Transformers

  • Directors: Michael Bay
  • Producers: Steven Spielberg, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Ian Bryce, Tom DeSanto, Don Murphy
  • Writers: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, John Rogers
  • Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, John Turturro, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Jon Voight, Anthony Anderson, Rachael Taylor, Peter Cullen, Hugo Weaving, Mark Ryan, Jess Harnell, Robert Foxworth, Charles Adler, Reno Wilson, Darius McCrary

The film opens with Optimus Prime, heroic leader of the benevolent Autobots, describing in a voice-over the shut down of the Transformers’ home world, Cybertron. It was destroyed by the malevolent Decepticon leader Megatron in his quest to get hold of the All Spark. The Autobots want to find the All Spark so they can use it to rebuild Cybertron and end the war between the Autobots and the Decepticons, while the Decepticons want to use it to obliterate the Autobots and take over the universe. Megatron had managed to locate the All Spark on Earth, but crash-landed in the Arctic Circle and froze in the ice. After stumbling upon his frozen body in 1897, explorer Captain Archibald Witwicky accidentally activated Megatron’s navigational system and his eye glasses were imprinted with the coordinates of the All Spark’s location, an incident that left him blind and mentally unstable. Sector 7, a secret government organization created by President Herbert Hoover, discovered the All Spark in the Colorado River and built the Hoover Dam around it to mask its energy emissions. The still-frozen Megatron was moved into this facility and was used to advance human technology through reverse engineering.

During the credits, Starscream—the only surviving Decepticon besides Scorponok—escapes into space.

Hustle Flow

  • Directors: Craig Brewer
  • Producers:
  • Writers: Craig Brewer
  • Genres: Crime, Drama, Music
  • Actors: Terrence Howard, Anthony Anderson, Taryn Manning, Taraji P Henson, Elise Neal, Isaac Hayes, with D J Qualls, and Ludacris, as Skinny Black

DJay is dissatisfied with his life. After acquiring a keyboard and reacquainting himself with an old friend from school, Key, who has become a sound technician, DJay decides to try making hip hop songs. Key and his sound-mixer friend Shelby help DJay put together several “flow” songs. While DJay quickly proves to have a real talent for lyrics, in which he expresses the frustrations of a small-time hustler struggling to survive, it is his first fixed-length song, done at the urging of these friends, which most obviously has the chance of becoming a hit and getting local radio play.

The group experiences many setbacks throughout the creative process. DJay must hustle those around him in order to procure proper equipment and recording time, and Key’s relationship with his wife becomes strained. DJay throws out one of his prostitutes for ridiculing his art. DJay’s pregnant prostitute Shug joins in the creative process, singing hooks, and the group eventually records several fixed-length tracks, including “Whoop That Trick” and their primary single “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp”. DJay begins to fall in love with Shug after their record is complete and he gives her a long passionate kiss before leaving to attend Skinny Black’s party.

DJay is arrested, but in prison he learns that his prostitute Nola has hustled the local radio disc jockeys into playing his songs, which have become local hits. The end of the film, in a bit of irony, sees a duo of prison guards who have their own rap group asking DJay to listen to their demo, much as DJay had approached Skinny Black. After the guards request DJay to listen to the demo, he accepts their tape and responds with the following: “You know what they say, everybody gotta have a dream,” which was the slogan for the film.

Big Momma s House

  • Directors: Raja Gosnell
  • Producers: David T Friendly, Michael Green, David Higgins, Jeff Kwatinetz, Martin Lawrence, Rodney M Liber, Arnon Milchan
  • Writers: Darryl Quarles, Don Rhymer
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Crime
  • Actors: Martin Lawrence, Nia Long, Paul Giamatti, Terrance Howard, Anthony Anderson, Ella Mitchell, Jascha Washington

The film opens in an illegal underground, dogfighting arena in Korea, where an undercover agent, John (Giamatti) has been identified. He is ordered killed by the boss, but is rescued by his undercover colleague and master of disguise, Malcolm Turner (Lawrence). FBI agents storm the place and arrest everyone inside.

Meanwhile, a criminal named Lester Vesco (Howard), who was serving a life sentence for murder and robbery, escapes from prison by killing the doctor and taking his car. Both Malcolm and John are assigned to capture him, and are sent to small-town Cartersville, Georgia to stake out the house of an elderly, southern martriach, Hattie Mae Pierce (known by her friends as “Big Momma”, and played by Ella Mitchell), the grandmother of Lester’s ex-girlfriend, Sherry Pierce (Long), who supposedly aided him in his original bank robbery by giving him the key to the vault. When Big Momma leaves to see her friend for a week, Malcolm and John sneak into her house to plant surveillance and tap the phones. Sherry phones just then, and speaks on the answering machine. Malcolm poses as Big Momma in an attempt to lure Sherry to Big Momma’s house and possibly obtain a confession. The plan works, and Malcolm and John work on a Big Momma disguise for Sherry’s arrival.

A while later, Malcolm, still in Georgia, goes to the church on Sunday to make a testimony while Sherry, Trent, Big Momma and the others are there for a mass. Malcolm delivers a promised speech and he admits that he genuinely loves Sherry and Trent. Big Momma forgives Malcolm with a hug, and the crowd cheers as both Malcolm and Sherry kiss each other. The film ends when Big Momma and the crowd singing “Oh Happy Day” during the closing credits, with Malcolm and Sherry still kissing.