|8 Mile 2002 R, 118 min.|
Genre: Drama / Musical
Director: Curtis Hanson
Cast: Eminem, Kim Basinger, Mekhi Phifer, Brittany Murphy, Eugene Byrd, Omar Benson Miller, Taryn Manning, De'Angelo Wilson, Chloe Greenfield, Larry Hudson, Evan Jones, Proof, Mike Bell, Michael Shannon, DJ Head
Eminem takes on the role of a total loser, Jimmy Smith Jr, who lives in the rundown Detroit neighborhood of 8 Mile. Better known as "Rabbit," Jimmy is determined to overcome his problems with stage fright and become a successful rapper. Eminem's song "Lose Yourself" won the Academy Award for Best Song.
|Brian's Song 2001 TV, 90 min.|
Director: John Gray
Cast: Mekhi Phifer, Sean Maher, Ben Gazzara, Elise Neal, Janessa Crimi, Aidan Devine, Dean McDermott, Michael Boisvert, Jeff Ironi, Paula Cale, Shane Daly, Bruce Gooch, Craig Eldridge, Michael Millar, Shawn Lawrence
This remake of the great, TV version of 1970 tells the story of Brian Piccolo's (Sean Maher) losing battle with cancer and of the close friendship between him and on-field rival Gale Sayers (Mekhi Phifer).
|Carmen: A Hip Hopera 2001 PG-13, 88 min.|
Director: Robert Townsend
Cast: Beyonce Knowles, Mekhi Phifer, Mos Def, Rah Digga, Joy Bryant, Jermaine Dupri, Wyclef Jean, Da Brat, Bow Wow, Casey Lee, Troy Winbush, Sam Sarpong
The Prosper Merimee novel is filmed again, this time updated to modern-day L.A. Policeman Derrick Hill is ordered by his corrupt boss to arrest aspiring actress Carmen (Beyonce Knowles) for involvement in a bar incident. He falls in love with her, and she leads him down the road to ruin.
|Clockers 1995 R, 129 min.|
Director: Spike Lee
Cast: Harvey Keitel, John Turturro, Delroy Lindo, Keith David, Mekhi Phifer, Isaiah Washington, Regina Taylor, Mike Starr, Spike Lee
Violence spirals out of control in this film adaptation of Richard Price's novel about a young Black man who may–or may not–have murdered a drug dealer. Will policemen (Harvey Keitel and John Turturro) determine if it is Strike (Mekhi Phifer), his brother Victor (Isaiah Washington), or someone else who committed the crime?
|Dawn of the Dead 2004 R, 100 min.|
Genre: Drama / Horror / Sci-Fi / Thriller
Director: Zack Snyder
Cast: Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Jake Weber, Mekhi Phifer, Ty Burrell, Michael Kelly, Kevin Zegers, Michael Barry, Lindy Booth, Tom Savini, Scott H. Reiniger, Ken Foree, Jayne Eastwood, Boyd Banks, R.D. Reid
A virus has hit the U.S. resulting in corpses turning into blood-thirsty zombies. Ana (Sarah Polley) returns from her nursing duties and finds that her husband has been turned into a zombie. She escapes but finds zombies everywhere she goes. Ana is rescued by a cop, Kenneth (Ving Rhames), and then joins a small group of survivors, including Michael (Jack Weber) and Andre (Mekhi Phifer). They head for Crossroads Mall where they enjoy a few minutes of peace–until zombies arrive on the scene. Using a shuttle buss, they ram their way out of the mall and head for the boat docks hoping to find safety on an island. But, will they find that the island is really free from zombies?
|Hell's Kitchen 1998 R, 100 min.|
Director: Tony Cinciripini
Cast: Rosanna Arquette, William Forsythe, Angelina Jolie, Mekhi Phifer, Johnny Whitworth, Stephen Payne, Jade Yorker, Michael Nicolosi, Ryan Slater, Sharif Rashed, Martin Shakar, Ricky Tyberg
This film opens with a robbery attempt in which only one of the perpetrators, Johnny (Mekhi Phifer), survives. Then the story skips ahead to the end of Johnny's five-year prison sentence when he is released from jail and returns home to his dysfunctional former friends and his family. Despite the odds, Johnny tries to make a life for himself as a boxer by training with former heavyweight champ Lou (William Forsythe).
