too, is a perfect match, giving the teenage trio's most troubled member a depth clearly informed by his own South Central boyhood (although despite his songs' inflammatory lyrics, he himself stayed clear of gangs). Angela Bassett finally is the perfect foil for the movie's male characters, exemplifying a woman who through hard work gets as far out of the ghetto as conceivable and unlike her ex-husband doesn't avoid the moneyed upper-crust, but doesn't forget her origins, either (and is still perfectly capable of talking tough when challenged).

The movie's last words are Ice Cube's, both spoken as Doughboy and rapped in "How to Survive in South Central," underlying the closing credits. "Either they don't know, don't show or don't care what's going on [here]," Doughboy comments on a TV program about exotic faraway places he's seen shortly after experiencing the kind of violence that he knows will haunt him forever. And in his rap song, sarcastically premised on a guided tour to the "concrete Vietnam" South Central L.A. ("Have you witnessed a drive-by? Okay, make sure you have your camcorder ready!"), Ice Cube warns: "Rule number one: get yourself a gun ... 'cause jackers ... love to start [things]. Now, if you're white you can trust the police; but if you're black they ain't nothin but beasts. ... So don't take your life for granted, 'cause it's the craziest place on the planet ... This is Los Angeles." - "Boyz N the Hood" was released 13 years ago. It is as topical as ever.

5-0 out of 5 stars Remarkable Film From First-Time Director.
An exemplary directorial debut from John Singleton, who managed to create an American classic with his first effort.

As we follow Tre Styles from childhood toward becoming a young adult (as played effectively by Cuba Gooding, Jr.), and attempting to dodge, with the cautious guidance of his parents, the many dangers and risks associated with growing up in inner-city America, the sense of ever-present danger and, often, hopelessness associated with attempting to avoid falling into the cracks of society is abundantly clear.

In the role of Tre's troubled friend Dough Boy, Ice Cube is something of a revelation, and his balanced performance, alongside Singleton's excellent script, prevent him from becoming merely another gangster caricature. Lawrence Fishburne and Morris Chestnut add further depth to a strong cast.

All in all a very real, gritty depiction of the challenges faced at every turn by African American men and women in modern America. The building anger bristling beneath the surface in so many scenes is particularly resonant given the outburst of violence in the Rodney King Riots that took place in the very same city of the story just one year later.

The film spawned several 'urban gang flick' imitations in subsequent years, but most glorified violence and placed an emphasis on a loud soundtrack and sexual explicitness at the expense of strong plot-line, good character development and a serious social message. All three are to be found in Boyz N the Hood.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best
This movie really is one of the best movies ever infact I would call it the black GODFATHER wich is a very good thing to say it is just an excellent movie one of my favorite movies ever
Story 10 Acting 10 Direction 10 Action 10 Entertainment 10
Overall=50/50 This a perfect movie and a greatly directed movie with excellent performances by Cuba Gooding JR.-Laurence Fishburne and Ice Cube as Dough Boy I want to buy this one ... Read more


14. Breakin' All the Rules (Special Edition)
Director: Daniel Taplitz
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A hysterical comedy about a man who, after being unceremoniously dumped by his fiancée, pens a "how to" book on breaking up and becomes a best-selling author on the subject. Not wanting his male friends to suffer the same fate, he gives them advice on dumping their mates. What ensues is a hilarious comedy of errors and mistaken identities. Starring: Jamie Foxx (Ali, Any Given Sunday, Booty Call), Morris Chestnut (Half Past Dead, Two Can Play That Game, The Brothers), Gabrielle Union (Bad Boys II, Bring It On), Jennifer Esposito (Welcome to Collingwood, Master of Disguise), Peter MacNicol (TV’s "Ally McBeal"). ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A Breaking All the Rules Comedy!
To tell the truth, I enjoyed "Breakin' All the Rules." It is one of those romantic comedy where nobody knows who anybody else is, and you know that everything is going to be alright at the end. But sometimes that could be alright in the plot is good. That is exactly why this is a good movie. It has a good story, and it has alot of witty dialouge. It isn't a masterpiece, and it's not going to be on my Top 25 of 2004 list at the end of the year, but it is pretty good. Jamie Foxx is the star of the movie, and I never really saw him act before. I never saw his television show, or any of the movies that he made. He was good in this, and that could be a good sign for his next movie "Collateral" starring Tom Cruise.

