ICE CUBE FILMOGRAPHY
Title: Are We There Yet?
Cast: Ice Cube , Nia Long, Aleisha Allen, Philip Bolden, Jay Mohr
Released: January 21st, 2005
US Box Office: $82,301,521
Summary: Nick, a smooth operator, is trying to land a date with a young, attractive divorcee, Suzanne. Problem is Suzanne is stuck working in Vancouver and miserable because she misses her kids. Seizing the opportunity, Nick gallantly offers to make her wish come true--and his own in the process--by bringing seven-year-old Kevin and eleven-year-old Lindsey up from Portland, Oregon to be reunited with their mom. What Nick doesn’t know is that Suzanne's children think that no man is good enough for their mom and will do everything they can to make the trip a nightmare for him. Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy ride.
Title: XXX: State of the Union
Cast: Ice Cube , Samuel L. Jackson, Willem Dafoe, Scott Speedman, Xzibit
Released: April 29th, 2005
US Box Office: $26,082,914
Summary: The winds of political change are rumbling through the halls of the Capitol, as a popular President is being targeted for assassination by a radical splinter group of dissenters deep within the United States government. Only two people stand between anarchy and freedom: one of them, Augustus Gibbons, has just survived a hit on the National Security Agency's top-secret headquarters and is on the run. The other, a decorated Special Ops soldier, Darius Stone, sits under close guard in a military prison. Gibbons once again finds himself in need of an outsider and Stone is his man. The new XXX agent must uncover the insurgents from within. It is the nation's only hope to stop the first coup d'etat in American history.
Title: Barbershop 2: Back in Business
Cast: Ice Cube , Cedric The Entertainer, Sean Patrick Thomas, Eve Jeffers
Released: February 6th, 2004
US Box Office: $64,955,956
Summary: They’re still cutting hair and cutting up in Calvin’s shop on the South Side of Chicago. Calvin has gotten over his money troubles and is no longer in danger of losing his shop--but his neighborhood is in danger of losing its identity. Intent on “regentrifying” the South Side, a money-hungry corporation is moving into the community with coffee bars, video stores, and a big-name haircut chain, and the area’s “mom and pop” establishments are in danger of losing their hometown advantage. While juggling changing situations, new loves, and looking for ways to better their lives, Calvin and his crew have to take a stand to keep the South Side and its businesses in the family.
Cast: Ice Cube , Matt Schulze, Martin Henderson, Jaime Pressly
Released: January 16th, 2004
US Box Office: $21,176,322
Summary: Biker Cary Ford has returned to his hometown to reunite with his girlfriend Shane and take care of a little unfinished business. When he skipped town months ago, Ford was in possession of several motorcycles belonging to Henry, a ruthless drug dealer and leader of the Hellions biker gang. Now Henry’s putting the squeeze on Ford in an attempt to retrieve the bikes, which have something a little more valuable than gas in their tanks. When Ford is less than willing to cooperate, Henry frames him for the murder of Junior, younger brother of Trey, the fearsome leader of the Reapers motorcycle gang. With the help of his loyal buddies Dalton and Val, Ford must outrun an FBI agent who’s hot on his trail while eluding both the misinformed Trey, hell-bent on revenge, and the callous Henry, who’s dead-set on getting back what is rightfully his. Racing across the desert in a perilous attempt to prove his innocence and convince Shane that he’s worth a second chance, Ford must outrace his enemies if he wants to clear his name and live to ride another day.
Title: All About the Benjamins
Cast: Ice Cube , Mike Epps, Eva Mendes, Tommy J. Flanagan, Carmen Chaplin
Released: March 8, 2002
US Box Office: $25,482,931
Summary: A caper set in the world of fast cars, diamonds and a missing lottery ticket worth a fortune. Miami bounty hunter Bucum Jackson teams up with Reggie Reed, the slippery mark he's chasing, for a one-in-a-million chance at a huge payday. It's about trust, it's about teamwork, and 'it's all about the Benjamins'. A caper set in the world of fast cars, diamonds and a missing lottery ticket worth a fortune. Miami bounty hunter Bucum Jackson teams up with Reggie Reed, the slippery mark he's chasing, for a one-in-a-million chance at a huge payday. It's about trust, it's about teamwork, and 'it's all about the Benjamins'...
