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The Lure (2015) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): A Polish musical film with two man-eating mermaids

Deliberately weird and whimsical, Polish musical movie “The Lure” is destined to be a cult film. While it provides several lively musical sequences to delight you, it is also a dark horror melodrama about two beautiful but lethal mermaids, and … Continue reading

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La La Land (2016) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Lively, Colorful, and Sweet

Lively, colorful, and sweet, “La La Land” tries old and new things together to entertain us. While clearly influenced by numerous classic musical films such as “An American in Paris” (1951) and “Singin’ in the Rain” (1952), the movie is … Continue reading

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Sunshine on Lieth (2013) ☆☆☆ (3/4) : Love, music, and Edinburgh

Although it has usual weaknesses as a musical film mainly depending on individual moments of music and choreography more than plot and characters, “Sunshine on Lieth” is not without charm and energy to entertain us. Its plot revolving around several … Continue reading

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Jersey Boys (2014) ☆☆(2/4) : A jukebox musical lacking spark and energy

 As the film adaptation of a popular Tony Award-winning Broadway musical with the same name, “Jersey Boys” is a muted experience seriously lacking spark and energy. As a jukebox musical movie, it surely serves us with many recognizable songs from … Continue reading

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Into the Woods (2014) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4) : So they learned lessons….

  In the era where modernization or deconstruction or any kind of reinterpretation of fairy tales has been a usual thing at movie theaters, “Into the Woods” has already lost some of the personality which Stephen Sondheim’s Tony award-winning musical … Continue reading

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Les Misérables (2012) ☆☆☆(3/4) : A musical with all substance and no style

“Les Misérables” is a curious musical film with all substance and no style. Inside its epic story, there lies the emotional power to grip you and then sweep you to the finale as the movie struggles through its 2 1/2 … Continue reading

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