Academy Award winner Denzel Washington, Academy Award nominee Clive Owen and Academy Award winner Jodie Foster star in this intense and explosive crime thriller. The perfect bank robbery quickly spirals into an unstable and deadly game of cat-and-mouse between a criminal mastermind (Owen), a determined detective (Washington), and a power broker with a hidden agenda (Foster). As the minutes tick by and the situation becomes increasingly tense, one wrong move could mean disaster for any one of them. From acclaimed director Spike Lee comes the edge-of-your-seat, action-packed thriller that The Wall Street Journal calls "a heist film that's right on the money."
A man is mysteriously exonerated after being kidnapped and imprisoned for twenty years without explanation. Academy Award® nominee Josh Brolin stars in this macabre thriller as a man in desperate search for the truth behind his capture. Inspired by the work of Park Chan-Wook, Academy Award® nominated filmmaker Spike Lee presents this unique adaptation of the graphic cult classic. The film also costars Elisabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley.
Filmmaker Spike Lee, star Denzel Washington (the New York, Boston and Chicago Film Critics' choice as 1992's Best Actor) and other talents vividly portray the life and times of the visionary leader. "One of the decade's best and most important films." (Arch Campbell, WRC-TV/Washington D.C.) One of the most charismatic and politically controversial voices in history, Malcolm X burst into the public consciousness with a radical perspective on race relations in America. His inspiring and enlightening ideologies touched and continue to influence the lives of millions. The New York Film Critic's Circle awarded Denzel Washington Best Actor for his role in what Newsday calls "an extraordinary movie...powerful and compelling. Denzel Washington's performance is a tour de force!"
Academy Award-nominee Edward Norton (Best Actor, 1999, American History X) heads an amazing all-star cast in the critically acclaimed Spike Lee (Summer of Sam, Do the Right Thing) film 25th Hour. In 24 short hours Monty Brogan (Norton) goes to prison for seven long years. Once a king of Manhattan, Monty is about to say good-bye to the life he knew -- a life that opened doors to New York's swankest clubs but also alienated him from the people closest to him. In his last day on the outside, Monty tries to reconnect with his father (Brian Cox, The Bourne Identity), and gets together with two old friends, Jacob (Philip Seymour Hoffman, Almost Famous) and Slaughtery (Barry Pepper, The Green Mile). And then there's his girlfriend, Naturelle (Rosario Dawson, Men In Black 2), who might (or might not) have been the one who tipped off the cops. Monty's not sure of much these days, but with time running out, there are choices to be made as he struggles to redeem himself in the 25th hour.
This powerful visual feast combines humor and drama with memorable characters while tracing the course of a single day on a block in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn. It's the hottest day of the year, a scorching 24-hour period that will change the lives of its residents forever. Danny Aiello co-stars in this absorbing tale of inner-city life that heats up with vivid images and unforgettable performances.
A young African-American couple navigates the tricky paths of romance and athletics in this drama. Quincy McCall and Monica Wright grew up in the same neighborhood and have known each other since childhood. As they grow into adulthood, they fall in love; but they also share another all-consuming passion: basketball. They have followed the game all their lives and have no small amount of talent on the court. As Quincy and Monica struggle to make their relationship work, they follow separate paths though high school and college and, they hope, into stardom in big-league professional ball. Starring Omar Epps (TV's "House"), Sanaa Lathan ("AVP: Alien vs. Predator"), Dennis Haysbert (TV's "The Unit," TV's "24") and Alfre Woodard (TV's "Miss Evers' Boys"). More than just a film about sports, "Love and Basketball" did well on the festival circuit, winning the Humanitas Prize at Sundance, an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay and an Image Award for Sanaa Lathan.
Twenty-five years after Michael Jackson's visionary BAD album and tour left an indelible mark on pop culture, BAD25 takes you back inside the recording sessions, film shoots and sold-out stadiums for an intimate look at the King Of Pop's creative genius. Poignant and candid, the documentary directed by Spike Lee goes beyond paying homage to the record-setting album featuring such iconic songs as "Bad" and "Man In The Mirror." Using never-before-seen footage and candid interviews with subjects ranging from Martin Scorsese, Mariah Carey and Sheryl Crow to Stevie Wonder, Questlove and Kanye West, Lee chronicles what became not only a watershed moment in Michael Jackson's growth as an artist but in popular music as well. The New York Times called BAD25 "filled with oh-wow moments," while Time lauded the film as "an intimate view of a performer at his peak in the intense splendor of creativity.
