Lottery Ticket

  • Directors: Erik White
  • Producers: Mark Burg, Oren Koules, Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Matt Alverez
  • Writers: Screenplay, Abdul Williams, Story, Abdul Williams, Erik White
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Actors: Bow Wow, Brandon T Jackson, Naturi Naughton, Teairra Mari, Keith David, Charlie Murphy, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Terry Crews, Bill Bellamy, Mike Epps, T Pain, Loretta Devine, and, Ice Cube

The story follows Kevin Carson who has to endure a weekend in the projects battling opportunistic neighbors, all while holding a winning lottery ticket. Kevin Carson (Bow Wow), a young man living in the projects, wins $370 million in a nationwide lottery. When his opportunistic neighbors discover he has the winning ticket in his possession, Kevin must survive their greedy and sometimes even threatening actions over the 4th of July weekend before he can claim his prize.

I Can Do Bad All by Myself

  • Directors: Tyler Perry
  • Producers: Tyler Perry
  • Writers: Tyler Perry
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Actors: Taraji P Henson, Adam Rodriguez, Brian J White, Mary J Blige, Gladys Knight, Marvin Winans, and, Tyler Perry

April (Taraji P. Henson), a selfish alcoholic singer, is performing at a nightclub where she works. On the other side of town, Madea (Tyler Perry) and Uncle Joe (Perry) catch Jennifer (Hope Olaide Wilson), Manny (Kwesi Boakye), and Byron (Frederick Siglar) breaking into their house. After hearing the children’s troubles, Madea welcomes them and feeds them. Jennifer tells Madea that they’re living with their Grandmother who they have not seen in four days. They tell Madea that their only other relative is their aunt, April. April shares her home with her shady boyfriend, Randy (Brian J. White), who’s married with children. The next morning, Madea brings the kids to April’s house but April doesn’t want to be bothered. Meanwhile, Pastor Brian (Marvin Winans) sends a Colombian immigrant named Sandino (Adam Rodriguez) to her house for work and a place to stay. April puts Sandino in her basement and wants to lock him down there because she doesn’t know him that well. While working around the house, Sandino surprises April by cleaning himself up and becoming very handsome. When Randy arrives, he sees April with the kids and Sandino and heckles him while making makes subtle advances at Jennifer.

Shortly after, Pastor Brian and Wilma (Gladys Knight), a church member, comes to informs April that her mother died from a fatal brain aneurysm while riding on a bus. April is devestated by the news and seeks comfort from Randy, however he is sleeping and shruggs off April’s attempt to seek comfort. Later Sandino comforts April as she tells him about her mother’s death and the last time she spoke with her. Depressed, Jennifer goes to Madea wanting to know how to pray. However, Madea, inexperienced with prayer, attempts to instruct in a scene that plays out comically. The same night, Wilma sings “The Need to Be”, an uplifting song for women and Tanya (Mary J. Blige), the nightclub bartender, sings “I Can Do Bad”. After singing the song, Tanya is fed up with April’s attitude and tries to help her friend despite that she can’t help April if she can’t help herself. Over time, Sandino and April become friends and Sandino fixes a ruined bedroom in her house making Manny and Bryon happy expect Jennifer who feels April doesn’t want them there. While on a date, Sandino tells April he doesn’t understand why she is with Randy and askes if she loves Randy. He tells her what true loves is to him. One Sunday morning, Sandino eagerly knocks on April’s bedroom door to get April ready for church, but Randy threatens to kill Sandino if he continues to spend time with April.

Time passes and April and Sandino get married. They hold a block party for their reception with Tanya sings “Good Woman Down” dedicated to April with the new couple embracing each other.

Street Fighter The Legend of Chun Li

  • Directors: Andrzej Bartkowiak
  • Producers: Patrick Aiello, Ashok Amritraj
  • Writers: Justin Marks
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Kristin Kreuk, Chris Klein, Neal McDonough, Robin Shou, Moon Bloodgood, Josie Ho, Taboo, and, Michael Clarke Duncan

The movie opens with Chun Li narrating her experience growing up aspiring to be a concert pianist. As a child, she moves from San Francisco to Hong Kong with her family. There, along with piano, she learns Wushu from her father, Xiang, who is a well connected businessman. One night, her home is attacked by Bison and his henchman. Chun Li’s father fights them off until Balrog grabs a hold of a young Chun Li, forcing him to surrender. As Bison and his men are leaving with Xiang, Chun Li’s mother tries to stop them. Balrog just punches her.

