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Awards

1994 Oscar Nominee: Best Actress in What's Love Got to Do with It
1994 Unknown Nominee: Best Actress in What's Love Got to Do with It

Angela Bassett

A New York City native (born Aug. 16, 1958), Angela Bassett studied drama at Yale and acted in several TV movies. Her first film role was a small part in F/X (1986), but her big break came as Cuba Gooding's mother in Boyz N the Hood (1991).

Bassett took on a string of roles playing real-life famous women, including Jackson family matriarch Katherine in the TV movie The Jacksons: An American Dream (1992), Betty Shabazz in Malcolm X (1992) and Tina Turner in What's Love Got to Do with It (1993), for which Bassett received a Best Actress Oscar nomination. She also played Rosa Parks in the 2002 television movie The Rosa Parks Story.

Bassett has proved she can deftly adapt to science fiction films (1995's Strange Days and 1997's Contact), dramas (1995's Waiting to Exhale and 1998's How Stella Got Her Groove Back), comedies (2004's Mr. 3000) and action films (2005's Mr. and Mrs. Smith).

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American Horror Story: Season 3  2013  4.2 ★ Television
This season brings a new chapter to the horror anthology with some familiar faces playing new roles in a fresh setting: New Orleans. A slew of new stars also make appearances, including Kathy Bates, Patti LuPone, Emma Roberts and Gabourey Sidibe.


Olympus Has Fallen  2013  4.1 ★ 119 mins Action & Adventure Rated: R
Director Antoine Fuqua's action thriller stars Gerard Butler as a disgraced Secret Service agent who must come to the rescue when Korean terrorists descend on the White House and take the president hostage.


Betty & Coretta  2013  3.7 ★ Drama
United by struggle and loss, civil rights widows Coretta Scot King and Betty Shabazz share a history that's captured in this dramatic miniseries. Angela Bassett and Mary J. Blige play the women Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X left behind.


Betty and Coretta  2013  3.3 ★ 120 mins Drama
United by struggle and loss, civil rights widows Coretta Scott King and Betty Shabazz share a history that's captured in this dramatic miniseries. Angela Bassett and Mary J. Blige play the women Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X left behind.


Black Nativity  2013  3.1 ★ 94 mins Drama Rated: PG
Langston Hughes's play is the basis for this uplifting drama about an angry teen whose single mother sends him to spend Christmas with his grandparents. Frustrated by their strictness, the youth runs away and learns about faith during his journey.


This Means War  2012  3.7 ★ 97 mins Action & Adventure Rated: PG-13
Each determined to win the heart of a sexy blonde bombshell, two best friends and CIA spies turn their secret-agent skills against each other, heedless of the ever-widening trail of wreckage and collateral damage they leave in their wake.


This Means War  2012  3.6 ★ 97 mins Action & Adventure Rated: PG-13
Each determined to win the heart of a sexy blonde bombshell, two best friends and CIA spies turn their secret-agent skills against each other, heedless of the ever-widening trail of wreckage and collateral damage they leave in their wake.


Green Lantern  2011  3.5 ★ 114 mins Action & Adventure Rated: PG-13
Hal Jordan, a talented test pilot, is chosen by an alien force of warriors to become their representative on Earth and use his new powers as the Green Lantern to promote order and justice before conflict destroys his world.


Jumping the Broom  2011  3.6 ★ 112 mins Comedy Rated: PG-13
It's a comedic clash of African-American cultures when the hoity-toity clan of bride Sabrina Watson and the proudly blue-collar family of groom Jason Taylor gather on Martha's Vineyard to celebrate the couple's nuptials.


Jumping the Broom  2011  3.6 ★ 112 mins Comedies Rated: PG-13 RT:54%
It's a comedic clash of African-American cultures when the hoity-toity clan of bride Sabrina Watson and the proudly blue-collar family of groom Jason Taylor gather on Martha's Vineyard to celebrate the couple's nuptials.


Green Lantern  2011  3.5 ★ 114 mins Action & Adventure Rated: PG-13 RT:27%
Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds), a brash, talented test pilot, is chosen by an alien force of warriors to become their representative on Earth and use his new powers as the Green Lantern to promote order and justice before conflict destroys his world. Despite being the first human to wear the ring that bestows his abilities, Hal must combat villain Parallax. Fellow pilot Carol Ferris (Blake Lively) aids Hal in his quest to save the galaxy.


Notorious  2009  3.6 ★ 122 mins Dramas Rated: R RT:50%
Based on the story of Christopher Wallace, better known as Notorious B.I.G. (played by Jamal Woolard), this insightful biopic chronicles the gangsta rapper's troubled life as a drug dealer, his artistic success and his unresolved murder at age 24. The film also delves into his close friendship with Sean Combs (Derek Luke) and the famous feud with hip-hop rival Tupac Shakur (Anthony Mackie). Angela Bassett portrays Biggie's mother.


Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy  2009  3.9 ★ 90 mins Documentaries Rated: NR  until 01-Jan-2025
Chris Rock, Bill Cosby, Whoopi Goldberg and other notables illuminate the evolution and cultural significance of African American comedy. Accompanying film clips explore the history of black humor from early minstrel shows to modern stand-up stars.


Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy  2009  3.9 ★ 90 mins Documentary Rated: NR
Chris Rock, Bill Cosby, Whoopi Goldberg and other notables illuminate the evolution and cultural significance of African American comedy. Accompanying film clips explore the history of black humor from early minstrel shows to modern stand-up stars.


Notorious  2009  3.6 ★ 122 mins Drama Rated: R
Based on the story of Christopher Wallace, better known as Notorious B.I.G. (played by Jamal Woolard), this insightful biopic chronicles the gangsta rapper's troubled life as a drug dealer, his artistic success and his unresolved murder at age 24. The film also delves into his close friendship with Sean Combs (Derek Luke) and the famous feud with hip-hop rival Tupac Shakur (Anthony Mackie). Angela Bassett portrays Biggie's mother.


Gospel Hill  2008  3.3 ★ 98 mins Dramas Rated: NR RT:33%
In a small Southern town, the longstanding residents of the Gospel Hill neighborhood are being forced out of their homes to make way for a pricey housing development, pushing race relations to explosive heights in this gripping drama. Meanwhile, the mystery behind the decades-old murder of civil rights pioneer Peter Malcolm haunts his son (Danny Glover) and the ex-sheriff (Tom Bower) who deliberately botched the investigation.


Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns  2008  3.6 ★ 100 mins Comedy Rated: PG-13
When Brenda (Angela Bassett), a struggling single mom in Chicago's inner city, learns that the father she never knew has died, she heads to Georgia with her three kids in tow for the funeral and meets her dad's raucous family. Despite their boisterous manner, Brenda finds them a comforting presence in her fragmented life. Writer-director Tyler Perry also co-stars in this adaptation of his hit stage play.


Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns  2008  3.6 ★ 100 mins Comedies Rated: PG-13
When Brenda (Angela Bassett), a struggling single mom in Chicago's inner city, learns that the father she never knew has died, she heads to Georgia with her three kids in tow for the funeral and meets her dad's raucous family. Despite their boisterous manner, Brenda finds them a comforting presence in her fragmented life. Writer-director Tyler Perry also co-stars in this adaptation of his hit stage play.


Nothing But the Truth  2008  3.6 ★ 107 mins Drama Rated: R
Journalist Rachel Armstrong turns Washington on its ear when she outs a casual acquaintance as a CIA agent. The government's formidable prosecutor sends Rachel to jail for contempt, where she discovers the true impact of her decision.


Of Boys and Men  2008  3.4 ★ 86 mins Drama Rated: PG-13
When his wife (Angela Bassett) dies in a tragic car accident, Chicago dad Holden Cole (Robert Townsend) suddenly has his hands full raising three anguish-stricken boys while simultaneously trying to cope with his own grief and regret. Turning to his kid sister Janay (Victoria Rowell) for help, Holden does his best to show his sons how to be honorable men even in the midst of heartbreak. Carl Seaton helms this family-friendly drama.


Of Boys and Men  2008  3.4 ★ 86 mins Dramas Rated: PG-13
When his wife (Angela Bassett) dies in a tragic car accident, Chicago dad Holden Cole (Robert Townsend) suddenly has his hands full raising three anguish-stricken boys while simultaneously trying to cope with his own grief and regret. Turning to his kid sister Janay (Victoria Rowell) for help, Holden does his best to show his sons how to be honorable men even in the midst of heartbreak. Carl Seaton helms this family-friendly drama.


Nothing But the Truth  2008  3.6 ★ 107 mins Dramas Rated: R RT:79%  until 01-Jan-2025 
Journalist Rachel Armstrong (Kate Beckinsale) turns Washington on its ear when she outs a casual acquaintance (Vera Farmiga) as a CIA agent. The government's formidable prosecutor (Matt Dillon) sends Rachel to jail for contempt, where she discovers the true impact of her decision. David Schwimmer and Alan Alda co-star in this drama from Rod Lurie, the politically savvy filmmaker behind The Contender and "Commander in Chief."


Gospel Hill  2008  3.2 ★ 98 mins Drama Rated: NR
In a small Southern town, the longstanding residents of the Gospel Hill neighborhood are being forced out of their homes to make way for a pricey housing development, pushing race relations to explosive heights in this gripping drama. Meanwhile, the mystery behind the decades-old murder of civil rights pioneer Peter Malcolm haunts his son (Danny Glover) and the ex-sheriff (Tom Bower) who deliberately botched the investigation.


