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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Starsky & Hutch

BB (out of 5) The popular cop show of the seventies is brought to the big screen as an uncomfortable mix of groovy parody and straight whodunit. Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson play the titular characters, two disciplinary cases on the force who are put together as an attempt by their superior officer to straighten them both…

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Looney Tunes: Back In Action

BBB (out of 5) After movies like Space Jam and Monkeybone, the last thing we wanted any more of was live-action/animation combinations, especially ones with Brendan Fraser involved. How surprising, then, that this cute little comedy turns out to be charming and clever, not quite Roger Rabbit material but enjoyable nonetheless. The quirky and inventive…

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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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