Years later, Chun Li grows up and becomes a talented concert pianist. At the end of one of her concerts, she receives a scroll written in Ancient Chinese text. On her way home, she sees a mysterious homeless man getting assaulted by street thugs. After the thugs leave, Chun Li tends to him and notices a spiderweb tattoo on his hand. Meanwhile, Xiang is shown working for Bison as a prisoner. In return for his services, he is allowed to view pictures of his daughter all grown up. Back home, Chun Li’s mother finally loses her battle to cancer as Chun Li and her servants mourn her loss at a funeral.

Back home, Chun Li is settled down as Gen pays her a visit. He shows her an ad for a Street Fighter tournament, telling her about a Japanese fighter named Ryu. Chun Li declines, saying that she’s home for now.

True Blood

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  • Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
  • Actors: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Chris Bauer, Mehcad Brooks, Anna Camp, Nelsan Ellis, Michelle Forbes, Todd Lowe, Michael McMillian, Jim Parrack, Adina Porter, Carrie Preston, Michael Raymond James, William Sanderson, Deborah Ann Woll, with, Lynn Collins, Lizzy Caplan, and, Lois Smith, Stephen Root

Following the creation of synthetic blood, vampires have progressed from legendary monsters to fellow citizens overnight. Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) is a telepath and waitress at Merlotte’s in the small Louisiana town of Bon Temps, owned by Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell), a shapeshifter—though this secret is kept hidden. One night, Sookie meets Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), a handsome 173-year-old vampire who has returned to Bon Temps following the death of his last remaining relative. As she cannot hear his thoughts, she finds it easy to be in his company and over the first season, the two become romantically involved.

The main mystery of the first season concerns the murders of women connected to Sookie’s brother Jason (Ryan Kwanten). First Maudette Pickens, then Dawn Green, and Amy Burley, are all strangled shortly after having intercourse with Jason. Though the town sheriff suspects Jason is the killer, Jason and Sookie’s grandmother is murdered shortly afterwards. At the end of the season it is revealed that Arlene Fowler’s fiancee Rene Lenier is actually Drew Marshall with a fake Cajun accent, who has been killing women he considers vampire lovers.

In addition to the murders, the first season concentrates on Sookie’s relationship with Bill, and Sam’s relationship with Sookie’s friend, Tara. Bill explains the rules of being a vampire to Sookie and, after he finds himself killing a vampire to defend Sookie, he is forced to sire a young girl, Jessica, as punishment. In the last episode of the season, the new vampire is left with Bill. After Maudette and Dawn’s murders, Jason becomes addicted to vampire blood, “v-juice”, and has a short relationship with another addict, Amy, which ends when she is murdered by Drew. At the end of season one, Jason joins the anti-vampire movement Fellowship of the Sun and seems to be clean.

The second season has several overlapping plots. Lafayette is imprisoned by Eric, Jason joins the anti-vampire Church of the Fellowship of the Sun, and Maryann causes mayhem in Bon Temps. Meanwhile, Jessica inadvertently causes conflict between Sookie and Bill.

Obsessed

  • Directors: Steve Shill
  • Producers: George Flynn, Glenn S Gainor
  • Writers: David Loughery
  • Genres: Drama, Thriller
  • Actors: Idris Elba, Ali Larter, Bruce McGill, Scout Taylor Compton, with, Jerry O Connell, and, Christine Lahti

Derek (Idris Elba) is blissfully happy in his career, fatherhood and in his marriage to the beautiful Sharon (Beyoncé Knowles). But when Lisa (Ali Larter), a temp worker, falls madly in love with Derek and begins stalking him, all the things for which he’s worked so hard are placed in jeopardy.