|High School High 1996 PG-13, 86 min.|
Director: Hart Bochner
Cast: Tia Carrere, Louise Fletcher, Jon Lovitz, John Neville, Mekhi Phifer, Malinda Williams, Guillermo Diaz, Lexie Bigham, Natasha Gregson Wagner, Marco Rodriguez
An idealistic teacher opts for teaching in a tough, inner-city school.
|Honey 2003 PG-13, 94 min.|
Genre: Drama / Musical / Romance
Director: Bille Woodruff
Cast: Jessica Alba, Mekhi Phifer, Joy Bryant, Lil' Romeo, David Moscow, Lonette McKee, Zachary Williams, Jull Weber, Laurie Ann Gibson, Christian Monzon, Al Shearer, O'Neal McNight, Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Anthony Sherwood, Wes Williams
Strong, sexy hip-hop dancer and music-video choreographer Honey Daniels (Jessica Alba) enjoys a glamorous lifestyle. But, success has taken its toll on her past relationships, and Honey must make a decision between glittering success and family and friends who she has excluded from her life. Honey chooses to return to her roots and plans to start a dancing school with a group of neighborhood kids.
|I Still Know What You Did Last Summer 1998 R, 96 min.|
Genre: Horror / Thriller / Mystery
Director: Danny Cannon
Cast: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Brandy Norwood, Freddie Prinze Jr., Mekhi Phifer, Muse Watson, Bill Cobbs, Matthew Settle, Jennifer Esposito, Red West, Jeffrey Combs, John Hawkes, Ellerine Harding, Benjamin Brown, Michael P. Byrne, Michael Bryan French
This is the sequel to "I Know What You Did Last Summer." It stars Jennifer Love Hewitt as Julie James, a survivor of the original film, who heads for a Bahamas vacation with her friends, Karla (Brandy Norwood), Tyrell (Mekhi Phifer), and Will (Matthew Settle). Once there, they run head on into a stalker–with a hook for a hand that he uses to send his message.
|Impostor 2001 PG-13, 96 min.|
Genre: Sci-Fi / Action / Drama / Thriller
Director: Gary Fleder
Cast: Gary Sinise, Madeleine Stowe, Vincent D'Onofrio, Tony Shalhoub, Mekhi Phifer, Tim Guinee, Shane Brolly, Lindsay Crouse, Gary Dourdan, Tracey Walter, Elizabeth Pena, Jason Beck, Golden Brooks, Ivana Milicevic, Diane Mizota
The year is 2079, and respected scientist Spencer John Olham (Gary Sinise) has invented the ultimate weapon to fight aliens–just in time for agent Hathaway (Vincent D'Onofrio) to accuse him of being an alien himself. Now, it is up to Olham to clear his name.
|A Lesson Before Dying 1999 PG-13, 101 min.|
Director: Joseph Sargent
Cast: Don Cheadle, Cicely Tyson, Mekhi Phifer, Irma P. Hall, Brent Jennings, Lisa Arrindell Anderson, Frank Hoyt Taylor, Stuart Culpepper, Patty Mack, Elijah Kelley
Set in the South during the 1940s, Don Cheadle plays the role of Grant Wiggins–a teacher, who at the request of a condemned man's mother, Miss Emma (Irma P. Hall) and aunt Tante Lou (Cicely Tyson), goes to visit Jefferson (Mekhi Phifer) daily while he awaits execution. Jefferson was wrongly convicted in a brutal trial that took away his dignity; it falls on Wiggins to help restore this black man's self esteem.
|O 2001 R, 95 min.|
Director: Tim Blake Nelson
Cast: Mekhi Phifer, Josh Hartnett, Julia Stiles, Elden Henson, Andrew Keegan, Rain Phoenix, John Heard, Martin Sheen, Anthony Johnson, Chris Freihofer
Shakespeare's tragedy, "Othello," takes place in modern-day Charleston's exclusive Palmetto Grove Academy. The only Black student–recruited basketball star Odin James (Mekhi Phifer)–is approached by a jealous friend, Hugo Goulding (Josh Hartnett), who tells Odin that his girlfriend, Desi Brable (Julia Stiles), is cheating on him. This leads to a domino effect as suspicions lead from one tragedy to the next.
