RED HOOK SUMMER (2012, 120 Mins, R) the latest in Spike Lee's Chronicles of Brooklyn series (which also include She's Gotta Have It, Do the Right Thing, Crooklyn, Clockers and He Got Game), RED HOOK SUMMER tells the story of Flik Royale, a sullen young boy from middle-class Atlanta who has come to spend the summer with his deeply religious grandfather, Bishop Enoch Rouse, in the housing projects of Red Hook. Having never met before, things quickly get off on the wrong foot as Bishop Enoch relentlessly attempts to convert Flik into a follower of Jesus Christ. Between his grandfather's constant preaching and the culture shock of inner-city life, Flik's summer appears to be a total disaster-until he meets Chazz Morningstar, a pretty girl his age, who shows Flik the brighter side of Brooklyn. Through her love and the love of his grandfather, Flik begins to realize that the world is a lot bigger, and perhaps a lot better, than he'd ever imagined. AMERICAN VIOLET (2008, 103 Minutes, PG-13) Nicole Beharie (The Express), Will Patton (Entrapment, the Postman), Charles Dutton (TV's Roc, Mimic) and Alfre Woodard (TV's Desperate Housewives, Primal Fear) star in this gripping true-life story. Falsely accused of distributing narcotics in a school zone, Dee Roberts (Beharie) is offered a deal she can't refuse: plead guilty and accept a 10-year suspended sentence. The alternative: risk serving 16-to-25 in jail. Realizing a conviction would ruin her life, Dee decides to fight back. Suing the DA for racial discrimination, Dee battles impossible odds in a case that will not only change her life but the laws of Texas as well. RAIN (2008, 93 Minutes, R) Determined to find the mother who abandoned her, 14-year-old Rain leaves her secluded home after her grandmother dies in this inspiring family drama. But her hopes for a loving reconciliation are quickly shattered when she discovers that her mother (Nicki Micheaux, Lincoln Heights) is now a drug-addicted prostitute living in the worst part of the city. Frightened, Rain must summon all her inner strength to survive. She turns for help to a kind-hearted track coach (CCH Pounder, the Shield), who encourages Rain to pursue her dreams. KIDULTHOOD (2006, 91 Minutes, R) It's just another day in the inner city, where teenage growing pains can often lead to suicide, pregnancy and hot-blooded murder. So when classes are suspended after a bullied schoolgirl hangs herself rather than face another day of torment, a posse of unremorseful 15-year-olds take to the streets, where sex and drugs are a way of life and violence lurks behind every corner. Gritty, raw and brutally frank, KIDULTHOOD is "as potent as a shot of vodka before breakfast" (Daily Mirror), a hardcore look at lost innocence and wasted youth.