Coach Carter (Dir. Thomas Carter, 2005): Inspired by a true story, Samuel L. Jackson and Ashanti star in this inspirational account of a high school basketball coach (Jackson) who received high praise - and staunch criticism - for benching his entire undefeated team due to their poor academic performance...
Shaft (Dir. John Singleton, 2000): Crooked cops on the take, small-time drug lords, sleazy informers and sadistic rich kids ready to kill: for police detective John Shaft, it's just another night in the underbelly of New York City, another shift facing down cops and criminals who want him dead and a legal system that thrives on money, not justice.
With Samuel L. Jackson in the starring role and John Singleton directing, Shaft is a new approach to one of the great film icons of the 1970s. He's tough, he's smart, he's cool - just what you'd expect from a man whose uncle and mentor is John Shaft, who, now as then, is played by Richard Roundtree.
Rules Of Engagement (Dir. William Friedkin, 2000): Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson deliver electrifying performances in this 'tense, superbly-directed and top-drawer drama' about what happens when the rules that command a soldier become the rules that condemn him.
Colonel Terry Childers (Jackson) is a patriot and war hero. But when a peacekeeping mission he leads in Yemen goes terribly wrong, he finds himself facing a court martial. Accused of breaking the rules of engagement by killing unarmed civilians, Childers' only hope of vindication rests with comrade-in-arms Hays Hodges (Tommy Lee Jones), a military lawyer of questionable abilities. Together, they face the battle of their lives.
Directed by Oscar-winning director William Friedkin and co-starring Guy Pearce, Bruce Greenwood, Anne Archer and Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley, Rules Of Engagement is "a magnificent movie you must see."
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