Jamie Foxx plays Quincy Watson. He works with his cousin Evan at spoil magazine. Quincy gets a new job from his boss Philip, where he has to fire people. He gets dumped by his girlfriend on that night that he was going to propose to her, and that causes him to quit his job, because he realizes that getting dumped and firing people are one of the same. He insteads writes a book. A break-up handbook on how to do it, when to do it, where to do it, why to do it, etc. It is a bestseller, number one of the list, and soon he is being asked by Philip on how to break up with his girlfriend Rita, who married people for their money. Even then gets the idea that his girlfriend Nicky is about to break up with him, so he decides to have Quincy go to a specific place, and talk to her about him. He has never met her, and she got a haircut from the last time Even saw her, making her look like Halle Berry. Quincy talks to her, thinking she's somebody else, and the two start a relationship of some sort. Rita then finds out that Quincy is helping Philip break up with her, and she goes to his house, but finds Even there. She sleeps with Even thinking he's Quincy, in order to have him stop helping Philip, and the case of mistaken identies grows deeper.

There are so many movies that have the case of mistaken identity, but some how "Breakin' All the Rules" pulls it off. In the beginning, once Quincy writes his book, you get to hear lines from it, and advice from him. It is interesting to hear things like this, and the movie is filled with witty dialouge like this from start to end. "Breakin' All the Rules" was not a big hit at the box office, and it is just about out of theatres, but it is a sure fire hit on DVD. It was better seeing it in a movie theatre in front of an audience, but I wish that more formula comedies that come out are half as good as this was. This is the perfect kick off to the summer comedies after the terrible "New York Minute" and it is a remedy for those who aren't fans of action movies like "Van Helsing" "Troy" and "The Day After Tomorrow."

ENJOY!

Rated PG-13 for sexual material/humor and language.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fun movie to kick off the summer...
This was a cute romantic flick with some laughs here and there. Overall I'd recommend it to those who are not ultra critical of their movie choices... just go, relax, and enjoy the light-heartedness of the movie.

2-0 out of 5 stars Step Away From this Movie
I was greatly disappointed by this movie. It waste the talent of it's brightest stars such as Gabrielle Union and Morris Chestnut. The plot of this movie started great when the character Quincy played by Jamie Foxx is dumped by his girlfriend on the night he plans to announce their engagement. But from there The plot turns into a convulted mess. Gabrielle Union was the save of this movie. Which is sad really! She is such a amazing actress but Hollywood has yet to utilized her potential. Morris Chestnut plays Quincy cousin a player Who uses women for own selfish reasons. But here again an actor who was funny and wonderful in such movies as the Brothers and Two Can Play at This Game. Just was hanging by a slender thread. Jamie Foxx was very funny and clever but not enough to save this movie.

5-0 out of 5 stars gratest movie evar
this was the best movie i watched this year or maybe even my entire life. it was a good movie if you like action and movies. before this movie i wasn't very happy with any of the moives that were out there. this movie is well worth watching!

-w00+ peace to the broken crew ... Read more


15. Scenes of the Crime
Director: Dominique Forma
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3-0 out of 5 stars It's certainly different ...
While I am a great fan of Jeff Bridges, this movie fell short of his powerful acting abilities...yet intrigued me throughout.

So, how to describe this strange, convoluted film? There is a certain Tarantino-esque quality to the story line, which is revealed through bizaar actions and dialogue. I was involved in the film, and shocked by its sudden ending. Yet, what other ending would have been possible for the reluctant hero.

If you like the slow revelation of who is who, and why pieces fall as they do, then this is a good film for a rainy night. I'd say it's probably a "B-" film, but I do not feel as if I wasted my time watching it. Instead, I still think about the twists and the way all of the characters eventually came together.

Only three stars worth of fascination though.

Victoria Tarrani

4-0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile Character-Driven Thriller
Jon Abrahams is Lenny who's not really one of the bed guys except in very small time ways, doing the occasional driving job for some gangster types he knows. Then one day he finds himself in way over his head as everything goes very badly wrong. He is the guy driving the van when Rick (Peter Greene) kidnaps bigshot gangster Jimmy Berg (Bridges) at the orders of bigshot ganster Trevor who wants some leverage with Jimmy's partner bigshot ganster Steve. But then Steve's men catch them up and suddenly Rick is dead on the pavement leaving Lenny alone in the van with Jimmy as hostage, parked (illegally) out in a city street with Steve's men all around him armed to the teeth. This is naturally all rather stressful for the poor man. Jimmy seems all sweet and reasonable and insists that Lenny just has to let him go on his way and all will be well. But his henchmen, especially the main guy Seth, are just as scary as can be - so can Lenny really be sure they won't just casually waste him the moment their boss is safe? Tricky call. And then before long here is Trevor on the cellphone to Lenny telling him to be sure he doesn't let his prisoner go and clearly he's in trouble if he does. So now the challenge of figuring out who to trust and what in the world to do is getting desperate indeed...