Meet the Robinsons  2007  3.8 ★ 95 mins Children & Family Movies Rated: G RT:66%
In this kid-friendly computer-animated adventure, brilliant preteen inventor Lewis (voiced by Daniel Hansen) creates a memory scanner to retrieve his earliest recollections and find out why his mother gave him up for adoption. At one point, Lewis is ready to give up on his quest. But then the mysterious Wilbur Robinson (Wesley Singerman) shows up on the scene, whisking Lewis to the future to find the scanner -- and his mom.


Meet the Robinsons  2007  3.8 ★ 95 mins Children & Family Rated: G
Preteen inventor Lewis builds a memory scanner to retrieve his earliest recollections and find out why his mom gave him up for adoption. But just as Lewis is about to give up, the mysterious Wilbur Robinson appears and whisks him away to the future.


Akeelah and the Bee  2006  3.8 ★ 112 mins Children & Family Rated: PG
Eleven-year-old Akeelah Anderson is determined to spell her way out of South Los Angeles and make it to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. With a tutor behind her, Akeelah may even show her pessimistic mother she has what it takes to win.


Akeelah and the Bee  2006  3.7 ★ 112 mins Children & Family Movies Rated: PG RT:83%
Eleven-year-old Akeelah Anderson is determined to spell her way out of South Los Angeles and make it to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. With a tutor behind her, Akeelah may even show her pessimistic mother she has what it takes to win.


Mr. & Mrs. Smith  2005  3.6 ★ 120 mins Action & Adventure Rated: PG-13
Marriage has gotten stale and predictable for John and Jane Smith, an average-on-the-surface husband and wife who don't yet know that they share the same undercover line of work: They're both guns for hire.


Mr. & Mrs. Smith  2005  3.6 ★ 120 mins Action & Adventure Rated: PG-13 RT:58%
Marriage has gotten stale and predictable for John and Jane Smith, an average-on-the-surface husband and wife who don't yet know that they share the same undercover line of work: They're both guns for hire. Hiding their occupations has never been a hardship for either of them … until they discover that their next assignment involves them targeting each other. Can they go through with their respective missions, or will love prevail?


Mr. 3000  2004  3.1 ★ 104 mins Comedies Rated: PG-13 RT:56%
A baseball star (Bernie Mac) who retired with exactly 3,000 hits -- and soon dubbed himself "Mr. 3000" -- learns that three of his hits didn't count, and now he's making a comeback at age 47 to get three hits and preserve his nickname and Hall of Fame chances. Figuring he'll play just long enough to collect his hits, the slugger finds that his love for the game is renewed -- and that he might be able to make amends for his selfish career.


Mr. 3000  2004  3.1 ★ 104 mins Comedy Rated: PG-13
A baseball star who retired with exactly 3,000 hits learns that three of his hits didn't count, and now he's making a comeback at age 47 to get three hits and preserve his Hall of Fame chances.


Masked & Anonymous  2003  2.7 ★ 106 mins Dramas Rated: PG-13
Amid a decaying society in the future, troubadour Jack Fate (Bob Dylan) is busted out of prison by his former manager (John Goodman) so he can perform one last concert that may rekindle his career -- and perhaps bring together his divided country, which is torn by civil war. Supported by a star-studded ensemble cast, this contemplative drama features performances of several Dylan tunes, including "Down in the Flood," "Cold Irons Bound" and more.


Masked & Anonymous  2003  2.7 ★ 106 mins Drama Rated: PG-13
Amid a decaying society in the future, troubadour Jack Fate (Bob Dylan) is busted out of prison by his former manager (John Goodman) so he can perform one last concert that may rekindle his career -- and perhaps bring together his divided country, which is torn by civil war. Supported by a star-studded ensemble cast, this contemplative drama features performances of several Dylan tunes, including "Down in the Flood," "Cold Irons Bound" and more.


Unchained Memories: Slave Narratives  2002  3.7 ★ 75 mins Documentary Rated: NR
Throughout the 1930s, journalists and writers accumulated stories and photographs from former African-American slaves and compiled more than 2300 first-person accounts of this horrifying period in American history. This documentary project contains some of these histories, read by prominent African-American actors such as Oprah Winfrey, Ossie Davis, Don Cheadle, Samuel L. Jackson, Ruby Dee, and Angela Bassett. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg.


Sunshine State  2002  3.0 ★ 141 mins Drama Rated: PG-13
In this tale about small-town folks battling big-time business, Desiree Perry (Angela Bassett) returns to her hometown of Plantation Island, Fla., to resurrect herself and reconnect with her family. Longtime resident Marly Temple (Edie Falco) runs her family's small motel. When a big developer attempts to build a golf resort, the women team up to save their stretch of seashore.


