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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Nurse.Fighter.Boy

BB (out of 5) Three characters and their intertwining destinies are examined in this far too mellow film. Karen LeBlanc is excellent as a nurse who administers to a prizefighter who takes on illegal fights for cash. LeBlanc is suffering from a chronic illness, her persistent worry juxtaposed against the relentless optimism of her son who…

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Superstar

BBB (out of 5) Molly Shannon‘s hilarious Saturday Night Live character Mary Katherine Gallagher gets the big screen treatment in this film that’s about as funny and entertaining as any of the Lorne Michaels-produced SNL films ever get.  Shannon is a riot as the Catholic school girl who believes in her heart that she truly…

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The Ladies Man (2000)

REGINALD HUDLIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2000.  Broadway Pictures, SNL Studios.  Screenplay by Tim Meadows, Dennis McNicholas, Andrew Steele.  Cinematography by Johnny E. Jensen.  Produced by Lorne Michaels.  Music by Marcus Miller.  Production Design by Franco De Cotiis, Dean A. O’Dell.  Costume Design by Eydi Caines-Floyd.  Film Editing by Earl Watson. Tim Meadows co-wrote and stars in this sometimes funny adaptation of his Saturday…

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