It's a short film on a generally modest scale. It's nothing terribly special but it's certainly a very decent, nicely directed, intelligent, character-driven thriller well worth checking out. In its protracted focus on a single hopelessly pressured individual stuck in the middle of a city street waiting out a desperate situation and expecting to be shot at any second, it rather calls Schumacher's "Phone Booth" to mind but is a great deal better. The direction is taut, the intrigue and suspense nicely maintained. The nicest thing about it is the contrast, that so freaks Lenny out, between the apparently very nice and reasonable (Here, have some of my sandwich, trust me, I want to help you...) Jimmy, excellently played by Bridges, and the marvellously scary and unpleasant Seth, perfectly played by Noah Wyle, lurking outside the van with his creepy smile...

4-0 out of 5 stars Surprising Realism.
Based on a true story, the film speculates on the events of five murders that surrounded the kidnapping of an organized crime boss (Jeff Bridges). The kidnapping starts to go wrong, but is 'held together' by the innocent driver, despite his inexperience. It is obvious that the boy-driver is way out of his league, his new associates are professional criminals and killers, and it's curious that he's not 'taken out' from the beginning, but he's spared, and as a result of his choice to remain involved, his actions and inactions set off a series of unexpected circumstances.

This film has a surprising realism. Gangster films have almost become a single genre, and as viewers, we've been bombarded with that particular gangster 'type', and to a certain extent, have become desensitized to it. They're simply not dangerous anymore or don't evoke that needed fear and tension. In ~Scenes of the Crime~ these men came across to me as seriously dangerous, very dangerous; just to know these guys would be a liability. This is what made this film enjoyable, its decision to keep the story real and the actor's more than believable performances.

What this film lacks in big budget fanfare, it more than makes up in excellent directing, editing and great acting from the entire cast. ... Read more


16. Confidence
Director: James Foley
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4-0 out of 5 stars "Sometimes, Jake, style can get you killed...."
Confidence, is a nifty entry in the grifters/caper flick that should please the many fans of that genre (I'm one, and I enjoyed it). Edward Burns has the lead in a terrific cast as Jake Vig, master Confidence man and the brains behind a veteran team of con-men who must pull off a difficult sting to extricate themselves from the wrath of a gangster played with sly nastiness by Dustin Hoffman, who has already had a member of Jake's team killed.

Jake recruits the gorgeous Rachel Weisz to replace the murdered member of the team, and we get the planning and execution of the caper with, of course, snags, hitches,double & triple crosses. This one has its fair share of twists and turns and, of course, that is the fun in these types of films.

Full of snappy, smart-ass dialogue and with superb actors, like Hoffman and Andy Garcia, doing a lot with what are actually small supporting roles, director Foley keeps it tight and fast at 97 minutes.

In truth, my only complaint is that with such a great cast that includes: Paul Giamatti, Donal Logue, Luis Guzman, a completely wasted Robert Forster, plus, of course, Garcia, Weisz and Hoffman I only wished that the film was longer, had more plot and more for them all to do. Nevertheless, like a light and fast Mamet-style ensemble piece, this one entertained me all the way. Worth a look.

4-0 out of 5 stars Confidence-It's not about the money. It's about the money.
Confidence, a new con-caper from director James Foley and featuring an all-star cast is clever, funny and sophisticated. Edward Burns plays Jake Vig the handsome con man, the leader of so-called "professionals." Pulling off a con for these guys is a sinch or so it seems when Burn's men by accident steal money from the wrong guy, Winston King played by masterful Dustin Hoffman. Vig has two options, die or pull off the slickest and biggest con of his career. In the new pack he brings along a sexy con artist, Lily played by beautiful Rachel Weisz and his returning crew featuring Paul Giamatti, Brian Van Holt and Luis Guzman. Though Burns is in on some trouble because a Special Agent is on his tail played by Andy Garcia looking rather old with his beard.
Though Confidence has a great, intricate plot that perplexes, the film features many colorful characters, different in a unique way which makes the film even more watchable and interesting. The film is filmed in flashbacks in the sense that Burn's character is being held at gunpoint, which can be irritating at times. Though viewing this film is well worth the money, infact I bought it without seeing it and I enjoyed it very much. I wish I saw this one in theatres but oh well I'm glad I got to see it right away when it was released on Video and DVD.
Confidence is rated R for Language, Violence and Sexuality/Nudity. The language can be rather strong and excessive at times, the violence is understated, which includes some gunplay (usually bloody) and fistfights. The sexuality isn't explicit but it does contain reasonably strong sexual innuendo and partial nudity. I highly recommened this one.