The Rosa Parks Story  2002  3.3 ★ 90 mins Drama Rated: NR
Angela Bassett stars in the story that sparked the birth of the modern civil rights movement in the late 1950s. Parks took the only available seat in the first row of the "colored" section on a city bus. But when a white woman boarded and the driver demanded that the black riders in her row move, everyone complied except Parks. This singular event threw Parks and her family into the Ku Klux Klan's ring of hatred -- and into the NAACP's limelight.


Unchained Memories: Slave Narratives  2002  3.7 ★ 75 mins TV Shows Rated: NR
Throughout the 1930s, journalists and writers accumulated stories and photographs from former African-American slaves and compiled more than 2300 first-person accounts of this horrifying period in American history. This documentary project contains some of these histories, read by prominent African-American actors such as Oprah Winfrey, Ossie Davis, Don Cheadle, Samuel L. Jackson, Ruby Dee, and Angela Bassett. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg.


Sunshine State  2002  3.0 ★ 141 mins Dramas Rated: PG-13 RT:80%
In this tale about small-town folks battling big-time business, Desiree Perry (Angela Bassett) returns to her hometown of Plantation Island, Fla., to resurrect herself and reconnect with her family. Longtime resident Marly Temple (Edie Falco) runs her family's small motel. When a big developer attempts to build a golf resort, the women team up to save their stretch of seashore.


The Rosa Parks Story  2002  3.3 ★ 90 mins Dramas Rated: NR
Angela Bassett stars in the story that sparked the birth of the modern civil rights movement in the late 1950s. Parks took the only available seat in the first row of the "colored" section on a city bus. But when a white woman boarded and the driver demanded that the black riders in her row move, everyone complied except Parks. This singular event threw Parks and her family into the Ku Klux Klan's ring of hatred -- and into the NAACP's limelight.


Ruby's Bucket of Blood  2001  3.0 ★ 95 mins Dramas Rated: PG-13
Ruby Delacroix (Angela Bassett) owns a popular juke joint on the Louisiana bayou, circa 1960. When she loses her star performer, she reluctantly hires a white singer, Billy Dupre (Kevin Anderson), as a replacement. But what she doesn't bargain for is falling in love with him. Unfortunately, in the Deep South, amid the first rumblings of the Civil Rights movement, Delacroix and Dupre's inflamed passion isn't a simple case of black and white.


Ruby's Bucket of Blood  2001  3.0 ★ 95 mins Romance Rated: PG-13
Ruby Delacroix (Angela Bassett) owns a popular juke joint on the Louisiana bayou, circa 1960. When she loses her star performer, she reluctantly hires a white singer, Billy Dupre (Kevin Anderson), as a replacement. But what she doesn't bargain for is falling in love with him. Unfortunately, in the Deep South, amid the first rumblings of the Civil Rights movement, Delacroix and Dupre's inflamed passion isn't a simple case of black and white.


The Score  2001  3.6 ★ 123 mins Action & Adventure Rated: R RT:73%
In director Frank Oz's tense and deftly acted crime drama, ready-to-retire safecracker Nick (Robert De Niro), flamboyant fence Max (Marlon Brando) and aspiring, talented -- but volatile -- thief Jackie (Edward Norton) team up to rob the Montreal Customs House. The score could put them all on easy street, but Nick is growing increasingly uncomfortable with the operation, mostly because things with Jackie don't seem quite right.


The Score  2001  3.7 ★ 123 mins Thrillers Rated: R
Ready-to-retire safecracker Nick, flamboyant fence Max and talented but volatile thief Jackie team up to rob the Montreal Customs House. The score could put them all on easy street, but Nick is growing increasingly uncomfortable with the operation.


Boesman and Lena  2000  3.0 ★ 87 mins Dramas Rated: NR  until 01-Jan-2025
Homeless and impoverished, a South African couple (Danny Glover and Angela Bassett) suffering under the oppression of apartheid finds a place to settle down for the night in this acclaimed adaptation of Athol Fugard's play. What begins as a familiar dialogue between the two -- steeped in love, bitterness and pain -- takes an increasingly hostile tone when they are joined by an old tribesman.


Supernova  2000  3.1 ★ 91 mins Sci-Fi & Fantasy Rated: R
When a deep-space rescue ship answers a distress call from a mining planet, the crew leaps light-years to find a lone survivor. When the man joins them, crew members start disappearing thanks to a mysterious alien artifact he's smuggled onboard.


Supernova  2000  3.1 ★ 91 mins Sci-Fi & Fantasy Rated: R
When a deep-space rescue ship answers a distress call from a mining planet, the crew leaps light-years to find a lone survivor. When the man joins them, crew members start disappearing thanks to a mysterious alien artifact he's smuggled onboard.


Boesman and Lena  2000  3.0 ★ 87 mins Drama Rated: NR
A homeless South African couple suffering under apartheid finds a place to settle down for the night. What begins as a familiar dialogue between the two, steeped in love and pain, takes an increasingly hostile tone when an old tribesman joins them.


