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

BBBB.5 (out of 5) From the opening shot this film has a dazzling energy that never slackens before the explosive finale. A loosely factual chronicle of the birth of R&B and the early days of The Supremes, it begins with a three-girl singing group being discovered at a talent contest by a car salesman (Jamie…

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