Musical

Into the Woods (2014) by The Critical Movie Critics
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Movie Review: Into the Woods (2014)

Fairy tale revisionism has run rampant across screens of late, so with the marketplace heavily saturated, there’s no better time to revive Stephen Sondheim’s subversive musical “Into the Woods,” about a convergence of fairy tale characters discovering what lies on either side of happily ever after. Sondheim’s playful lyrics and rich humor ensure that his…

Into the Woods (1991) by The Critical Movie Critics
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Movie Review: Into the Woods (1991)

“I wish.” These are the first words of Into the Woods, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s timeless 1987 musical production, and the last. Dangerous, familiar words that, in the real world, can strain our relationships with our dreams, our loved ones, and ourselves, and set us up for situations in which we can never truly…

Movie Trailer:  Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)
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Movie Trailer: Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)

The Barden Bellas have returned for more singing fun in Pitch Perfect 2 (you can only keep a champion a cappella group down for so long). From the looks of it all the group — with a few additional faces — has returned for the sequel which finds the girls getting their act together for…

Movie Trailer:  Into the Woods (2014)
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Movie Trailer: Into the Woods (2014)

Why settle on re-imaging one fairy tale at a time (“Jack The Giant Slayer,” “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters,” “Snow White and the Huntsman”) when a host of them can be combined and kneaded into a single movie? With Into the Woods, Walt Disney Pictures does just that, threading elements of Cinderella, Little Red Riding…

Whiplash (2014) by The Critical Movie Critics
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Movie Review: Whiplash (2014)

If you are thinking about engaging in some other activity after watching Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, be sure to leave some time for decompression. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, the semi-autobiographical Whiplash is a visceral, adrenaline-pumping musical drama that raises — but does not resolve —…

Jersey Boys (2014) by The Critical Movie Critics
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Movie Review: Jersey Boys (2014)

A movie musical based on a stage musical built on pre-existing music certainly has some of its work done for it right from the point of cinematic conception, but even with such a head start, Clint Eastwood still applies enough tender, heartfelt identity to his adaptation, Jersey Boys, to make the screen version a touching…

Muppets Most Wanted (2014) by The Critical Movie Critics
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Movie Review: Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

It’s not easy being mean, err, I mean green. Actually, I can’t imagine either of them being particularly easy, even though both Constantine and Kermit the Frog carry both of them off as they were. Since 1955 (and more recently in 2011’s “The Muppets”) audiences have seen Kermit doing his ‘green’ thing; in Muppets Most…

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