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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Rock Star

BBB.5 (out of 5) Delightfully committed performances make this comedy work, even when the uneven screenplay is at its weakest. Mark Wahlberg plays a die-hard heavy metal fan whose obsession with a particular band called Steel Dragon has gone as far as his fronting a tribute band. When the lead singer of the real group…

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Not Another Teen Movie

BBB.5 (out of 5) Hilarious spoof that takes on the recent spate of cloying teen-oriented films and makes a decided improvement on the Wayans brothers’ Scary Movie franchise, thanks mostly to a lighter touch with the raunchier jokes and an emphasis on the ridiculous rather than the racy.  A cast of appealing youngsters ably fill in the…

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Beautiful

BB.5 (out of 5)Field makes a middling directorial debut with this distracting comedy about an obsessive beauty pageant contestant (Minnie Driver) who wants to be Miss Universe badly enough to ignore the people close to her.  Joey Lauren Adams is adorable as her best friend, who supports her as far as claiming to be the mother…

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Stuck On You

BBBB (out of 5) Walt and Bob Tenor (Greg Kinnear and Matt Damon) are twin brothers who were born conjoined at the hip and have lived that way, quite comfortably, for thirty years (their unequally shared liver accounts for Walt seeming a bit older than Bob). Living a perfectly idyllic life as burger joint owners in…

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I’m Going To Tell You A Secret

BBB.5 (out of 5) Madonna fans will hit the roof enjoying this immensely fun documentary that details the singer’s experiences during her Re-Invention tour of 2004.  Much like Truth Or Dare fourteen years earlier, it depicts the behind-the-scenes madness in black-and-white before switching to eye-popping colour for the concert clips, though this time the pace…

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