Films featuring
Jamie Foxx

Dreamgirls

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Dreamgirls took a long time to make the trip from Broadway to the screen, so long that when this film appeared I had all but forgotten that it had first been a play. Big and glossy, this movie is very successful at entertaining you, even if it does seem to play it a little safe at times. The biggest impact of this movie may just be serving notice of arrival of a potent new singing talent.

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Jarhead

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Jarhead is a film about the other harsh reality of war, the tens of thousands of soldiers who endure endless days and weeks of crushing boredom, loneliness and deprivation, only to never get the chance to use the skills that they’ve often spent years honing. Anthony “Swoff” Swofford (Jake Gyllenhall) was a Marine Scout-Sniper during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He lives and breathes for that one perfect head-shot during a shooting war. “I want the pink mist,” he tells us, referring to the blood spray that results from a 7.62mm slug passing through a human cranium.

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Ray

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The most amazing thing about Jamie Foxx‘s performance in Ray is how when the real Ray Charles appears briefly on screen toward the end of the movie, there is no jarring disconnect with the rest of the picture. Foxx has Charles’s vocal mannerisms down so perfectly that, when asked to lip-synch to the real performer’s recordings, it is seamless.

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Stealth

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...a tale told by an idiot full of sound and fury, signifying nothing...

William Shakespeare, The Scottish Play

Stealth had some impeccable B-Movie credentials behind the camera. Screenwriter W. D. Richter was responsible for writing directing The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension and writing John Carpenter‘s Big Trouble in Little China. Director Rod Cohen helmed the noisily successful The Fast and the Furious and xXx.

The talent in front of cameras wasn’t exactly known for perpetrating schlock. Aside from Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx and actor/playwright Sam Shepard, you have the always solid Joe Morton. Josh Lucas and Jessica Biel each have their share of respectable acting credits, as well.

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