Whispers: An Elephant's Tale  2000  3.0 ★ 72 mins Children & Family Rated: G
This live-action Disney entry uses film of wild animals in their native African environs to chronicle the story of baby pachyderm Whispers, who gets separated from his mother after an encounter with poachers. Ostracized by a new herd, Whispers attaches himself to a grouchy surrogate mom who reluctantly takes the young elephant under her tusks. Angela Bassett, Anne Archer, Alice Ghostley, Betty White and Joan Rivers supply the animals' voices.


Whispers: An Elephant's Tale  2000  3.1 ★ 72 mins Children & Family Movies Rated: G
This live-action Disney entry uses film of wild animals in their native African environs to chronicle the story of baby pachyderm Whispers, who gets separated from his mother after an encounter with poachers. Ostracized by a new herd, Whispers attaches himself to a grouchy surrogate mom who reluctantly takes the young elephant under her tusks. Angela Bassett, Anne Archer, Alice Ghostley, Betty White and Joan Rivers supply the animals' voices.


Music of the Heart Nominated For/Won Awards 1999  3.5 ★ 123 mins Dramas Rated: PG RT:62%  until 01-Jan-2025 
In director Wes Craven's inspiring Oscar-nominated drama -- which is based on a true story -- a violinist and single mother struggles to convince the administration at an East Harlem high school to let her establish a music program.


Music of the Heart: Bonus Material  1999  3.3 ★ 77 mins Drama Rated: G
The bonus disc is devoted to the 1996 Oscar-nominated feature "Small Wonders," the documentary that brought to wide attention the story of schoolteacher Roberta Guaspari and her East Harlem students. "Small Wonders" makes for an interesting comparison with the dramatized version. The 77-minute documentary is presented in its original full-frame format with stereo sound.


Music of the Heart: Bonus Material  1999  3.3 ★ 77 mins Dramas Rated: G
The bonus disc is devoted to the 1996 Oscar-nominated feature "Small Wonders," the documentary that brought to wide attention the story of schoolteacher Roberta Guaspari and her East Harlem students. "Small Wonders" makes for an interesting comparison with the dramatized version. The 77-minute documentary is presented in its original full-frame format with stereo sound.


Our Friend Martin  1999  3.1 ★ 60 mins Children & Family Movies Rated: NR
Talk about high concept! This animated special, inspired by the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., posits the question of what the 1990s would have been like if the famed Civil Rights leader had lived. Features the voices of some of Hollywood's biggest stars, including John Travolta, Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett, James Earl Jones, Ashley Judd and Oprah Winfrey.


Music of the Heart Nominated For/Won Awards 1999  3.6 ★ 123 mins Drama Rated: PG  until 01-Jan-2025   
In director Wes Craven's inspiring Oscar-nominated drama -- which is based on a true story -- a violinist and single mother struggles to convince the administration at an East Harlem high school to let her establish a music program.


Our Friend Martin  1999  3.1 ★ 60 mins Children & Family Rated: NR
Talk about high concept! This animated special, inspired by the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., posits the question of what the 1990s would have been like if the famed Civil Rights leader had lived. Features the voices of some of Hollywood's biggest stars, including John Travolta, Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett, James Earl Jones, Ashley Judd and Oprah Winfrey.


Africans in America: America's Journey Through Slavery  1998  3.7 ★ 360 mins Documentary Rated: NR
This documentary series recounts the history of slavery in America. The four episodes -- "The Terrible Transformation," "Revolution," "Brotherly Love" and "Judgment Day" -- span the years from 1450 to the end of the Civil War. The series explores the paradox at the heart of the American story: that a democracy declared all men equal but enslaved one group to provide prosperity to another.


How Stella Got Her Groove Back  1998  3.4 ★ 124 mins Comedies Rated: R
Stella, a stressed-out single mother and stock broker, gets a new lease on life when she takes a much-needed vacation to Jamaica and strikes up a steamy romance with a handsome younger man.


Africans in America: America's Journey Through Slavery: Disc 1  1998 120 mins Documentary Rated: NR
This disc includes the following episodes: "The Terrible Transformation" and " Revolution."


Africans in America: America's Journey Through Slavery: Disc 2  1998 120 mins Documentary Rated: NR
This disc includes the following episodes: "Brotherly Love" and "Judgment Day."


Africans in America: America's Journey Through Slavery: Disc 2  1998 120 mins Documentary Rated: NR
This disc includes the following episodes: "Brotherly Love" and "Judgment Day."


Africans in America: America's Journey Through Slavery: Disc 1  1998 120 mins Documentary Rated: NR
This disc includes the following episodes: "The Terrible Transformation" and " Revolution."


