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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Chicago (2002)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Your caboose will definitely shimmy and shake for two hours during this excellent musical by first-time director Rob Marshall (who also did the scintillating choreography as well). Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renee Zellweger are two merry murderesses who are both on trial and could possibly face a hanging: Zeta-Jones for killing her sister and…

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Hollywoodland

BB.5 (out of 5) Another sordid tale from the treasure trove of Hollywood scandals: the mysterious death of television’s Superman, George Reeves, is examined in this unenergetic but engrossing drama. Adrien Brody, incomprehensibly mumbling for two hours, overplays a down-and-out private investigator who is hired by Reeves’s mother (Lois Smith) when her son’s headline death…

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