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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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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Death To Smoochy

B (out of 5) It’s hard to imagine movies sinking lower in quality than this listless comedy directed by Danny DeVito. Robin Williams plays a children’s show host whose career is destroyed when his illegal financial practices are revealed by the FBI. He is replaced by a total hack, a purple rhinoceros named Smoochy (Edward Norton)…

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