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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Take This Waltz

B (out of 5) Sarah Polley follows her heartbreaking and deep Away From Her with this insipid, unwatchable romantic melodrama. Michelle Williams is annoyingly moody as an advisor for Parks and Recreation Canada who, while visiting a historical re-enactment tourist site, meets a handsome artist and rickshaw driver (Luke Kirby, the film’s best performance) who immediately…

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