The Other Guys

  • Directors: Adam McKay
  • Producers:
  • Writers: Chris Henchy, Adam McKay
  • Genres: Action, Comedy
  • Actors: Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell, Dwayne Johnson, Samuel L Jackson, Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton, Steve Coogan

Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell) and Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg) are partnered NYPD detectives who work in the forensic accounting department and rarely see any action. Gamble is more than happy with his job while Hoitz has been assigned against his will after a public incident with his quick trigger finger. They idolize the city’s top cops Danson (Dwayne Johnson) and Manzetti (Samuel L. Jackson), but when an opportunity arises for Gamble and Hoitz to step up, things do not quite go as expected.

The Long Kiss Goodnight

  • Directors: Renny Harlin
  • Producers: Stephanie Austin, Shane Black, Renny Harlin
  • Writers: Shane Black
  • Genres: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
  • Actors: Geena Davis, Samuel L Jackson, Patrick Malahide, Craig Bierko, Brian Cox

Samantha Caine is a suburban mother and schoolteacher with a seemingly normal life in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. However, she was found badly injured and suffering from amnesia several years previously, and has no memory of her past. When she is attacked by an escaped convict, Samantha dispatches her attacker with lethal self-defense skills she was not aware she possessed. She hires wisecracking, ethically challenged private investigator Mitch Henessey to help her find the truth about her past. She contacts the mysterious Dr. Nathan Waldman who reveals that Samantha is really Charlene “Charly” Baltimore, an assassin for the CIA who went missing eight years ago. When Samantha is captured and tortured by some of her old enemies, her real identity resurfaces. Although initially disdaining her life as ‘Samantha’, Mitch forces Charly to recognize that she actually liked her time as Samantha as it was the first time she was truly content with herself.

While attempting to resolve her conflicted feelings about her past, Charly discovers that her former boss at the CIA, Leland Perkins, has allied with a psychological-operations specialist named Timothy in a false flag plot to detonate a chemical bomb in downtown Niagara Falls, New York, frame “Islamic” terrorists for the crime, and thus secure more funding. She and Mitch set out to thwart the plot and rescue her young daughter, Caitlin from the clutches of the terrorists, Charly revealing to Timothy during a tense confrontation that he is actually Caitlin’s father (Timothy having spent a brief night with Charly on her last mission before her cover was blown). After averting the plot by stealing the tanker and driving it onto a bridge, Charly returns to Samantha’s old life, content with it and having realized that she genuinely loves Caitlin, leaving Mitch to enjoy the publicity attracted by his role in the crisis.

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.

Iron Man 2

  • Directors: Jon Favreau
  • Producers: Kevin Feige
  • Writers: Screenplay, Justin Theroux, Story, Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr, Character, Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Don Heck, Jack Kirby
  • Genres: Action
  • Actors: Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L Jackson

In an interview with USA Today, Jon Favreau revealed that the sequel is set 6 months after the events of Iron Man, and he also stated that Stark’s revealing of his identity is taking its toll on him. Favreau revealed their version of Iron Man’s comic book nemesis the Mandarin “allows us to incorporate the whole pantheon of villains”, while S.H.I.E.L.D. will continue to have a major role.[1]

During development, Favreau said the film would explore Stark’s alcoholism, but it would not be “the Leaving Las Vegas version”.[1] Downey said, while promoting the first film, that Stark would probably develop a drinking problem as he is unable to cope with his age and Pepper getting a boyfriend.[2] Before filming began, Downey revealed that while the film was not an adaptation of Demon in a Bottle, it was more about the “interim space” between the origin and the Demon story arc.[3]

Jurassic Park

  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Producers: Kathleen Kennedy, Gerald R Molen
  • Writers: Screenplay, David Koepp, Malia Scotch Marmo, Michael Crichton, Novel, Michael Crichton
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Joseph Mazzello, Ariana Richards, Martin Ferrero, Bob Peck, Samuel L Jackson, Wayne Knight

On Isla Nublar located on an island to the West of Costa Rica, an InGen employee is attacked while placing a Velociraptor into a specially built enclosure, prompting a lawsuit from his family. CEO John Hammond is pressured by his investors to allow a safety inspection by experts before opening the park. He invites paleontologist Alan Grant, paleobotanist Ellie Sattler, chaos theorist Ian Malcolm, and his investors’ attorney Donald Gennaro to perform the inspection. The group meets a Brachiosaurus when they set off into the park. At the park, they learn that InGen created the dinosaurs by cloning genetic material found in mosquitoes that fed on dinosaur blood, preserved in Dominican amber. The DNA from these samples was spliced with DNA from frogs to fill in sequence gaps. Only female dinosaurs are created in order to prevent uncontrolled breeding within the park. The team is also shown the enclosure of the Velociraptor, dubbed “raptors”, intelligent and ferocious predators.

