Tag Archives: Ice Cube

Boyz N the Hood

ONCE UPON A TIME IN SOUTH CENTRAL L.A… IT AIN’T NO FAIRY TALE. John Singleton’s first film has become a classic portrait of African-American youth, following Tre in South Central Los Angeles from childhood to manhood, enduring violence, guns, racist cops and the consequences of broken families – but there’s also typical teenage issues and … Continue reading Boyz N the Hood

John Singleton, 1968–2019

In the clip above, director John Singleton talks about the process he went through writing the movie that launched his career, Boyz N the Hood (1991). He followed the old rule “write what you know” and grounded the film in South Los Angeles, the place where he grew up. Boyz N the Hood earned Singleton an Oscar nomination … Continue reading John Singleton, 1968–2019

xXx: Return of Xander Cage

GUNS, GIRLS, GLOBAL DOMINATION.  After a satellite is deliberately made to crash in Brazil, the CIA tracks down Xander Cage (Vin Diesel), who’s faked his death; he and his team must now find a lost device that controls satellites. This second sequel to xXx (2002) came 12 years after the last one and brings Diesel … Continue reading xXx: Return of Xander Cage

Three Kings

IN A WAR WITHOUT HEROES THEY ARE KINGS. After the Gulf War, a group of Army officers get their hands on a document showing the location of bunkers that might contain gold bullion that Iraqi soldiers stole from Kuwait… Director David O. Russell’s first major critical breakthrough may look like Kelly’s Heroes (1970) on paper, … Continue reading Three Kings

22 Jump Street

THEY’RE NOT 21 ANYMORE. Schmidt and Jenko (Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum) are back undercover, this time at a college where they’re looking for a dealer who’s been supplying students with a deadly new drug. The sequel to 21 Jump Street (2012) has such a loose attitude that it’s a wonder the two stars even remember … Continue reading 22 Jump Street

21 Jump Street

THEY THOUGHT THE STREETS WERE MEAN. THEN THEY WENT BACK TO HIGH SCHOOL.  Best buddies Schmidt and Jenko (Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum) are assigned to an undercover unit that infiltrates high schools, but as they hunt for drug dealers they also grapple with the overwhelming emotions of being teens again. A completely irreverent take on … Continue reading 21 Jump Street

Ghosts of Mars

YOU DON’T STAND A GHOST OF A CHANCE. In 2176, Melanie Ballard (Natasha Henstridge) and fellow cops are assigned to transfer James Williams (Ice Cube) to a prison on Mars, but are faced with ghosts of the planet’s original inhabitants. Director John Carpenter showed a new low by virtually remaking Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) and setting it … Continue reading Ghosts of Mars

xXx: State of the Union

THE GREATEST THREAT TO OUR NATION COMES FROM WITHIN.  After an attack on the NSA, Augustus Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson) hires a new XXX agent, an imprisoned former Navy SEAL (Ice Cube); they soon stumble onto a huge military conspiracy. Vin Diesel’s agent has been killed off for this sequel and Ice Cube is here … Continue reading xXx: State of the Union