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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Nine

BB.5 (out of 5) Maury Yeston’s musical play, adapted from Federico Fellini’s classic 8 1/2, is brought to the big screen by Chicago‘s Rob Marshall. Daniel Day-Lewis subs for Marcello Mastroianni as the filmmaker who has achieved world fame and now has nothing to say and no idea what to do about his latest project. His sets…

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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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