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1990-1999

A Million to Juan (1993)

Directed by Paul Rodriguez. Cast: Paul Rodriguez, Ruben Blades, Polly Draper, Gerardo, Cheech Marin, Edward James Olmos, Tony Plana, Paul Williams, Pepe Serna. Juan Lopez struggles to make an honest living and raise his son in the Los Angeles barrio. Threatened with deportation, dumped by his girlfriend and faced with losing his home, Juan seems unable to get a break when, suddenly, a mysterious stranger hands him a million-dollar check, with instructions that he must return it in one month.

A Price Above Rubies (UK / USA, 1998)

Written and directed by Boaz Yakin. Featuring Renee Zellweger, Julianna Margules, Christopher Eccleston. Sonia is a young woman who always did just what was expected: she married the right man, moved to the right neighborhood and had a beautiful baby. And yet, when she discovers an exciting world beyond her tightly knit community, it sparks a growing desire for independence that threatens the security of the life she knows. 119 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

A Time to Kill (1996)

Directed by Joel Schumacher. Cast: Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey, Brenda Fricker, OliverPlatt, Charles S. Dutton, Ashley Judd, Patrick McGoohan, Donald Sutherland. A murder trial brings a small Mississippi town's racial tension to the flashpoint. Amid a frenzy of activist marches, Klan terror, media clamor and brutal riots, an unseasoned but idealistic young attorney mounts a stirring courtroom battle for justice. Based on the novel by John Grisham. 150 min.

Above the Rim (1994)

Directed by Jeff Pollack. Cast: Duane Martin, Leon, Tupac Shakur, Marlon Wayans. Kyle Lee Watson is an inner-city highschool basketball star torn between college and the lure of the streets. During an important championship play-off game, Kyle grandstands to catch the attention of a Georgetown college scout. Instead, he impresses Birdie, a powerful gang leader who is assembling a team to compete in the neighborhood Shoot-Out contest, a high-stakes street basketball tournament for the bragging rights of the city. 97min.

Aimee & Jaguar (Germany, 1999)

Directed by Max Faberbock. Cast: Maria Schrader, Juliane Kohler, Heike Makatsch, Johanna Wokalek, Elisabeth Degen, Detlev Buck. Based on true events during the Battle of Berlin in World War II, about two women who find each other. One is single, Aimee, the other, Jaguar, is unhappily married with 4 children. In war torn Germany it was not safe to be Jewish, it was just as unsafe to be a lesbian. When Jaguar's husband, who is a German soldier, finds out about the relationship of his wife to Aimee, nothing but trouble ensues. 125 min.

Aladdin (Walt Disney Pictures, 1992)

Directors: Ron Clements and John Musker. An animated musical film set in the mythical city of Agrabah, the story follows a street-smart peasant, Aladdin, and his mischievous pet monkey, Abu, through magical adventures. Credits: produced and directed by John Musker, Ron Clements; co-producer, Donald W. Ernst; songs, Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, Alan Menken and Tim Rice.

All My Loved Ones (Vsichni moji blizci) (Czech Republic / Slovakia / Poland, 1999)

Directed by Matej Minac. Cast: Josef Abraham, Libuse Safrankova, Jiri Bartoska, Ondrej Vetchy, Branislav Holicek, Lucia Culkova, Tereza Brodska, Marian Labuda, Rupert Graves. Inspired by the real life heroics of Nicholas Winton who saved hundreds of Czech Jewish children from the Nazis. The Silberstein's are a large and close knit extended family living in Czechoslovakia. Believing in the decency of mankind, they don't pay heed to the Nazi threat. They finally realize the true horror of what is coming, but it is too late.

American Me (1992)

Directed by Edward James Olmos. Cast: Edward James Olmos, William Forsythe, Pepe Serna, Evelina Fernandez. Inspired by a true life story, this is the story of a vicious Latino prison gang leader, Santana, who becomes the leader of the Mexican Mafia while in Folsom prison and is doomed by his past to a life of harsh, unforgiving violence after his release from jail. 125 min. Credits and other information from Internet Movie Database

Amexicano (1994)

Directed by Matthew Bonifacio. Cast: Carmine Famiglietti, Raul Castillo, Jennifer Pena, Michael Aronov, Manny Perez. When blue-collar Italian-American Bruno loses his job, he finds himself working alongside illegal aliens in the landscaping business. After befriending Ignacio and his wife Gabriela, he develops a respect and admiration for them as they work to improve their lives, but the specter of deportation continues to loom large. 84 min. Credits and other information from Internet Movie Database

Amistad (1998)

Directed by Steven Spielberg. Cast: Morgan Freeman, Nigel Hawthorne, Anthony Hopkins, Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey, David Paymer, Pete Postlethwaite, Stellan Skarsgard. Based on true events, this film chronicles the 1839 revolt on board a slave ship bound for America. When the ship, La Amistad, is recaptured the Black Africans are brought to the United States where they are charged with murder.

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