Africans in America: America's Journey Through Slavery  1998  3.7 ★ 360 mins TV Shows Rated: NR
This documentary series recounts the history of slavery in America. The four episodes -- "The Terrible Transformation," "Revolution," "Brotherly Love" and "Judgment Day" -- span the years from 1450 to the end of the Civil War. The series explores the paradox at the heart of the American story: that a democracy declared all men equal but enslaved one group to provide prosperity to another.


How Stella Got Her Groove Back  1998  3.4 ★ 124 mins Romance Rated: R
Stella, a stressed-out single mother and stock broker, gets a new lease on life when she takes a much-needed vacation to Jamaica and strikes up a steamy romance with a handsome younger man.


Contact  1997  3.6 ★ 149 mins Sci-Fi & Fantasy Rated: PG
When Dr. Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster) hears a signal being broadcast from outer space, the race is on to interpret humanity's first contact with alien intelligence in this adaptation of Carl Sagan's thoughtful novel about the divide between science and religion. Matthew McConaughey co-stars as Palmer Joss, a Christian philosopher who is Ellie's friend as well as her lover. Robert Zemeckis directs.


Contact Nominated For/Won Awards 1997  3.6 ★ 149 mins Sci-Fi & Fantasy Rated: PG RT:63%
When Dr. Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster) hears a signal being broadcast from outer space, the race is on to interpret humanity's first contact with alien intelligence in this adaptation of Carl Sagan's thoughtful novel about the divide between science and religion. Matthew McConaughey co-stars as Palmer Joss, a Christian philosopher who is Ellie's friend as well as her lover. Robert Zemeckis directs.


Vampire in Brooklyn  1995  2.9 ★ 102 mins Horror Movies Rated: R  starting 01-Mar-2015
Fright master Wes Craven and superstar funnyman Eddie Murphy meet in the middle for this horror-comedy featuring Murphy as Maximillian, the lone survivor of a race of vampires who comes to Brooklyn in search of a way to live past the next full moon. His ticket to survival is Rita (Angela Bassett), a NYPD detective who doesn't know she's half vampire -- and Maximillian will do whatever's necessary to put her under his spell.


Waiting to Exhale  1995  3.5 ★ 121 mins Drama Rated: R
Holding their breath waiting for the elusive "good man," four female friends and confidants -- each one cheated on, mistreated and stepped on by less-than-stellar lovers -- talk it all out, determined to find a better way to breathe.


Strange Days  1995  3.3 ★ 145 mins Sci-Fi & Fantasy Rated: R RT:62%
Ex-cop Lenny Nero (Ralph Fiennes) is a pusher of potent -- and illegal -- virtual-reality clips, peddling sex and violence to the masses in Los Angeles in this quasi-futuristic thriller set on the eve of the millennium. But when a high-profile murder shows up in his collection, Lenny is snared in a fast-paced manhunt. With the help of a friend (Angela Bassett), he stays ahead of danger and tries to protect an old flame (Juliette Lewis).


Waiting to Exhale  1995  3.5 ★ 121 mins Dramas Rated: R
Holding their breath waiting for the elusive "good man," four female friends and confidants -- each one cheated on, mistreated and stepped on by less-than-stellar lovers -- talk it all out, determined to find a better way to breathe.


Strange Days  1995  3.4 ★ 145 mins Sci-Fi & Fantasy Rated: R
Ex-cop Lenny Nero is a pusher of potent (and illegal) virtual-reality clips, peddling sex and violence to the masses in Los Angeles. But when a high-profile murder shows up in his collection, Lenny finds himself ensnared in a fast-paced manhunt.


Vampire in Brooklyn  1995  3.2 ★ 102 mins Horror Rated: R  until 01-Jan-2025   
Fright master Wes Craven and funnyman Eddie Murphy meet in the middle for this tale of a vampire who comes to Brooklyn in search of a way to live past the next full moon. His ticket to survival is a detective who doesn't know she's half-vampire.


What's Love Got to Do with It Nominated For/Won Awards 1993  3.7 ★ 118 mins Dramas Rated: R
Anna Mae Bullock (Angela Bassett) is a little girl with a man's voice, whose life changes forever when she meets slick musician Ike Turner (Laurence Fishburne). Ike grooms his budding star, marries her and renames her Tina. But repeated run-ins with his fists shatter her spirit. With nothing left but her name and her talent, she re-emerges on the pop scene at the top of her game. The film is based on Tina's best-selling autobiography "I, Tina."


What's Love Got to Do with It  1993  3.7 ★ 118 mins Drama Rated: R
Ike Turner meets a singer whom he grooms into a star, marries and renames Tina. But repeated run-ins with Ike's violent side shatter Tina's spirit. With nothing left but her name and her talent, she reemerges on the pop scene at the top of her game.