Pineapple Express

  • Directors: David Gordon Green
  • Producers: Judd Apatow, Shauna Robertson
  • Writers: Story, Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Screenplay, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
  • Genres: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: Seth Rogen, James Franco, Gary Cole, Rosie Perez, Craig Robinson, Amber Heard, Kevin Corrigan, and, Danny R McBride

Dale Denton (Seth Rogen) is a 25-year-old process server who, in delivering a subpoena to drug lord Ted Jones (Gary Cole), witnesses Jones and his girlfriend, a corrupt police officer, Carol Brazier (Rosie Perez), commit murder. Dale panics and leaves a joint roach at the scene containing a rare strain of marijuana called Pineapple Express. Ted and Carol run outside to catch the witness, only to miss him. Ted picks up the roach and identifies it as the rare strain that he has only sold to one dealer. He sends his two henchmen, Budlofsky (Kevin Corrigan) and Matheson (Craig Robinson) to the dealer, Red (Danny R. McBride), who discloses that he has only sold this marijuana to Dale’s dealer, Saul Silver (James Franco).

Dale flees to Saul’s apartment in a panic because he doesn’t know where else to go. After a brief conversation Dale realizes Ted could trace the Roach back to Saul. They flee Saul’s apartment. Ted’s henchmen persuade Saul’s supplier, Red, to arrange a meeting between Red and Saul, but this fails because Dale and Saul spend the night in the woods. Matheson and Budlofsky learn Dale’s identity through Red.

Saul, Dale, and Red go to a diner for breakfast, reminisce about the events and bond, the film ends with them getting in “Bubbe’s” car to go to the hospital.

Soul Men

  • Directors: Malcolm D Lee
  • Producers: David T Friendly, Charles Castaldi, Steve Greener
  • Writers: Robert Ramsey, Matthew Stone
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Music
  • Actors: Samuel L Jackson, Bernie Mac, Sharon Leal, Sean Hayes, Affion Crockett, Adam Herschman, Mike Epps, with, Isaac Hayes, and, John Legend

Two former backup soul singers, Louis (Samuel L. Jackson) and Floyd (Bernie Mac) who have not spoken to each other in 20 years reluctantly agree to travel across the country together to a reunion concert to honor their recently deceased lead singer (John Legend). Cleo (Sharon Leal), a beautiful young woman in an abusive relationship, who is believed to be Floyd’s daughter accompanies them as a new singer. A few problems come their way involving Cleo’s wanna-be gangsta rapper boyfriend (Affion Crockett), Floyd’s fling with a white woman (Jennifer Coolidge) and a lot more leading up to their big performance at the Apollo Theater, and the two Soul Men reform a bond that they lost 20 years ago.

Beverly Hills Chihuahua

  • Directors: Raja Gosnell
  • Producers: David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, John Jacobs, Ricardo Del Rio
  • Writers: Analisa LaBianco, Jeffrey Bushell, Jeffrey Bushell
  • Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
  • Actors: Piper Perabo, Manolo Cardona, and Jamie Lee Curtis, with the voices of, Andy Garcia, George Lopez, Edward James Olmos, Eddie Piolin Sotelo, Cheech Marin, Loretta Devine, and, Drew Barrymore, as the voice of Chloe

Vivian Ashe (Jamie Lee Curtis) leaves her pet chihuahua Chloe (voice of Drew Barrymore) with her irresponsible niece Rachel (Piper Perabo) to watch the dog. However, when Rachel decides to go to Mexico with her friends, Chloe gets lost and bonds with Delgado (voice of Andy Garcia), a lonely German Shepard who used to be a police dog, and goes on the run from a ruthless Doberman called El Diablo (voice of Edward James Olmos). Meanwhile, Papi (voice of George Lopez), a hyperactive chihuahua who falls in love with Chloe, attempts to find his love in Mexico while El Diablo attempts to capture Chloe and get her colar to his owner, a dog fight ringleader.