Cast: Ice Cube , Anthony Anderson, Cedric The Entertainer, Sean Patrick Thomas, Eve Jeffers
Released: September 13, 2002
US Box Office: $75,074,950
Summary: An ensemble comedy about a day in the life of a barbershop on the south side of Chicago. It's Calvin's shop, and he inherited the struggling business from his father, but with bills to pay and a baby on the way, he sees the shop as a burden and a waste of time. After selling the shop to a local loan shark, Calvin slowly begins to see his father's vision and legacy and struggles with the notion that he just sold it out. Calvin's barbershop is filled with an eclectic and comedic cast of folk who share their stories, jokes, trials and tribulations. In the shop we find Eddie, an old barber with a big mouth, strong opinions and no customers. Jimmy is a highly educated barber with a superiority complex who can't stand Isaac, the new, white barber who just wants a shot at cutting some hair. Ricky is an ex-con with two strikes against him and is desperately trying to stay straight. Terri is a hard-edged woman who can't seem to leave her two-timing boyfriend. And lastly there's Dinka, a fellow barber who is madly in love with Terri but doesn't get the time of day.
Title: Friday After Next
Cast: Ice Cube , Mike Epps, John Witherspoon, Don Curry, Anna Maria Horsford (II)
Released: November 22nd, 2002
US Box Office: $32,983,713
Summary: Cousins Craig and Day-Day are back in the old neighborhood and ready for Christmas. Although they've left behind the security of living with their parents, at least they're on their own. The rundown apartment they now share is filled with all the accoutrements and spirit of the holiday season. It's a time for giving and joy--until Craig wakes up in the middle of the night and discovers a ghetto Santa Clause stealing their presents and anything else he can stuff into his bag--including the rent money they had hidden and stuffed into their stereo speakers. Faced with the harsh reality of having a Christmas without presents--as well as having to face the unwanted advances of their landlady's recently paroled son, if they can't pay the rent--Craig and Day Day are forced to score some quick cash. They go to the local strip mall where their fathers Mr. Jones and Uncle Elroy have opened Bros. Bar-B-Q restaurant and help land them jobs as unarmed security guards. While Craig handles the chaos of the Christmas Eve shopping crush, Day Day's renegade rent-a-cop tactics put the put the pair's jobs and lives in jeopardy. Nonetheless, in the process, Craig and Day-Day learn some comic lessons about the true meaning of the holiday season.
Title: Ghosts Of Mars
Cast: Ice Cube , Natasha Henstridge, Jason Statham, Clea DuVall, Joanna Cassidy
Released: August 24, 2001
US Box Office: $8,434,601
Summary: By the year 2176, the planet Mars, long inhabited by human settlers, has become the manifest destiny of an over-populated Earth. Nearly 640,000 people now live and work all over Mars, mining the planet for its abundant natural resources. But one of those mining operations has uncovered a deadly mother lode: a long dormant Martian civilization whose warriors are systematically taking over the bodies of human intruders. Lt. Melanie Ballard of the Martian Police Force is on transport assignment to bring James "Desolation" Williams, the planet's most notorious criminal, to justice. Williams has no plans to make Ballard's job easy. What begins as a battle of force and wits between cop and criminal soon turns into something more fundamental: a battle for human survival in the realm of the Martian warriors. It's civilization against civilization as Ballard and Williams join forces in mortal combat with the Ghosts of Mars.
Title: Next Friday
Cast: Ice Cube , Mike Epps, Justin Pierce, John Witherspoon, Don Curry
Released: January 12, 2000
US Box Office: $57,176,582
Summary: Craig is still living with his parents in South Central Los Angeles while looking for a job and remembering his moment of glory four years before. That was when he finally bested the local bully, Debo, during an eventful Friday. But now Debo has escaped after several years behind bars, and he's bent on exacting painful revenge on Craig. Fearing for his son's safety, Craig's father sends him to live with his eccentric Uncle Elroy and cousin Day-Day, who have parlayed their lottery winnings into a home in the suburbs. Craig soon learns, however, that trouble can find you no matter where you live. Once again, forces beyond his control will test his survival skills and his commitment to family and Craig, with comic relief from Day-Day, will rise to the challenge.
