Black Snake Moan

  • Directors: Craig Brewer
  • Producers: Stephanie Allain, John Singleton
  • Writers: Craig Brewer
  • Genres: Drama, Music
  • Actors: Samuel L Jackson, Christina Ricci, Justin Timberlake, S Epatha Merkerson, Michael Raymond James, John Cothran Jr, David Banner, Son House

The film centers around two main characters: Lazarus (Samuel L. Jackson), a deeply religious farmer and former blues guitarist, and Rae (Christina Ricci), a young nymphomaniac. Lazarus’s wife has left him for his brother, which has left him a bitter and angry man. Rae’s boyfriend Ronnie (Justin Timberlake) leaves for deployment with the 1960th Field Artillery Brigade, Tennessee National Guard, and in his absence she has bouts of promiscuity and drug use. During one of Rae’s binges, Ronnie’s friend Gill (Michael Raymond-James) tries to take advantage of her. She laughs at his advances, comparing him unfavorably with another man, and he severely beats her. Believing she’s dead, Gill dumps Rae by the side of the road and drives away.

Lazarus discovers Rae in the road the next morning and brings her home to nurse her back to health. Over the course of several days, Rae, delirious with fever, occasionally wakes up and tries to flee from Lazarus. He ties her to the radiator with a heavy chain to keep her from running away. After Rae regains her wits, Lazarus announces that it is his spiritual duty to heal her of her sinful ways and refuses to release her until he does so. Rae makes several attempts to escape, but eventually comes to tolerate her position. Lazarus buys her a proper dress to wear, plays guitar for her, and feeds her home-cooked meals. Lazarus’s pastor and close friend, R.L. (John Cothran Jr.), visits Lazarus at his house and discovers that Lazarus is imprisoning Rae. The pastor tries to reason with Lazarus and the group shares a meal.

In the morning, Lazarus frees Rae, having decided that he has no authority to pass judgment on her. Rae chooses to stay with Lazarus of her own will. Later, Rae and Lazarus take a trip into town, where Rae confronts her mother (Kim Richards) about the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her mother’s partner. Meanwhile, Lazarus has formed a budding romance with the local pharmacist, Angela (S. Epatha Merkerson). He plays a blues concert at a local bar, which Rae attends. Ronnie spots Rae and follows her to Lazarus’s house. He confronts the pair with a pistol, but Lazarus talks him down and summons the pastor. Ronnie and Rae decide that they are stronger together than apart and get married. While driving away, Ronnie suffers a panic attack and Rae begins to break down, but together they overcome their afflictions.

Shrek Forever After

  • Directors: Mike Mitchell
  • Producers: Gina Shay, Teresa Cheng, Executive Producer, Aron Warner, Andrew Adamson
  • Writers: Tim Sullivan, Josh Klausner, Darren Lemke, Book, William Steig
  • Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
  • Actors: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Walt Dohrn, Julie Andrews, Eric Idle, Justin Timberlake

Shrek (Mike Myers) has become a domesticated family man. Instead of scaring villagers away like he used to, the grown-reluctant ogre agrees to autograph pitch forks. Longing for the days when he felt like a “real ogre”, Shrek is tricked into signing a pact with the smooth-talking dealmaker, Rumpelstiltskin. Shrek suddenly finds himself in a twisted, alternate version of Far Far Away, where ogres are hunted, Rumplestiltskin is king, the now intellectual Donkey (Eddie Murphy) is afraid of Shrek, Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) is obese, Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow) is still alive, and Shrek and Fiona (Cameron Diaz) have never met. Now, it’s up to Shrek to undo all of Rumpelstiltskin’s mischief in the hopes of saving his friends, restoring his world, and reclaiming his One True Love and family.

The Love Guru

  • Directors: Marco Schnabel
  • Producers: Mike Myers, Gary Barber, Michael DeLuca
  • Writers: Mike Myers, Bruno Priani
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance, Sport
  • Actors: Mike Myers, Jessica Alba, Romany Malco, Justin Timberlake

Darren Roanoke (#77) (Romany Malco), the star player of the Toronto Maple Leafs, is suffering from stress because his wife, Prudence Roanoke (Meagan Good), has left him for the Los Angeles Kings French-Canadian goaltender Jacques “Le Coq” Grandé (#1) (Justin Timberlake). The stress causes his hand to shake, which affects his hockey performance. Jane Bullard (Jessica Alba) enlists the support of Guru Maurice Pitka (Mike Myers) to help Darren with his stress so that the team can hopefully break their losing streak. In addition to getting a considerable payment, Pitka would be invited to Oprah Winfrey’s show, which he hopes would help him become the #1 guru, a place currently held by Deepak Chopra. Pitka succeeds, but feels no need anymore to become #1, more important is his love for Jane. However, in connection with a vow, Guru Tugginmypudha gave him a chastity belt. Pitka returns to Tugginmypudha to have it removed. Tugginmypudha agrees that it can be removed now, and explains how to do that; to Pitka’s surprise, no key is needed.

