1992, Warner Bros., 201 min, USA, Japan, Dir: Spike Lee

This sweeping biography of the famed African-American leader remains one of director Spike Lee’s greatest films. Denzel Washington earned an Oscar nomination for his riveting performance in the title role, rising from petty criminal to charismatic leader of the Nation of Islam before his assassination in 1965. Angela Bassett costars.

1995, Sony Repertory, 102 min, USA, Dir: Carl Franklin

Adapted from the first of Walter Mosley’s popular Easy Rawlins novels, this neo-noir stars Denzel Washington as the private investigator plying his trade in South Central Los Angeles after WWII. When DeWitt Albright (a memorably shifty Tom Sizemore) asks Easy to find a missing woman (Jennifer Beals) involved with a mayoral candidate, the detective soon has several murders to solve. With Don Cheadle. “It's the film's glowing visual qualities, a striking performance by Denzel Washington and the elegant control Carl Franklin has over it all that create the most exotic crime entertainment of the season.” - Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times.

2012, Paramount, 139 min, USA, Dir: Robert Zemeckis

Robert Zemeckis returns to live-action filmmaking for the first time since CASTAWAY in this tale of an airline pilot (Denzel Washington) who is celebrated as a hero when he makes a seemingly impossible emergency landing. As the truth comes out about his condition during the flight, however, troubling questions arise.

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