Title: Thicker Than Water
Cast: Mack 10 (II), Fat Joe, Ice Cube, MC Eiht, CJ Mack (II)
Released: October 27, 1999
US Box Office: $79,823
Summary: The story of rival "top dogs" from two inner-city gangs who cooperate amidst a turf war to promote their music. When DJ's mixing equipment sets on fire and a record company executive double-crosses Lonzo, the two decide to take the future into their own hands. DJ and Lonzo turn to Gator, a successful drug-lord who has left the streets and is living high in the hills of Los Angeles. For a time, their association is a success, but when someone rats to the police, the trouble begins. Meanwhile, DJ is juggling two girlfriends, Brandy and Leyla and his mother keeps urging him to go to the hospital to visit the father who abandoned him as a child. Back on the street, when a fellow gang member is killed one night, the careful allegiance that has developed between DJ and Lonzo wears thin. It takes a remarkable twist of fate to bring them back together.
Title: Three Kings
Cast: George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube , Spike Jonze, Nora Dunn
Released: October 1, 1999
US Box Office: $60,652,036
Summary: Its the end of the Gulf War and the United States has just signed a ceasefire when four wise-cracking U.S. soldiers come across a potential jackpot: a rolled up treasure map to Saddam Hussein's stashes of confiscated gold hidden bewteen the buttocks of a captured soldier. Immediatedly a selfish plan is drawn up for the men to infiltrate the bunkers and share the jackpot of luxury cars, televisions, cell phones and gold bars found underneath the war torn desert -- that is until they collide with the Iraqi civilian population and experience a different side of the war.
Title: The Players Club
Cast: Ice Cube , A.J. Johnson, Monica Calhoun, Bernie Mac, Alex Thomas
Released: April 8, 1998
US Box Office: $23,031,390
Summary: Set against the backdrop of an Atlanta strip club, the story revolves around the relationship between a gangster and a stripper. Diana is working in a shoe store to support her young son, when friends introduce her to the more lucrative world of stripping. The owner of the strip club, Dollar Bill, is being pursued by creditors. Diana's cousin Ebony gets a job in the club too, but falls into sleazier private party jobs, which lead her into trouble.
Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube , Jon Voight, Eric Stoltz, Jonathan Hyde
US Box Office: $65,851,595
Summary: A group of filmmakers looking for a lost native tribe instead find a man-eating monster in this thriller. Terri Flores (Jennifer Lopez) is a documentary filmmaker on assignment to make a film about the Shirishama Indians of the Amazon, a mysterious tribe known as "the People of the Mists." As Terri and her crew -- cameraman Danny Rich (Ice Cube), sound recordist Gary Dixon (Owen Wilson), anthropologist Steve Cale (Eric Stoltz), production manager Denise Kahlberg (Kari Wuhrer), and host Warren Westridge (Jonathan Hyde) -- head down the river, they discover a man whose boat has sunk and desperately needs rescue. Paul Sarone (Jon Voight), the mysterious stranger that they save from the waters, claims to know something of the Shirishama and says he will take the crew to them. Instead, he guides the group to the hiding place of the fearsome Anaconda, a gigantic snake that swallows a man whole, vomits him up, and eats him again (no small accomplishment, that). The snake is worth a fortune if captured, but can a creature so dangerous be captured at all?
Title: Dangerous Ground
Cast: Ice Cube , Elizabeth Hurley, Thokozani Nkosi, Ron Smerczac, Wilson Dunster
US Box Office: $5,079,851
Summary: In this drama, a South African exile returns to his homeland to find that justice hasn't brought peace. Vusi Madlazi (Ice Cube) is a student and political activist living in San Francisco; he was born in South Africa, but his connection to anti-apartheid rebels made his family fear for his life, so he was sent to the United States, where he's been ever since. When he attends his father's funeral, Vusi visits South Africa for the first time since the fall of apartheid and Nelson Mandela's rise to power. However, he discovers that not all the changes in his country have been for the better; drugs and gang violence have begun to overtake Soweto, and his older brother, once a dedicated anti-apartheid activist, isn't sure what to do with his life now that the changes he fought for have come. Vusi's mother asks a favor before he returns to America; his younger brother Steven has run away, and she wants Vusi to look for him. While searching for Steven, Vusi meets his brother's girlfriend Karin, who works as an exotic dancer. It turns out that both Karin and Steven have become addicted to crack, and Steven's disappearance is probably linked to a $15,000 debt he owes to crime kingpin Muki. Director Darrell J. Roodt's previous film was Cry the Beloved Country, the first major film produced in South Africa after the collapse of apartheid.