Innocent Blood  1992  3.0 ★ 112 mins Action & Adventure Rated: R
A sexy vampire (Anne Parillaud) neglects to finish off the mob boss (Robert Loggia) who was her latest snack. When he awakens to find he's a member of a new underworld family, he wastes no time turning his goons into ghouls. Director John Landis serves up his signature blend of gory violence and dark humor in this comical spin on vampire folklore. The supporting cast includes Chazz Palminteri, Anthony LaPaglia and comedian Don Rickles.


The Jacksons: An American Dream  1992  3.8 ★ 240 mins TV Shows Rated: NR
Before they were stars, the Jackson 5 were just ordinary kids born into a blue-collar family from Gary, Ind. Family patriarch Joe (Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs) knows they're destined for stardom, but their eventual fame brings problems of its own. Angela Bassett, Margaret Avery and Holly Robinson Peete co-star in this Emmy Award-winning miniseries that reveals the tumult and triumph behind one of the biggest acts in pop music history.


The Jacksons: An American Dream: Disc 1  1992 120 mins Drama Rated: NR
This disc includes the beginning of the program.


The Jacksons: An American Dream: Disc 2  1992 120 mins Drama Rated: NR
This disc includes the conclusion of the program.


The Jacksons: An American Dream  1992  3.8 ★ 240 mins Drama Rated: NR
Before they were stars, the Jackson 5 were just ordinary kids born into a blue-collar family from Gary, Ind. Family patriarch Joe (Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs) knows they're destined for stardom, but their eventual fame brings problems of its own. Angela Bassett, Margaret Avery and Holly Robinson Peete co-star in this Emmy Award-winning miniseries that reveals the tumult and triumph behind one of the biggest acts in pop music history.


Innocent Blood  1992  3.0 ★ 112 mins Horror Rated: R
A sexy vampire (Anne Parillaud) neglects to finish off the mob boss (Robert Loggia) who was her latest snack. When he awakens to find he's a member of a new underworld family, he wastes no time turning his goons into ghouls. Director John Landis serves up his signature blend of gory violence and dark humor in this comical spin on vampire folklore. The supporting cast includes Chazz Palminteri, Anthony LaPaglia and comedian Don Rickles.


Malcolm X  1992  3.8 ★ 201 mins Drama Rated: PG-13
Spike Lee's Oscar-nominated drama illuminates the life of black nationalist Malcolm X (Denzel Washington), following him from his early days in prison to his conversion to Islam, marriage to Betty Shabazz (Angela Bassett) and discovery of Elijah Mohammad's (Al Freeman Jr.) Nation of Islam writings. When Malcolm turns his back on the Nation of Islam (following a pilgrimage to Mecca), he becomes a murder target.


Malcolm X: Disc 2  1992  3.9 ★ 120 mins Drama Rated: PG-13
Spike Lee's Oscar-nominated drama illuminates the life of black nationalist Malcolm X (Denzel Washington), following him from his early days in prison to his conversion to Islam, marriage to Betty Shabazz (Angela Bassett) and discovery of Elijah Mohammad's (Al Freeman Jr.) Nation of Islam writings. When Malcolm turns his back on the Nation of Islam (following a pilgrimage to Mecca), he becomes a murder target.


Passion Fish Nominated For/Won Awards 1992  3.6 ★ 135 mins Dramas Rated: R  until 01-Jan-2025 
May-Alice Culhane (Mary McDonnell) is a soap opera star who's left paralyzed after a car accident and, left with few other options, returns to her Louisiana home. Her heavy drinking and bad attitude drive away all of her caregivers. That is, until Chantelle (Alfre Woodard) comes to work for her. The two women form an unlikely friendship in this John Sayles film, which earned McDonnell an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.


The Jacksons: An American Dream: Disc 1  1992 120 mins Drama Rated: NR
This disc includes the beginning of the program.


The Jacksons: An American Dream: Disc 2  1992 120 mins Drama Rated: NR
This disc includes the conclusion of the program.


Malcolm X Nominated For/Won Awards 1992  3.8 ★ 201 mins Dramas Rated: PG-13 RT:91%
Spike Lee's Oscar-nominated drama illuminates the life of black nationalist Malcolm X (Denzel Washington), following him from his early days in prison to his conversion to Islam, marriage to Betty Shabazz (Angela Bassett) and discovery of Elijah Mohammad's (Al Freeman Jr.) Nation of Islam writings. When Malcolm turns his back on the Nation of Islam (following a pilgrimage to Mecca), he becomes a murder target.


Boyz N the Hood: Bonus Material  1991  3.8 ★ 76 mins Dramas Rated: NR
This bonus disc includes many juicy extras, such as the exclusive documentary "Friendly Fire: Making of an Urban Legend," deleted scenes, music videos ("Growin' Up in the Hood" by Compton's Most Wanted and "Just Ask Me To" by Tevin Campbell), director and cast filmographies, theatrical trailers and more.