4-0 out of 5 stars This Movie Rocks!
Speaking as a lady who loves " heist " and " con man " films, this is now on the top of my list. I've passed this DVD up tons of times in stores but tonight I saw the film on Cinemax and instantly fell in love with it. It has all the elements needed for a good thief/con man movie: the handsome, cocky con man, the beautiful sidekick, corny criminals, funny crooked cops, and a talented veteran actor like Dustin Hoffman. Though Hoffman's part is more like a cameo, he makes his mark and sets the tone for the entire movie. I am not going to go into long details since other reviewers were kind enough to give more information.

Just know that I fully recommend this movie! If you like films like Heat, City of Industry, The Heist, Safe Men and The Score, well Confidence is something you cannot pass up. I'm buying the DVD and you definitely should too.

3-0 out of 5 stars Too cleaver for its own good
It has style all right but the film lacks substance, and a likeable leading man. Ed Burns can be those things if he had a good script to work with but he character comes a cross as very unlikable though out most of the movie, and his voice overs lacks the intelligence of a man who knows what he is doing. Its not Burns fault at all but he comes across more like a street kid who grew up than a man who has his finger on the pulse of the con that he is trying to pull. Paul Giamati is fine but does the same stick he always does, and Andy Garcia lacks the charisma to pull off his role well. The real acting of this movie comes from Rachel Weisz, who is better than the material that is giving to her, and she proves that in spades by the way she makes you watch her every move. She was much more believable con artist than the card board cut outs that Ed Burns and his men were, and she would have made a much better lead in this film as well if the director and the screenwriter wanted to make a better movie. The other actor who gave a great performance was Dustin Hoffman, who does go over the top in certain scenes with his performance but never the less was a menacing force to be reckoned with. The script is a problem with cliches at every corner, and the ending is so predicable that you would be a fool not to be able to predict it.

My Hats off to Rachel Weisz and Dustin Hoffman for giving great performances but the movie as a whole is not worth your time.

The 3 stars is for them.

2-0 out of 5 stars Formulaic Con Movie Worth a Rent Maybe
I guess it all depends what you want to get out of it doesn't it? If you want to burn soem tiem watching a well-made con movie then this fits the bill. However if you need a little originality or spark then this will fall short. I found it enjoyable enough but it felt more like watching reruns of something you like than seeing soemthing new and amazing. It is so similar to other grift/con films that it is easy to get comfortable with it but also very hard to take it seriously. ... Read more


17. Two Can Play That Game / The Brothers
Director: Mark Brown
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Two Can Play That Game
In reducing the rules of romance to a 10-day plan for repairing a breakup, Two Can Play That Game tickles a few funny bones while "keepin' it real" about heartbreak and human behavior. Our hostess through this marathon of head games is 28-year-old Shanté (Vivica A. Fox--emphasis on the fox), who speaks to the camera so much that critic Roger Ebert nicknamed this movie "Waiting to Inhale." In a film packed with positive stereotypes (no crack-smoking gangstas here, thank you), she's a successful marketing executive, and her straying boyfriend is a high-profile attorney (Morris Chestnut). Their turbulent romance survives Shanté's 10-day power play, but not all viewers will be so lucky, since this movie is alternately charming and aggravating, and there's precious little romance while the lovers are plotting their moves. Still, it's a safe bet that many people will appreciate this movie's endearing lesson--namely, that sincere groveling can save you lots of time and heartache. --Jeff Shannon

The Brothers
Think of it as a male version of Waiting to Exhale. The Brothers similarly features four good friends who offer each other advice and support as they navigate the strange and treacherous waters of romantic relationships. Jackson (Morris Chestnut) is a doctor with serious commitment problems; he has dreams about a woman in a bridal gown aiming a gun at him. Brian (Bill Bellamy) is a lawyer with a caustic view of the opposite sex, inspired in large part by his untrusting and unaffectionate mother; he also has commitment problems. Upwardly mobile professional Terry (Shemar Moore) is a well-muscled womanizer who's finally decided to settle down, but as the wedding draws close it becomes clear that he, too, has commitment problems. Fortunately, the fourth member of the quartet, Derrick (D.L. Hughley), is married and devoted to his family--except that his wife refuses to engage in anything but straight missionary sex, which Derrick sees as manipulative. The Brothers depicts a glamorous world in which everyone is good-looking and well dressed; the number of characters makes it hard to delve into anyone's life with any depth, but the actors are engaging and the script makes an effort to look at the "battle of the sexes" from both sides. The immensely charming Gabrielle Union (from Bring It On) plays the girl who just might convince Jackson to give up his single ways. --Bret Fetzer ... Read more


18. Under Siege/Undersiege 2
Director: Geoff Murphy
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19. Breakin' All the Rules / Two Can Play That Game
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20. Breakin All the Rules/Baby Boy
Director: Daniel Taplitz
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