|Paid in Full 2002 R, 95 min.|
Director: Charles Stone III
Cast: Wood Harris, Mekhi Phifer, Esai Morales, Kevin Carroll, Cam'ron, Chi McBride, Elise Neal, Regina Hall, Jonas Chernick, Remo Greene
The rise and fall of Ace (Wood Harris) in the drug world of 1980s' Harlem is the subject of this well-acted film.
|Slow Burn 2007 R, 93 min.|
Genre: Drama / Thriller
Director: Wayne Beach
Cast: Ray Liotta, LL Cool J, Mekhi Phifer, Jolene Blalock, Guy Torry, Taye Diggs, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Bruce McGill, Frank Schorpion, Donny Falsetti, Barbara Alexander, Joe Grifasi, Richard Jutras, Arthur Holden, Fisher Stevens
District Attorney Ford Cole (Ray Liotta) has plans to run for mayor when he learns that his assistant D.A. and lover Nora Timmer (Jolene Blalock) has been arrested for killing a record store employee (Mekhi Phifer). Nora claims self-defense, but Cole's bid for mayor is in jeopardy. Then a stranger Luther Pinks (LL Cool J) presents another version of Nora's story. Other suspects rise to the fore, and the complex web of deceit continues.
|Soul Food 1997 R, 115 min.|
Genre: Drama / Comedy
Director: George Tillman Jr.
Cast: Vanessa Williams, Vivica A. Fox, Nia Long, Michael Beach, Mekhi Phifer, Brandon Hammond, Jeffrey D. Sams, Irma P. Hall, Carl Wright, John M. Watson Sr., Gina Ravera, Mel Jackson, Morgan Mechelle Smith, M.T. Alexander, Lawrence Petty
The story of members of an African American family living in Chicago is seen through the eyes of young Ahmad (Brandon Hammond) who has the innate ability to perceive beyond what people intend for others to see.
|This Christmas 2007 PG-13, 117 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama
Director: Preston A. Whitmore II
Cast: Delroy Lindo, Idris Elba, Loretta Devine, Chris Brown, Keith Robinson, Laz Alonso, Columbus Short, Sharon Leal, Lauren London, Lupe Ontiveros, Jessica Stroup, Mekhi Phifer, Regina King, David Banner, Ricky Harris
When the Whitfield family gathers together for Christmas at their mother Shirley "Ma' Dere's" (Loretta Devine) home in Los Angeles, they bring plenty of baggage with them–including divorce, pregnancy, an arrest, and debts. "Ma'Dere" wants to believe her children are perfect, but secrets are revealed. Despite all their problems, which now includes a badly cooked meal, family members do bond and discover what "family" really means.
|The Tuskegee Airmen 1995 PG-13, 110 min.|
Director: Robert Markowitz
Cast: Laurence Fishburne, Allen Payne, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Courtney B. Vance, John Lithgow, Andre Braugher, Christopher McDonald, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Cuba Gooding Jr., Mekhi Phifer, Jack Dwyer, Eddie Braun, Christopher Bevins, Max Daniels, James Field
In 1942, college graduates trained to be pilots in the Army Air Corps at the Tuskegee training base. This made-for-cable TV film tells the story of an air fighter squadron made up entirely of African Americans. During World War II, members had to overcome prejudice and hatred to become a solid fighting team and contribute to victory.
|1. 8 Mile (2002)|
2. Brian's Song (2001)
3. Carmen: A Hip Hopera (2001)
4. Clockers (1995)
5. Dawn of the Dead (2004)
6. Hell's Kitchen (1998)
7. High School High (1996)
8. Honey (2003)
9. I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)
10. Impostor (2001)
11. A Lesson Before Dying (1999)
12. O (2001)
13. Paid in Full (2002)
14. Slow Burn (2007)
15. Soul Food (1997)
16. This Christmas (2007)
17. The Tuskegee Airmen (1995)
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