La La Land

BB.5 (out of 5) Sunny days in L.A. no matter what the season, and at the centre of the storm of young hopefuls trying to make their mark in the fame game are an aspiring actress (Emma Stone) working as a barista and a jazz enthusiast (Ryan Gosling) playing crummy night clubs while dreaming of…

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Hairspray (2007)

BBBB (out of 5) A teenager in the 1960s decides to fight racial segregation and is met with serious threats to her future; sounds like an update of Mississippi Burning until you add big hair, rocking tunes and John Travolta in a dress. Newcomer Nikki Blonsky plays the youngster in question, Tracy, in this wonderful…

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A Cinderella Story

BB.5 (out of 5) As adorable as Hilary Duff is, the tired nature of this teen-themed romantic comedy will bore all but the least demanding viewer as it does its best to update Charles Perrault’s classic fairy tale (and falls far short of the highly superior Ever After starring Drew Barrymore). Duff plays a teenager…

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Austin Powers In Goldmember

BB (out of 5) In the first installment of this comedy series, Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery, writer/star Mike Myers surrounded a bunch of hysterical sight gags with a witty premise that aptly spoofed the many spy thrillers that have permeated pop culture for the last half-century. Two sequels removed, the gross-out humour and…

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Starsky & Hutch

BB (out of 5) The popular cop show of the seventies is brought to the big screen as an uncomfortable mix of groovy parody and straight whodunit. Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson play the titular characters, two disciplinary cases on the force who are put together as an attempt by their superior officer to straighten them both…

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Southland Tales

BB (out of 5) Following a nuclear attack on Texas in the mid-2000s, America has become a completely militarized war state, run by super-paranoid corporations and ultra-conservative politicians. At the centre of this multi-character story are a movie star with amnesia (Dwayne Johnson) whose latest script is eerily reminiscent of current events, a porn star…

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Not Another Teen Movie

BBB.5 (out of 5) Hilarious spoof that takes on the recent spate of cloying teen-oriented films and makes a decided improvement on the Wayans brothers’ Scary Movie franchise, thanks mostly to a lighter touch with the raunchier jokes and an emphasis on the ridiculous rather than the racy.  A cast of appealing youngsters ably fill in the…

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Looney Tunes: Back In Action

BBB (out of 5) After movies like Space Jam and Monkeybone, the last thing we wanted any more of was live-action/animation combinations, especially ones with Brendan Fraser involved. How surprising, then, that this cute little comedy turns out to be charming and clever, not quite Roger Rabbit material but enjoyable nonetheless. The quirky and inventive…

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