Cast: Ice Cube , Chris Tucker, Nia Long, Tommy "Tiny" Lister Jr, John Witherspoon
US Box Office: $27,409,510
Summary: Craig (Ice Cube) manages to get fired on his day off (though he claims it's through no fault of his own) and spends the day hanging out with his buddy Smokey (Chris Tucker) and trying to avoid his father (John Witherspoon), who wants him to find another job immediately. Smokey has even more serious problems; he was given $200 worth of weed to sell by Big Worm (Faizon Love), but he ended up smoking it instead, and if he can't come up with the money by the end of the day, he'll be in a world of hurt (and will put Craig in the same place just for being his friend). And Deebo (Tom "Tiny" Lister, Jr.), a gargantuan bully who roams the neighborhood on his bicycle, has it in for Craig, while Craig tries his best just to stay out of his way. As one would expect, Friday features a strong hip-hop soundtrack, featuring tracks by such artists as Dr. Dre, Cypress Hill, Mack 10, and Funkdoobiest, as well as old-school R&B; selections from The Isley Brothers, Roger, and Rose Royce.
Title: Higher Learning
Cast: Omar Epps, Kristy Swanson, Michael Rapaport, Jennifer Connelly, Ice Cube
US Box Office: $36,809,424
Summary: Three freshman students embark on their first semester at fictitious Columbus University, where, in addition to normal adolescent problems, they're also confronted with serious prejudice, intolerance, racism and sexism among the student body. Former high school track star, Malik, learns that as long as he keeps winning races the university will support him, but as far as his academic life is concerned, they don't care a bit whether he learns anything at college or not. Kristin Conner, a middle-class white girl from Orange County, discovers that she is ill-prepared for college life and in matters sexual she finds that the male students don't always accept "no" for an answer. She also finds that her own sexual proclivity is not as clear-cut as she'd always imagined. Remy, a quiet kid from Idaho who has no social skills, turns to the only group who'll have him--the skinheads. He's so grateful for their acceptance that he finds he'll do anything to stay in their good graces.
Title: The Glass Shield
Cast: Michael Boatman, Lori Petty, Ice Cube , Elliott Gould, Richard Anderson
US Box Office: $2,477,321
Summary: A young Police Academy graduate is assigned to an LA sheriff's office where he is the first and only black officer. Determined to fit in, he agrees to lie about the circumstances of a crime in which the prime suspect is black, but when he realizes that the man has been framed by his colleagues, he teams up with the sole female on the force and together they undertake the dangerous task of exposing the corruption within the department. A film worth avoiding in RapCentral.co.uk's opinion, unless you are a hardcore fan of ice cube's.
Cast: Bill Paxton, Tracy Marrow, William Sadler, Ice Cube , Art Evans
US Box Office: $12,534,375
Summary: Two Arkansas firemen discover a dying man's secret--a fortune in gold could still lie buried some 50 years after its theft. Greed drives them to pursue the treasure, but they quickly become entangled with a local crime ring.
Title: Boyz N The Hood
Cast: Laurence Fishburne, Ice Cube , Cuba Gooding Jr, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut
US Box Office: $55,095,673
Summary: Director John Singleton's debut chronicles the trials and tribulations of three young African-American males growing up in South Central Los Angeles. When young Tre (Cuba Gooding Jr.), a bright underachiever, begins to show signs of trouble, his struggling professional mother (Angela Basset) sends him to live with his father (Lawrence Fishburne), a hard-nosed, no-nonsense disciplinarian. There he befriends Ricky (Morris Chestnut), a burgeoning football star, and Doughboy (Ice Cube, in a standout performance), a would-be gang banger. Over the years, each chooses his own path: Tre seems bound for college; Ricky is a blue-chip running back with his pick of schools; Doughboy is a dope dealer and bona fide gangster who drifts in and out of the county juvenile facility. All is well until, without warning, a rival gang chases down Tre and Ricky with tragic results. Doughboy immediately prepares for revenge, forcing Tre to decide whether to jeopardize his future and, perhaps, his life for the price of revenge and self-respect. Sometimes riveting, Boyz'N the Hood is not without its problems. The film tries to cram every single issue facing the black community into an hour and a half of screen time, making the film seem at times forced. The symbolism seems forced as well, and the film is often unbearably heavy-handed. Also, the characterization often relies on cardboard cut-outs; every white character in the film is a one-dimensional bigot, and the black police officer with whom Tre and his father deal is even worse than his Caucasian counterparts. Still, the unevenness of the film is redeemed by some moments of true brilliance.
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