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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Land Of The Dead

BB.5 (out of 5) George Romero’s later zombie film is not that much more interesting than the uninspired remake of Dawn Of The Dead that was produced a year earlier, but it is nice to still have the original master telling his stories and not an imitator. Trouble is, the plot is hardly any different…

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Owning Mahowny

BBBB (out of 5) Fascinating drama that charts the true story of a Toronto bank executive (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who cooked his client’s books for two years in order to feed his own massive gambling addiction. Considered a colourless, unnoticeable suit at home, Hoffman flies down regularly to Atlantic City and is treated like a…

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