Shrek the Third

  • Directors: Chris Miller, Raman Hui
  • Producers: Aron Warner
  • Writers: Screenplay, Jeffrey Price, Peter S Seaman, Chris Miller, Aron Warner, Story, Andrew Adamson, Book, William Steig
  • Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Music
  • Actors: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Rupert Everett, Julie Andrews, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Justin Timberlake

King Harold (voiced by John Cleese) falls ill and his ogre son-in-law Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) and daughter Princess Fiona (voiced by Cameron Diaz) are next in line to be King and Queen of Far Far Away. Shrek declines, insisting that an ogre as king is a bad idea and that there has to be someone else for the job. With his final few breaths, the king tells Shrek that there is one other heir who can become the new King of Far Far Away: his nephew, Arthur Pendragon (voiced by Justin Timberlake). After a mournful funeral, Shrek sets out on a quest to bring back the new king, along with Donkey (voiced by Eddie Murphy) and Puss in Boots (voiced Antonio Banderas). As they’re sailing off, Fiona runs to the dock and announces to Shrek that she is pregnant and he is going to be a father. Shocked, Shrek begins to have nightmares about his future children on the journey to find Arthur.

The trio’s journey soon leads them to Worcestershire Academy, an elite boarding school, where they discover that Arthur (“Artie”, as he prefers to be called) is a scrawny 16-year old underachiever picked on by virtually everyone, from the cool kids down to the retainer wearing Dungeons and Dragons geeks. Far removed from the courageous legend his name evokes, Artie stands literally at the bottom of the high school food chain. He is constantly showered with insults, used as a punching bag by the school Jousting Team, led by the obnoxious Lancelot du Lac (voiced by John Krasinski), and cruelly scorned by Guinevere (Latifa Ouaou), the girl he had always loved.

As Far Far Away is left in the capable hands of young Artie, the move ends as Shrek retires with Fiona to their swamp a few months later, becoming the parents of ogre triplets.

Alpha Dog

  • Directors: Nick Cassavetes
  • Producers: Paul Ralph
  • Writers: Nick Cassavetes
  • Genres: Crime, Drama
  • Actors: Emile Hirsch, Justin Timberlake, Bruce Willis, Shawn Hatosy, Olivia Wilde, Sharon Stone, Ben Foster, Amanda Seyfried, Anton Yelchin

Set in November 1999, (but based on events that took place in 2000) Alpha Dog tells the story of Johnny Truelove (Emile Hirsch), a young drug dealer in Claremont, California and his circle of friends, including Frankie Ballenbacher (Justin Timberlake), Tiko “TKO” Martinez (Fernando Vargas) and Elvis Schmidt (Shawn Hatosy). Elvis does household chores for Johnny to pay off a debt and is constantly ridiculed by Johnny and Frankie for being spineless. Johnny’s father, Sonny Truelove (Bruce Willis), supplies his son with the marijuana from which he makes a fortune. Another associate of the gang is Jake Mazursky (Ben Foster), who owes Johnny an $800 drug debt.

After a series of incidents that become increasingly violent, Johnny and his crew drive to Jake’s apartment. After finding their intended target nowhere to be found they stumble upon his brother Zach (Anton Yelchin), and kidnap him. Zach idolizes his cool older brother and resents his overprotective parents, and thus makes very little effort to escape. The crew takes Zach to a number of different locations, including two parties, and he gradually becomes integrated into their circle. Frankie offers him numerous chances to escape, but Zach turns him down, and the two strike up an unlikely friendship. Johnny, however, is becoming increasingly paranoid. He eventually asks Elvis to kill Zach, and Elvis accepts, finally gaining the upper hand on Frankie, who has degraded him throughout the film.

The epilogue shows the after-effects of the crime. Zach’s mother Olivia (Sharon Stone) is interviewed; she talks candidly about her failed suicide attempts and the loss that she has experienced from her son’s murder. All of the gang members are currently serving time: Tiko serving 9 years for the kidnapping, Keith serving at a juvenile facility, until the age of 25, for digging Zach’s grave/2nd degree murder, Frankie serving a life sentence for the kidnapping and Elvis on death row for the kidnapping and murder. Johnny Truelove was the youngest person ever on America’s Most Wanted’s list for 5 years before he was arrested by Interpol in ParaguayAugust 8, 2005 and extradited to California for trial. In real life, Jesse James Hollywood was actually arrested in Brazil on March 8, 2005. If found guilty, he could face the death penalty.