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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Bedazzled

BB.5 (out of 5) Fairly diverting comedy remake of the 1960s Stanley Donen cult favourite, this time with Brendan Fraser selling his soul to the devil in exchange for seven wishes that give him the opportunity to win the girl of his dreams (Frances O’Connor). In this version, the horned one is played by a woman,…

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Miami Vice

BB.5 (out of 5) Another television series makes the jump to the big screen, this time helmed by the very artist who was instrumental in the original show’s production. Michael Mann takes the ultra-eighties-cool undercover detectives and puts them on the modern crime scene, with Crockett (Colin Farrell) and Tubbs (Jamie Foxx) having to crack…

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Dreamgirls (2006)

BILL CONDON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2006.  DreamWorks, Paramount Pictures, Laurence Mark Productions.  Screenplay by Bill Condon, based on the musical book by Tom Eyen.  Cinematography by Tobias A. Schliessler.  Produced by Laurence Mark.  Music by Tom Eyen, Henry Krieger.  Production Design by John Myhre.  Costume Design by Sharen Davis.  Film Editing by Virginia Katz.  Academy Awards 2006.  Golden Globe Awards 2006.  From the…

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