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 Third Miracle

BBBB (out of 5) Agnieszka Holland’s tale is of a jaded priest (Ed Harris) looking into the so-called miracles performed by a now-deceased cleaning lady (Barbara Sukowa) to see if she qualifies for sainthood, and his relationship with her agnostic daughter (Anne Heche).  It is a powerful examination of faith, organized religion and the power…

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Married To It

BB.5 (out of 5) In the tradition of Grand Canyon and The Big Chill, here’s yet another ensemble cast drama about adults making their way in the world of family and commitment. This one features three couples from completely different backgrounds who manage to find some common ground. Beau Bridges and Stockard Channing play two…

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The Long Kiss Goodnight

BBBB (out of 5) One would have hoped that this excellent performance by Geena Davis would begin a career of her playing more like-minded heroines, but sadly she’s done very little since this action movie directed by her then-husband Renny Harlin. She plays an amnesiac mother and schoolteacher who has no idea what her life was…

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