Garfield

  • Directors: Peter Hewitt
  • Producers: John Davis
  • Writers: Joel Cohen Alec Sokolow, Jim Davis
  • Genres: Comedy, Family
  • Actors: Breckin Meyer, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Stephen Tobolowsky, and, Bill Murray

The story takes place in Chicago. It begins when Garfield who lives with Jon Arbuckle is a fat lazy cat (voiced by Bill Murray) who wakes up from a good night’s sleep and awaits a tasty breakfast. Jon is woken by the fat cat with a dogpile. After switching his liver flavored cat food with Jon’s corned beef hash, Garfield spots a pie outside on the neighbor’s window. He tricks the Doberman Pinscher Luca (voiced by Brad Garrett) in order to get the pie and tangling his leash around many bushes and ceramic ducks. He also tricks his dimwitted neighbor cat Nermal (voiced David Eigenberg) to tip over a milk bottle for Garfield’s breakfast.

After walking the cul-de-sac, Jon spots a mouse and counts on Garfield to get it. Garfield refuses and Jon runs after the rodent. He then trips on one of Garfield’s toys and says “What good is it to have a cat, if it can’t catch a mouse”. Garfield then runs outside and catches up to the mouse. The mouse turns out to be Garfield’s best friend and his name is Louis (voiced by Nick Cannon) and he was warned by Garfield that he should not run around the house when Jon is home. Jon walks out after Garfield and sees Louis in his mouth. Jon is proud of the tabby cat and when he leaves Garfield spits him out and spares his life. He only did it so Jon wouldn’t hurt him.

The film closes with Garfield singing and dancing to James Brown’s “I Got You (I Feel Good)”. He does a split and can’t get up.

Clear and Present Danger

  • Directors: Phillip Noyce
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  • Writers: Novel, Tom Clancy, Screenplay, Donald Stewart, Steven Zaillian, John Milius
  • Genres: Action, Thriller
  • Actors: Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, Anne Archer, Miguel Sandoval, Joaquim de Almeida, and, James Earl Jones

The film opens with a United States Coast Guard patrol boat stopping a suspicious yacht, finding that an American businessman and his family had been murdered by several men still operating the craft. The murdered man happens to have been a close friend of President of the United States. President Bennett (Donald Moffat) finds out that the man was murdered because of his ties to the Cali Cartel, having skimmed over $650 million from the Cartel for his own use. In his anger, the President tells James Cutter, his National Security Advisor, that the Colombian drug cartels represent “a clear and present danger” to the U.S., indirectly giving Cutter unofficial permission to take down the men responsible for his friend’s death.

Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford), meanwhile, is appointed Deputy Director (Intelligence) when his friend, mentor, and boss Admiral James Greer (James Earl Jones) is diagnosed with an aggressive, and ultimately fatal, case of pancreatic cancer. Upon his appointment, Ryan is asked to go before the United States Congress to request increased funding of $70 million for ongoing CIA intelligence operations in Colombia. Congress agrees to provide the funding, with Senator Mayo receiving Ryan’s word that “no troops” or black-ops will be used in Colombia. Needing to keep an unwitting Ryan out of the loop, Cutter turns to CIA Deputy Director of Operations Robert Ritter, who secures a document giving him permission to do what he sees fit to take down the cartel. Ritter then assembles a black-ops team with the help of John Clark (Willem Dafoe), a secret field operative. Clark and his team travel to Colombia and begin destroying the various Cartel gangs, their equipment and hidden drug lab facilities.

Back home, Ryan angrily confronts the President, who was indirectly responsible for all the carnage. The President smugly tries to convince Ryan that he now holds “a chip in the big game” â€” by being in the loop of what happened, Ryan can use the President for special favors, in return for keeping the debacle secret. The late Admiral Greer would be the scapegoat instead. Ryan is unable to bear dishonoring the black-ops team who died in the raid, the innocent civilians (whom Cutter called “collateral damage”) who died from the aerial bomb at the villa and the legacy of his mentor. He angrily tells the President that he intends to blow the whistle at a Congressional Oversight Committee session despite the damage it could do to his career, saying to the President, “Sorry I don’t dance”. He then walks out of the Oval Office, and the film ends with Ryan beginning his testimony to Congress.