Malcolm and Sattler are worried, but Grant remains neutral. They meet Hammond’s grandchildren, Tim and Alexis “Lex” Murphy, and go on a vehicular tour of the park. Ellie leaves the tour to supervise and take care of a sick Triceratops with Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Gerry Harding. A tropical storm hits the island as most InGen employees leave for the day leaving only Hammond, game warden Robert Muldoon, chief engineer Ray Arnold, and leading computer programmer Dennis Nedry to supervise the park and the visitors. Bribed by InGen’s rival Lewis Dodgson, Nedry takes an opportunity to shut down the park’s security system so he can steal dinosaur embryos and deliver them to an informant at the auxiliary dock. As a result, the security systems of the whole park are shut down, allowing the Tyrannosaurus to break through the deactivated electric fence surrounding its pen, devouring Gennaro, attacking Tim and Lex hiding in the car, and wounding Malcolm. The children and Grant only narrowly avoid being killed and eaten. Just after they flee the wreckage, Sattler and Muldoon arrive. At first, they believe the only survivor of the attack is Malcolm, but upon further investigation they find footprints belonging to Grant and the kids. Just then, the T. rex returns and Malcolm, Muldoon, and Sattler barely escape her in their Jeep. Meanwhile, Nedry crashes his Jeep and, while trying to winch it, is killed by a Dilophosaurus. Grant, Tim, and Lex spend the night in a tree. While hiking to safety the next morning, they discover hatched eggs, thus indicating that the dinosaurs are actually breeding. Grant realizes that the frog DNA is responsible: some species of frog are known to spontaneously change sex in a single-sex environment.

Raptors enter the Visitor Center and Lex and Tim narrowly escape them in the kitchen (locking one in the freezer). Grant and Sattler take Lex and Tim to the Control Room where Lex is finally able to restore the Park’s computer systems in order to call Hammond to request a helicopter rescue of the survivors. Grant and Sattler hold off a raptor trying to open the door to the computer room, until the power is restored and the electromagnetic locks begin working. With the door secure, the raptor breaks into the room through the window, and the group climbs up into the ceiling crawlspace and arrive at the Visitors Center rotunda, above the skeleton display. The raptors pursue and after a scuffle on top of the fossil exhibits where the raptors block their escape route, help comes from an unlikely source: the Tyrannosaurus suddenly appears and attacks the raptors. The raptors are killed by the Tyrannosaurus, saving Grant, Sattler, Lex, and Tim in the process. The four flee the fight, climb into Hammond and Malcolm’s jeep and leave. Grant says he will not endorse the park, a choice with which Hammond concurs. As all fly away in the helicopter, the children fall asleep beside Grant, who contemplatively watches the birds flying nearby, the surviving relatives of the dinosaurs they escaped.

Coming to America

  • Directors: John Landis
  • Producers: Leslie Belzberg, George Folsey Jr, Mark Lipsky
  • Writers: Story, Eddie Murphy, Screenplay, David Sheffield, Barry W Blaustein
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley, James Earl Jones, John Amos, Eriq La Salle, Samuel L Jackson

Akeem Joffer (Eddie Murphy), the prince and heir to the throne of the fictitious African country Zamunda, is discontented with being pampered all his life. The final straw is when his parents (James Earl Jones and Madge Sinclair) present him with a bride-to-be (Vanessa Bell) he has never met before, trained to mindlessly obey his every command.

Akeem concocts a plan to travel to America to find a wife he can both love and respect. He and his servant & friend Semmi (Arsenio Hall) arrive in Queens County, New York, and after several scrapes, find an apartment in the neighborhood of Jackson Heights. They begin working at a local restaurant called McDowell’s (the restaurateur’s attempt to copy McDonald’s) passing themselves off as students. When he first meets Akeem and Semmi, owner Mr. McDowell (John Amos) explains all the minute differences between his place and McDonald’s, ending with the line, “They use the sesame seed bun. My buns have no seeds.”

Akeem falls in love with Lisa (Shari Headley), Mr. McDowell’s daughter, who possesses the qualities the prince is looking for. The rest of the film centers on Akeem’s attempts to win Lisa’s hand in marriage, while adjusting to life in America and dodging his royal duties and prerogatives. Unfortunately, Semmi is not comfortable with the life of a poor man and thus unintentionally causes a near-disaster when, alerted by a plea for more financial help, the Zamundian royal family travels to the United States. Lisa learns that Akeem is actually a prince and is at first angry and confused as to why he lied to her about it. At this point, she refuses to marry Akeem and Akeem returns to Zamunda with a broken heart. At the end, we see Akeem about to wed a bride who he discovers is Lisa. They ride off in a carriage after the ceremony.