Boyz N the Hood Nominated For/Won Awards 1991  3.8 ★ 112 mins Dramas Rated: R RT:96%  until 01-Jan-2025 
In this thoughtful drama, a South Central Los Angeles high schooler struggles to stay straight in a community polluted by drugs, violence and racism -- and his cynical but devoted father will accept nothing less than the best from him.


Critters 4  1991  3.0 ★ 94 mins Horror Rated: PG-13
After being hunted nearly to extinction on Earth, the dangerous, razor-fanged fuzzballs are frozen and shot deep into space. When they are taken onto a space station more than 50 years later, the critters terrorize the scientists who are aboard. Fortunately, bounty hunter Charlie (Don Keith Opper) leads the fight to contain them. Angela Bassett, Brad Dourif and Terrence Mann star in this fourth and final installment of the Critters odyssey.


City of Hope  1991  3.1 ★ 132 mins Drama Rated: R
In Hudson City, N.J., whites, blacks, unions and the police form their own tribes and jockey for influence over pieces of hard-won turf. This drama's multifaceted storyline follows several residents (Vincent Spano, Tony Lo Bianco, Angela Bassett, Joe Morton and Chris Cooper, among others), whose paths intersect amidst the decaying city. Writer-director John Sayles has said that this pungent and evocative film is his most autobiographical piece.


Boyz N the Hood: Bonus Material  1991  3.8 ★ 76 mins Drama Rated: NR
This bonus disc includes many juicy extras, such as the exclusive documentary "Friendly Fire: Making of an Urban Legend," deleted scenes, music videos ("Growin' Up in the Hood" by Compton's Most Wanted and "Just Ask Me To" by Tevin Campbell), director and cast filmographies, theatrical trailers and more.


City of Hope Nominated For/Won Awards 1991  3.2 ★ 132 mins Dramas Rated: R
In Hudson City, N.J., whites, blacks, unions and the police form their own tribes and jockey for influence over pieces of hard-won turf. This drama's multifaceted storyline follows several residents (Vincent Spano, Tony Lo Bianco, Angela Bassett, Joe Morton and Chris Cooper, among others), whose paths intersect amidst the decaying city. Writer-director John Sayles has said that this pungent and evocative film is his most autobiographical piece.


Boyz N the Hood  1991  3.9 ★ 112 mins Drama Rated: R
In this thoughtful drama, a South Central Los Angeles high schooler struggles to stay straight in a community polluted by drugs, violence and racism -- and his cynical but devoted father will accept nothing less than the best from him.


Critters 4  1991  3.0 ★ 94 mins Horror Movies Rated: PG-13
After being hunted nearly to extinction on Earth, the dangerous, razor-fanged fuzzballs are frozen and shot deep into space. When they are taken onto a space station more than 50 years later, the critters terrorize the scientists who are aboard. Fortunately, bounty hunter Charlie (Don Keith Opper) leads the fight to contain them. Angela Bassett, Brad Dourif and Terrence Mann star in this fourth and final installment of the Critters odyssey.


Kindergarten Cop  1990  3.3 ★ 111 mins Action & Adventure Rated: PG-13
Hard-edged cop John Kimble gets more than he bargained for when he goes undercover as a kindergarten teacher to get the goods on a brutal drug lord while at the same time protecting the man's young son. Pitted against a class of boisterous moppets whose antics try his patience and test his mettle, Kimble may have met his match in more ways than one. Pamela Reed also stars in this engaging action comedy.


Perry Mason: The Case of the Silenced Singer  1990  3.6 ★ Dramas
Gorgeous singer Terri Knight (Vanessa Williams) has just been found murdered in her apartment. The first person everyone accuses is her husband, Jack (Tim Reid), who was recently seen arguing with her at her big tour concert in Denver. Jack calls upon Perry Mason (Raymond Burr), his former law school professor, for help clearing his name. Mason has his work cut out for him: everyone loved Terri in their own way, but she wasn't always so kind.


Kindergarten Cop  1990  3.3 ★ 111 mins Action & Adventure Rated: PG-13 RT:50%
Hard-edged cop John Kimble gets more than he bargained for when he goes undercover as a kindergarten teacher to get the goods on a brutal drug lord while at the same time protecting the man's young son. Pitted against a class of boisterous moppets whose antics try his patience and test his mettle, Kimble may have met his match in more ways than one. Pamela Reed also stars in this engaging action comedy.


F/X Nominated For/Won Awards 1986  3.5 ★ 108 mins Action & Adventure Rated: R
The Justice Department enlists special-effects wizard Rollie Tyler (Bryan Brown) for the most elaborate assignment of his lifetime -- to fake the murder of a high-profile mobster (Jerry Orbach) who's about to enter the witness protection program. But Tyler's hoax turns frighteningly real when he realizes he's been set up for murder. Meanwhile, a New York detective (Brian Dennehy) investigating the crime finds the FBI to be less than helpful.

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