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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Rush Hour 3

B (out of 5) An unmitigated mess that does very little to bring back the joy and fun of the original film from 1998.  Big-mouth Chris Tucker and crazy-moves Jackie Chan are reunited once again to fight Chinese Triad gangsters, this time going from Los Angeles to Paris in their effort to uncover the identity of a…

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The Campaign

0.5 (out of 5) A clever set-up with endless possibilities for sharp laughs is wasted on immature toilet humour in this brainless comedy. Will Ferrell plays an incumbent congressman whose election looks to be an easy win considering he has run unopposed so very many times. Greedy CEOs look to unseat him in order to promote…

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Burlesque

BB.5 (out of 5) Christina Aguilera makes her starring debut as, what else, an aspiring singer who is tired of being mistreated by the owner of the Nowheresville, Iowa diner where she works. She helps herself to her salary from the cash register, hits the road and makes it to L.A., where she wastes no time…

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