Harper Stewart (Taye Diggs) is a commitment-shy writer and the best man at the wedding of Lance (Morris Chestnut) and Mia (Monica Calhoun). Unfortunately for Harper, the timing couldn't be worse. His new book is coming out and it chronicles his college life with his friends in a less than perfect light. The wedding party reunites college buddies Quentin (Terrence Howard), Murch (Harold Perrineau) and love interest Jordan (Nia Long). As the celebration weekend nears, scandalous secrets begin to reveal themselves... for better or for worse.
It didn't get any hotter than the summer of 1977 in New York City. As temperatures soared well into the hundreds for endless days, the city was seared by its own heat, sweat and energy. With the unrelenting swelter, things started to change in the city and it made everybody a little tense and crazy. Looters poured into the streets as a blackout plunged New York into darkness and fear; a mysterious psychopath began gunning down strangers in the night at random. With trademark virtuosity, filmmaker Spike Lee goes into the throbbing heart of the Bronx during this unbelievable summer to paint a portrait that is both intimate and panoramic. John Leguizamo, Adrien Brody, Mira Sorvino and Jennifer Esposito lead an ensemble cast in "Summer of Sam," which chronicles how Son of Sam's plague of terror disintegrated a neighborhood, turned friends against each other and transformed trust into dread. The summer of 1977 turned into the SUMMER OF SAM.
Michael Jackson, the greatest entertainer who ever lived, makes his mark with his first solo album as an adult — Off The Wall — but to tell the story of this album you have to go back to the beginning. This film, directed by Spike Lee, starts with a glimpse into Michael’s evolution from the early days as a member of the Jackson Five to the point Michael decides it is finally time to release his first solo album — featuring his own music and with him having ultimate creative control. Spike then offers an in-depth look at each of the individual tracks on this seminal album, the cultural significance of Off The Wall and the impact it continues to have on today’s artists. The individuals who were interviewed for the documentary include some of today’s most important artists, e.g., John Legend, Pharrell Williams, The Weeknd and Mark Ronson, as well as other cultural icons, such as Lee Daniels, Misty Copeland, Kobe Bryan, and L.A. Reid. It is clear that the influence of The King of Pop and Off The Wall continue to be felt today.
Fort Greene, Brooklyn was home base to an extraordinary community of black and Hispanic artists in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Spike Lee, Chris Rock, Rosie Perez, rapper Talib Kweli, artist Lorna Simpson, jazzman Branford Marsalis, rock guitarist Vernon Reid, and poet/rocker Saul Williams are just some of the talent that resided in the area. Writer and narrator Nelson George, a Fort Greene resident since 1985, takes us on an intimate journey with old friends who tell the story of what Spike calls "Brooklyn’s equivalent to the Harlem renaissance." Filmed in beautiful Fort Greene Park, lovely brownstone homes, and comfy cafés, the film explores why this black bohemian community grew, prospered and ultimately influenced a generation of artists.
After the murder of a child by a stray bullet, a group of women led by Lysistrata (Teyonah Parris) organise against the on-going violence in Chicago's southside, creating a movement that challenges the nature of race, sex and violence in America and around the world.
The house is rockin' and the laughs are rollin' as comedians Steve Harvey (The Steve Harvey Show), D. L. Hughley (The Hughleys), Cedric The Entertainer (The Steve Harvey Show) and Bernie Mac (Life) meet in this riotously comedy summit directed by Spike Lee. Inspired by the highest-grossing comedy tour in history, The Original Kings of Comedy captures four of today's hottest stand-ups live and uncensored, and in engaging backstage footage and interviews. Emcee Steve Harvey and his fellow funnymen take rib-tickling aim at sports personalities, church services, bill collectors, hip-hop and much more. For comedy fans and anyone who could use two hours of non-stop laughs, The Original Kings of Comedy is a royal treat.
The Legend of AJ1 explores the dynamic journey of the Air Jordan 1 from its unlikely beginnings to its role in disrupting long- established rules of the NBA, changing the game of basketball, birthing sneaker culture and influencing a social and Cultural Revolution. Highlighting icons from across the cultural spectrum — including Spike Lee, Anthony Anderson, Michael B. Jordan, DJ Khaled, Lena Waithe, Kenya Barris, Jason Sudeikis, NBA stars Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook, hip-hop legend Chuck D, as well as rising stars Gizzle, Christian Combs, and Kid Ink, and many more — the film takes a raw and riveting look at a movement that so heavily shaped the culture in which we live.
