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2000-2009

Big Momma's House (2000)

Directed by Raja Gosnell. Cast: Martin Lawrence, Nia Long, PaulGiamatti, Jascha Washington, Terrence Dashon Howard, AnthonyAnderson, Ella Mitchell, Carl Wright, Phyllis Applegate. Atough-talking FBI agent is sent to Georgia to protect a singlemom and her son from an escaped convict. He goes incognito bydisguising himself as the woman's grandma. 98 min.
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Black Book (Zwartboek) (Netherlands / Germany / Belgium, 2006)

Directed by Paul Verhoeven. Cast: Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch, Thom Hoffman, Halina Reijn, Waldemar Kobus, Derek de Lint, Christian Berkel, Dolf de Vries, Peter Blok, Michiel Huisman. Rachel, a young Jewish girl hiding from the Nazi's during World War II in The Netherlands, sees her hiding place blown up. She escapes with her rescuer, a young sailor, but the boat sails into a trap set by the Germans. She escapes and joins the resistance, and under the false name Ellis de Vries she meets SS-hauptsturmfuhrer Ludwig Muntze on a train smuggling weapons.

Black Devil Doll (2007)

Directed by Jonathan Lewis. Cast:Heather Murphy, Natasha Talonz, ChristineSvendsen, Precious Cox, Erika Branich,Martin Boone. During an innocent game onthe Ouija board, Heather and her friendssummon the soul of a recently executedserial killer whose spirit is trapped in aflesh-hungry African American ventriloquistpuppet. "The meanest, nastiest, dirtiest,raunchiest, ass-kickin'est Afro-American... controversial exploitation film of thecentury" -- Container. 72 min. Credits and other information from the InternetMovie Database

Blasphemy: the Movie (2001)

Directed by John Mendoza. Cast: Carlos Leon, Tony Perez, Irene Olga Lopez, Karmin Murcelo. Set during Christmas, Blasphemy tells the story of what happens when Martin Garcia reveals to his devoutly religious parents that he doesn't believe in God. A chorus of Gods and prophets add to the chaos by commenting as the film unfolds. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 81 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

Directed by Larry Charles ; screenplay by Sacha Baron Cohen; produced by Sacha Baron Cohen, Jay Roach. Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen, Ken Davitian, Luenell, Pamela Anderson. Fictional Kazakhstani TV personality Borat is dispatched to the United States to report on the "greatest country in the world." With a documentary crew in tow, Borat becomes more interested in locating and marrying Pamela Anderson than in pursuing his assignment. In this mockumentary film his ignorance, prejudice, and boorish behavior produce humorous results.

Bordertown (2006)

Written and directed by Gregory Nava. Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Antonio Banderas, Martin Sheen, Maya Zapata, Juan Diego Botto, Sonia Braga. When a young girl is raped and left for dead in Mexico, she enlists the help of an ambitious reporter and a local newspaper owner for help. Soon their own lives are in danger as they try to uncover the terrors on the Juarez, Mexican/American border. Based on true events. Special features: "Exposing the Juarez murders: the making of Bordertown" ; "Dual Injustice," a WITNESS.org documentary short ; "La frontera" a documentary short from exec.

Boundaries (2000)

Directed by Greg Durbin. Cast: Maria Elena Jorda-Langfeldt, Navid Negahban. Angelica is pursued from Mexico to San Diego by a mute trombonist who pokes her relentlessly in the head with his trombone. At first she hates it, but after three years, she can't live without it. Her saga ends when he abandons her in a most unexpected way. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 19 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Boycott (TV, 2001)

Directed by Clark Johnson. Cast:Jeffrey Wright, Terrence Howard, C.C.H.Pounder, Carmen Ejogo, Reg E. Cathey, BrentJennings, Shawn Michael Howard, IrisLittle-Thomas, Erik Todd Dellums, MikeHodge. In the winter of 1955 in the deepsouth, Rosa Parks (1913-2005), a singleblack woman on a public bus, is arrestedwhen she chooses a "whites only" seat. Heraction and the reaction of the authoritieshelps birth the modern civil rightsmovement in the United States, and makesher an inspiring icon and lodestone to allinvolved with the struggle for equality,including a young Martin Luther King.

Bread and Roses (UK / France / Germany / Spain / Italy / Switzerland, 2000)

Director Ken Loach. Cast: Pilar Padilla, Adrien Brody, Elpidia Carrillo, George Lopez, Alonso Chavez, Monica Rivas. Maya is an illegal alien who has crossed the U.S. border from Mexico to search for her sister Rosa, and to begin a new life. After being reunited, Rosa gets Maya a job with a janitorial service in a large office building. While working, Maya happens upon Sam Shapiro, a muckraking lawyer and union agitator whom the service-workers' union has assigned to bring its "justice for janitors" campaign to the building.

Bright Young Things (UK, 2003)

Directed by Stephen Fry. Cast: Emily Mortimer, Stephen Campbell Moore, James McAvoy, Michael Sheen, David Tennant, Fenella Woolgar, Dan Aykroyd, Jim Broadbent, Simon Callow, Jim Carter, Stockard Channing, Richard E. Grant, Peter O'Toole. During the 1930's, the world of the British uppercrust society is one of nightclubs, dancing, jazz and speed. Their lives revolve around an endless series of parties and pleasure seeking, including motorcars, jazz bands, gossip journalism, drugs, and gramophones.

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