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Oliver!

Oliver Twist has never been one of my favorite Dickens novels, so perhaps that’s part of the reason why I’m lukewarm about Oliver!, the stage musical-turned-Oscar-winning motion picture adaptation of the book. It’s an uneven film with a...

Run Time: 2:33
U.S. Release Date: -
MPAA Rating: "G" (Violence)
Genre: Musical/Drama
Director: Carol Reed
Cast:
Once

The traditional movie musical may not be dead, but it's on life support, a victim of the changing taste of movie-goers. Once is an effort to provide a musical that works for a modern audience by grounding the situation in reality and cutting out th...

Run Time: 1:25
U.S. Release Date: 2007-05-18
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity)
Genre: MUSICAL/DRAMA
Director: John Carney
Cast: Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova
Phantom of the Opera, The

I have never been a fan of Andrew Lloyd Webber's phenomenally popular stage musical version of The Phantom of the Opera, so it will probably come as no surprise that the film adaptation, which is faithful to its inspiration, left me feeling underwh...

Run Time: 2:23
U.S. Release Date: 2004-12-22
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence)
Genre: MUSICAL
Director: Joel Schumacher
Cast: Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, Patrick Wilson, ...
Pitch Perfect

Pitch Perfect looks, sounds, and feels like pretty much every other movie that features a singing or dancing competition. With all the effort invested in the musical numbers, the dramatic elements feel like warmed-over John Hughes. And it's not eve...

Run Time: 1:50
U.S. Release Date: 2012-09-28
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Sexual Content, Profanity)
Genre: MUSICAL/COMEDY
Director: Jason Moore
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, Hana Mae Lee, ...
Pitch Perfect 2

Spoiler Warning! Because I reveal things about the ending of Pitch Perfect 2 in this review, I am duty-bound to warn readers in case they wish to stop now. (Of course, if you don't care, feel free to continue…) I am as far from the targ...

Run Time: 1:55
U.S. Release Date: 2015-05-15
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Comedy/Musical
Director: Elizabeth Banks
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, ...
Potiche

It's a sad fact of the movie business that, as acting icons age, the opportunities afforded to them to ply their craft diminish. Fred Astaire spent time in The Towering Inferno. Jimmy Stewart climbed aboard Airport '77. Elizabeth Taylor spent time ...

Run Time: 1:43
U.S. Release Date: 2011-03-18
MPAA Rating: "R" (Sexual Content)
Genre: DRAMA/COMEDY
Director: François Ozon
Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Gerard Depardieu, Fabrice Luchini, ...
Producers, The

The Producers is a movie based on a play based on a movie about a play. And that's probably the funniest thing about it. In 1968, Mel Brooks made his big-screen directorial and writing debut with The Producers, a slapstick farce about how two B...

Run Time: 2:08
U.S. Release Date: 2005-12-16
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Sexual Situations)
Genre: MUSICAL
Director: Susan Stroman
Cast: Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Uma Thurman, ...
RENT

Memo to director Chris Columbus: In most cases, it's a bad idea for a movie to be a direct representation of a play. "Opening up" the setting is sometimes not all that's necessary to make a stage production into something cinematic. In a theater...

Run Time: 2:15
U.S. Release Date: 2005-11-23
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Sexual Situations, Nudity, Violence)
Genre: MUSICAL
Director: Chris Columbus
Cast: Rosario Dawson, Taye Diggs, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, ...
Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages, based on the musical play of the same name, is a celebration of '80s excess and, especially, music. Featuring roughly two-dozen covers of (mostly) Top 40 hits by Sytx, Def Leppard, REO Speedwagon, Whitesnake, Starship, Pat Benatar, Gu...

Run Time: 2:04
U.S. Release Date: 2012-06-15
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Sexual Content, Profanity, Drugs)
Genre: MUSICAL
Director: Adam Shankman
Cast: Tom Cruise, Malin Akerman, Bryan Cranston, ...
Rocketman

In 1988, Elton John released the album Reg Strikes Back. In addition to being his “comeback” following a period of stagnancy in the mid-1980s, it was a return to his roots and an acceptance of less flamboyancy on-stage and off. Clean and so...

Run Time: 2:02
U.S. Release Date: 2019-05-31
MPAA Rating: "R" (Sexual Content, Drugs, Profanity)
Genre: Drama/Musical
Director: Dexter Fletcher
Cast: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, ...