This epic story of the rise of three of the most successful boxers of our time challenges the perception of "The American Dream" through the intimately personal life trajectories of Evander Holyfield, Bernard Hopkins and Mike Tyson. Much like modern day gladiators, our protagonists come from the bottom rungs of society, choosing the path of boxing or "the poor man's sport", as a last resort, and an alternative to much bleaker options such as prison or, worse yet, death. Following these fighters’ paths from success to self-discovery, they recount their battles while illuminating America's most critical social issues, including the struggle with poverty, racial inequality, broken homes, drug and alcohol abuse, violence and the failures of America's educational and prison systems. 'Champs' unearths the unique resilience of these men in the face of life’s most difficult obstacles - from personal finance to sustained brain injury and highlights how American society and their industry exalts their fleeting success, but leaves them without the skills, protections, medical care and training that they need to succeed outside of the ring. We call them “champs” in sport, but cannot help but ask whether they can truly be champions in life.
When biotech exec Jack (Anthony Mackie, 8 Mile) blows the whistle on his greedy drug-conglomerate bosses (Woody Harrelson, Natural Born Killers, and Ellen Barkin, Sea of Love) over an insider-tradingscandal, he gets more than he bargained for. Once this playa is played, he finds himself hitting rock bottom when an old flame, Fatima (Kerry Washington, Save the Last Dance), blows back into his life with the ultimate job offer: father her child, no strings attached. Teaming up to turn the tables on corporate culture, he sets up shop as a stud-for-hire at 10 G's a pop for a bevy of wealthy lesbians. When Jack delivers the goods, even his ex's glamazon gal pals can't resist his considerable...charms. Torn between love and money, Jack chases his American Dream all the way to the bank. Butthings heat up when Jack impregnates the Mafia daughter (Monica Bellucci, The Matrix Reloaded) of anotorious boss (John Turturro, Secret Window), triggering the FBI to expose Jack's cash-cow scheme.
Academy Award®-winner Denzel Washington (Best Actor, 2001, Training Day) stars in this must-see story about a convict given one shot at a second chance to be a father! With promises of a reduced sentence, Jake Shuttlesworth (Washington) is granted temporary release from state prison in order to persuade the nation's top basketball recruit ... his estranged son, Jesus (Ray Allen of NBA's Milwaukee Bucks), to play ball for the governor's alma mater! But just as Jesus faces intense pressures and irresistible temptations contemplating his big decision, Jake is also forced to consider not only what's best for himself ... but what's best for his son! With a groundbreaking soundtrack by the legendary Public Enemy -- plus great cameos from John Turturro and basketball personalities Dick Vitale, John Thompson, Dean Smith, and more, He Got Game is a critically acclaimed hit you don't want to miss!
A "clocker" is a 24-hour drug dealer, and Strike (Mekhi Phifer) is the hardest-working one on the streets. But for Strike, time is running out. When the local drug kingpin (Delroy Lindo) tips Strike off about an opportunity for advancement, a rival dealer ends up dead, and Strike suddenly finds himself caught between two homicide detectives. One is Mazilli (John Turturro), who's only looking for an easy bust. The other is Rocco (Harvey Keitel), who's looking for something much harder to find - the truth - and when Strike's law-abiding brother confesses to the murder, Rocco vows not to rest until he's sure the real shooter is behind bars. Director Spike Lee, producer Martin Scorsese and writer Richard Price, along with music by Seal, Marc Dorsey, Des'ree and Chaka Khan, deliver a film so riveting, you'll feel it grab you by the collar and toss you into the middle of an urban battlefield, prompting Jeffrey Lyons of Sneak Previews to call it "One of 1995's most powerful films."
Spike Lee’s stylized thriller DA SWEET BLOOD OF JESUS is a new kind of love story. Dr. Hess Green (Stephen Tyrone Williams) becomes cursed by a mysterious ancient African artifact and is overwhelmed with a newfound thirst for blood. He however is not a vampire. Soon after his transformation he enters into a dangerous romance with Ganja Hightower (Zaraah Abrahams) that questions the very nature of love, addiction, sex, and status in our seemingly sophisticated society.