September 2002 Movies




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Snipes

Director Rich Murray puts the Philadelphia hip-hop scene on the map with "Snipes", an urban crime thriller that breathes fresh life into the genre. Erik (Sam Jones III) is an ambitious teenager who spends more time posting flyers for his favorite rapper, Prolifik (Nelly), than sitting in the classroom. When he and his best friend stumble across a dead body one night, they trigger a series of tragic events. It turns out Prolifik, as well as the master tapes for his new record, have been kidnapped by a gang of thugs who want Bobby Starr (Dean Winters), the ruthless president of Prolifik's label, to dish out a meaty ransom. If he doesn't, they promise to make sure Bobby's uncle and chief investor, the dangerous Johnny Marandino (Frank Vincent), knows just how carelessly Bobby has been spending his money. Through a misunderstanding, Erik becomes the target of Bobby Starr, as well as the kidnappers. Fearful for his own life, as well as his father's, Erik must find a way to get his hands on the master tapes, before Bobby Starr gets his hands on him. Murray's energizing film boasts credible performances¯especially from rap superstar Nelly¯and a pulsating hip-hop soundtrack.

This film screened in April 2002 in New York City as part of the Gen Art Film Festival.
Nelly, Sam Jones III, Zoe Saldana, Dean Winters, Rashaan Nall, Schooly-D, Mpho Koaho
Drama Thriller Suspense
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City by the Sea

New York City homicide detective Vincent LaMarca has forged a long and distinguished career in law enforcement, making a name for himself as a man intensely committed to his work. But on his latest case, the stakes are higher for Vincent - the suspect he's investigating is his own son, Joey. Vincent and Joey have been painfully estranged ever since Vincent divorced Joey's mother and left the decaying boardwalks of Long Beach, Long Island for the anonymity of Manhattan and a successful career with the NYPD. He lives his life in solitude, keeping his girlfriend at arm's length; the closest relationship he maintains is with his partner, Reg - and Vincent makes sure that friendship stops at the precinct door. As long as Vincent lives in the protection of the present, he doesn't have to deal with the pain of his past - or his sorrow over his broken relationship with Joey. But this murder investigation is drawing Vincent home to Long Beach, the self-proclaimed "City by the Sea," where the past has been waiting for him to return. The agonizing memory that has tortured him all his life - the death of his father, a convicted murderer who was executed when Vincent was just a boy - still plagues him. In the course of the investigation, he discovers that his own unresolved pain and failures as a father have deeply influenced Joey's life, and the destructive choices he has made. As a cop, Vincent must bring a criminal to justice; as a father he must find a way to save his son. Now he will put his life on the line in order to do right by both his family and his profession.
Eliza Dushku, Michael Caton-Jones, Ken Hixon, Robert De Niro, James Franco, Matthew Baer, Brad Grey, Elie Samaha
Drama Crime Gangster

Swimfan

Ben Cronin is a high school senior who has just about everything going for him. He has a great girlfriend, Amy, and a swimming scholarship to Stanford in the works. Ben's life seems almost perfect. Then Madison, the alluring new girl in town, develops a crush on Ben, although she says she just wants to be friends. But it seems that Madison has an odd way of defining "friends." As Madison's obsession with Ben grows, his life begins to unravel. First, he is kicked off the swim team for using steroids that he swears he's never taken. Then, his best friend runs into troubled times and all clues lead to Ben. Finally, Ben is accused of endangering Amy's life and putting her in the hospital. Ben suspects that Madison is behind all of it. With no one on his side, Ben dives into investigating her past and finds some incredibly dark secrets. Convinced that Madison will do anything to ruin his life as well as the lives of those around him, Ben decides to set the record straight.
Jesse Bradford, Charlie Bohl, Erika Christensen, Kate Burton, Dan Hedaya, John Polson, Allison Lyon Segan, John Penotti
Thriller Suspense Horror Teen

The Banger Sisters

In the late '60s, the self-proclaimed belles of the rock 'n' roll ball (Goldie Hawn and Susan Sarandon) rocked the worlds of every music legend whose pants they could take off - and they have the pictures to prove it. But it's been more than two decades since The Banger Sisters earned their nickname - or even laid eyes on one another. Their reunion is the collision of two women's worlds; one who's living in the past, and one who's hiding from it. Together they learn the value of living in the moment.
Goldie Hawn, Mark Johnson, Eva Amurri, Bob Dolman, Elizabeth Cantillon, Geoffrey Rush
Drama Comedy

Ecks vs. Sever

Haunted by the mysterious death of his wife, reclusive former FBI manhunter Jeremiah Ecks (Antonio Banderas) is blackmailed back into service to track down an unstoppable ex-Defense Intelligence Agency operative, code-named Sever (Lucy Liu), who has kidnapped the young son of the head of a secret committee of international security agencies.
Lucy Liu, Terry Chen, Aidan Drummond, Gregg Henry, Ray Park, Talisa Soto
Thriller Crime
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Sweet Home Alabama

In this romantic comedy, a New York fashion designer suddenly finds herself engaged to the city's most eligible bachelor. But her past holds many secrets, including the redneck husband she married in high school, who refuses to divorce her. Bound and determined to end their contentious relationship once and for all, she sneaks back home to Alabama to confront her past, only to discover that you can take the girl out of the South, but you can never take the South out of the girl.
Reese Witherspoon, Andy Tennant, Rhona Mitra, Patrick Dempsey, Ethan Embry, Joshua Lucas, Fred Ward, Mary Kay Place
Comedy Romance

Moonlight Mile

When Joe Nast's (Jake Gyllenhaal) plans for marriage change due to an unexpected loss, he wants to be the man he believes everyone wants him to be - dutifully bereaved husband-to-be and perfect would-be son-in-law to Ben (Dustin Hoffman) and JoJo (Susan Sarandon). But when another woman unexpectedly enters his life, he's quickly torn between fulfilling his new role and following his heart.
Brad Silberling, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Ellen Pompeo
Drama

The Tuxedo

A New York City taxicab driver is hired to be a chauffeur for a mysterious man named Clark Devlin. When Devlin is hospitalized, the driver takes over Devlin's covert mission for the U.S. government: to uncover the secret scheme of bottled water broker Diedrich Banning. The driver also inherits Clark's computerized tuxedo, which gives its wearer supernatural powers of combat, camouflage and seduction.
Jackie Chan, Kevin Donovan, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jason Isaacs, Ritchie Coster, Debi Mazar
Action Adventure Comedy
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