The Spirit

  • Directors: Frank Miller
  • Producers: Michael Uslan, Deborah Del Prete, Gigi Pritzker
  • Writers: Comics, Will Eisner, Screenplay, Frank Miller
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Thriller
  • Actors: Gabriel Macht, Samuel L Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Eva Mendes, Dan Lauria, Sarah Paulson, Paz Vega, Stana Katic, Jaime King, Louis Lombardi

In Central City, rookie cop Denny Colt returns from the dead as the detective known only as the Spirit to fight crime. After he finds his nemesis, the Octopus, at the Central City mud flats, the femme fatale Sand Saref discovers two chests in a nearby pond. She tries to flee with both chests, but the Octopus shoots at her, snapping the line that connects the two chests together. After a fight with the Spirit, Octopus takes the remaining chest that Saref left behind and escapes with one of his thugs. The Octopus wants the mystical Blood of Heracles in order to become immortal and Sand Saref wants the treasure of the Argonauts, but both people end up with the wrong chest, Sand with the blood and the Octopus with the treasure of the Argonauts.

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.

Lakeview Terrace

  • Directors: Neil LaBute
  • Producers: Jeffrey Graup, James Lassiter, David Loughery, Will Smith
  • Writers: David Loughery, Howard Korder
  • Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • Actors: Patrick Wilson, Kerry Washington, Samuel L Jackson

Single father and LAPD officer, Abel Turner (Samuel L. Jackson) lives in Lakeview Terrace with his two children, Marcus, and Celia. A couple moves in to the house next door, Chris and Lisa Mattson (Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington). Abel is noticeably disturbed to find that they are interracially married.

Chris readies to leave for work in the morning one day, and there is a blank parking ticket on his windshield, because his fender exceeds the line of the curb; signed “AT,” for Abel Turner. When Chris arrives home that night Abel approaches the car and pretends to be a car-jacker, and chides Chris for listening to rap music.

Later that week Chris and Lisa have sex in their swimming pool unaware that Abel’s children are watching. Abel arrives home to see this spectacle, and is upset. Abel angles his home security floodlights so they shine into Chris and Lisa’s window, keeping them awake, clearly meant to be payback for their carelessness.

Abel’s children are playing in their yard, and their ball goes into Chris and Lisa’s yard. Lisa works from home, and when they come over to retrieve their ball, Lisa strikes up a friendship with the kids, and asks them to bring their father over for a house-warming party they are having. The flood light problems continue and Lisa says she will talk to Abel.

Abel later enters their home, hoping to retrieve the criminal’s cell phone to avoid implication. Chris returns home, unexpectedly, and thanks Abel for helping him. Chris then discovers the attacker’s cell phone and calls it. When Abel answers he realizes he was behind the home invasion. Chris and Abel fight out to the street, and Abel shoots Chris in the shoulder after Chris provokes Abel by talking about his deceased wife. The police shoot Abel, and kill him. Chris and Lisa are reunited.

Jumper

  • Directors: Doug Liman
  • Producers: Simon Kinberg, Lucas Foster, Jay Sanders, Stacy Maes
  • Writers: David S Goyer, Jim Uhls, Simon Kinberg, Steven Gould
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Hayden Christensen, Jamie Bell, Samuel L Jackson, Rachel Bilson, Michael Rooker, Diane Lane, AnnaSophia Robb, Max Thieriot, Teddy Dunn, Kristen Stewart, Jesse James

The movie starts with a young David Rice (Thieriot), a 15-year-old student in Ann Arbor, Michigan, discovering that he has the ability to “jump”, teleporting to any location he has seen after falling into a frozen river while recovering a snow globe for Millie (Robb) that was thrown onto the river by school bully Mark (James). He decides to leave his alcoholic father, William (Rooker), his mother Mary (Lane), having left him when he was five, and goes to New York City, but before that he leaves the snow globe for Millie to symbolize that he is still alive. While in New York, he uses his power to rob a bank for funds. He repeats this many times over the years, sometimes leaving IOU notes as a joke. Eight years later, David (Christensen) lives a luxurious life from his penthouse apartment, its walls covered with pictures of places around the world which he “jumps” to on a daily basis. However, a lead from the bank robbery he did when he was 15 has finally led a man named Roland Cox (Jackson) to David, who knows of his ability and has the technology to disable him – electrified restraints. However, as Roland believes someone is protecting David, he hesitates in killing him long enough for David to escape. Roland tells his associates to be prepared at the various sites that David has on his walls.

David jumps to Millie’s apartment and is quickly caught by the Paladins. Risking his life, David manages to teleport the entire apartment to a nearby river, including Millie and the Paladins, but seemingly falls unconscious in the process. However, the couple are then teleported to the library where David made his first jump – along with Roland. David recovers first, grabs Roland and teleports him to a cave high above the Grand Canyon. Before departing, David tells Roland that he could have killed him, proving that he is not the abomination Roland believes him to be. Sometime later, David and Millie travel to Mary’s home, and David learns that he has a sister named Sophie (Stewart), and that Mary herself was a Paladin; when David was five, he began jumping, so she left to avoid having to kill her own son. She asks him to leave, giving him a head start before she must hunt him down; David and Millie jump to an unknown location.