Common

Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. (born March 13, 1972), better known by his stage name Common (formerly Common Sense), is an American hip hop recording artist, actor, film producer and poet from Chicago, Illinois.

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Now You See Me (2013)

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An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Louis Leterrier
CAST:  Jesse Eisenberg  •  Mark Ruffalo  •  Woody Harrelson  •  Isla Fisher

American Gangster (2007)

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Following the death of his employer and mentor, Bumpy Johnson, Frank Lucas establishes himself as the number one importer of heroin in the Harlem district of Manhattan. He does so by buying heroin directly from the source in South East Asia and he comes up with a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ridley Scott
CAST:  Denzel Washington  •  Russell Crowe  •  Chiwetel Ejiofor  •  Josh Brolin

Brown Sugar (2002)

Friends since childhood, a magazine editor and a hip-hop record executive stumble into romantic territory.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rick Famuyiwa
CAST:  Sanaa Lathan  •  Taye Diggs  •  Yasiin Bey  •  Queen Latifah

Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2005)

The American comedian/actor delivers a story about the alternative Hip Hop scene. A small town Ohio man’s moves to Brooklyn, New York, to throw an unprecedented block party.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michel Gondry
CAST:  Dave Chappelle  •  Erykah Badu  •  Common  •  Yasiin Bey

Beef (2003)

A documentary on the evolution of MC battles from verbal one-upmanship to street warfare.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Spirer
CAST:  Ving Rhames  •  50 Cent  •  B-Real  •  Bone Thugs n Harmony

Smokin' Aces (2006)

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When a Las Vegas performer-turned-snitch named Buddy Israel decides to turn state's evidence and testify against the mob, it seems that a whole lot of people would like to make sure he's no longer breathing.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Carnahan
CAST:  Ryan Reynolds  •  Ray Liotta  •  Joseph Ruskin  •  Alex Rocco

Happy Feet Two (2011)

Mumble the penguin has a problem: his son Erik, who is reluctant to dance, encounters The Mighty Sven, a penguin who can fly! Things get worse for Mumble when the world is shaken by powerful forces, causing him to brings together the penguin nations and their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Miller
CAST:  Elijah Wood  •  Robin Williams  •  Pink  •  Elizabeth Daily

Street Kings (2008)

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Tom Ludlow is a disillusioned L.A. Police Officer, rarely playing by the rules and haunted by the death of his wife. When evidence implicates him in the execution of a fellow officer, he is forced to go up against the cop culture he's been a part of his entire ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Ayer
CAST:  Keanu Reeves  •  Forest Whitaker  •  Chris Evans  •  Hugh Laurie

Selma (2014)

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"Selma," as in Alabama, the place where segregation in the South was at its worst, leading to a march that ended in violence, forcing a famous statement by President Lyndon B. Johnson that ultimately led to the signing of the Voting Rights Act.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ava DuVernay
CAST:  David Oyelowo  •  Tom Wilkinson  •  Carmen Ejogo  •  André Holland

Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap (2012)

SOMETHING FROM NOTHING: THE ART OF RAP is a feature length performance documentary about the runaway juggernaut that is Rap music. At the wheel of this unstoppable beast is the film's director and interviewer Ice-T. Taking us on a deeply personal journey Ice-T ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ice-T  •  Andy Baybutt
CAST:  Dr. Dre  •  Ice-T  •  Ice Cube  •  Snoop Dogg

Bouncing Cats (2010)

This documentary follows the efforts of Abraham "Abramz" Tekya and Breakdance Project Uganda (BPU) to use dance to empower youth in war-torn Uganda. The film is a testimony of Crazy Legs of Rock Steady Crew and his experiences in the BPU program. The film features ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nabil Elderkin
CAST:  Crazy Legs  •  Abraham 'Abramz' Tekya  •  Common  •  Yasiin Bey

Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton: This Is Stones Throw Records (2013)

Under the direction of founder and world-renowned DJ Peanut Butter Wolf, Stones Throw Records has consistently released critically acclaimed, left-of-center albums since its founding in 1996. Drawing on live concert footage, never-before-seen archival material, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeff Broadway
CAST:  Common  •  Michael Diamond  •  MF DOOM  •  Flying Lotus

Every Secret Thing (2014)

One clear summer day in a Baltimore suburb, a baby goes missing from her front porch. Two young girls serve seven years for the crime and are released into a town that hasn't fully forgiven or forgotten. Soon, another child is missing, and two detectives are called ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Amy J. Berg
CAST:  Dakota Fanning  •  Elizabeth Banks  •  Diane Lane  •  Danielle Macdonald

Entourage (2015)

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Movie star Vincent Chase, together with his boys, Eric, Turtle and Johnny, are back…and back in business with super agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold. Some of their ambitions have changed, but the bond between them remains strong as they navigate the capricious and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Doug Ellin
CAST:  Jeremy Piven  •  Adrian Grenier  •  Jerry Ferrara  •  Kevin Connolly

Run All Night (2015)

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Brooklyn mobster and prolific hit man Jimmy Conlon has seen better days. Longtime best friend of a mob boss, Jimmy is haunted by the sins of his past—as well as a dogged police detective who’s been one step behind Jimmy for 30 years. But when Jimmy’s estranged son ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jaume Collet-Serra
CAST:  Joel Kinnaman  •  Génesis Rodríguez  •  Liam Neeson  •  Ed Harris

Pawn (2013)

A petty robbery spirals into a tense hostage situation after three gunmen hold up a diner that's a front for the mob.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David A. Armstrong
CAST:  Forest Whitaker  •  Nikki Reed  •  Sean Faris  •  Ray Liotta

Kanye West: College Dropout - Video Anthology (2005)

A collection of music videos and behind the scenes footage released to promote Kanye West's upcoming debut album, College Dropout. The compilation features the videos to the previously unreleased "Two Words", "Slow Jamz", "Through the Wire", "All Falls Down", the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kanye West  •  Coodie Simmons  •  Chike Ozah  •  Michael Haussman  •  Chris Milk  •  Director X.
CAST:  Kanye West  •  Jay-Z  •  Jamie Foxx  •  Stacey Dash

The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012)

A childless couple bury a box in their backyard, containing all of their wishes for an infant. Soon, a child is born, though Timothy Green is not all that he appears.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Hedges
CAST:  Jennifer Garner  •  Joel Edgerton  •  Ron Livingston  •  Rosemarie DeWitt

LUV (2013)

Over the course of one day, a shy 13-year-old forms a bond with his troubled uncle.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sheldon Candis
CAST:  Common  •  Michael Rainey Jr.  •  Danny Glover  •  Dennis Haysbert

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (2016)

A celebration of Dr. Maya Angelou by weaving her words with rare and intimate archival photographs and videos, which paint hidden moments of her exuberant life during some of America’s most defining civil rights moments. From her upbringing in the Depression-era ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Hercules  •  Rita Coburn Whack
CAST:  Maya Angelou  •  Bill Clinton  •  Hillary Clinton  •  Common
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