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  • An American in Paris

    While not nearly the musical it's cracked up to be, this 1951 film is absolutely required viewing for anyone who wants to see the studio system (MGM style) at its gaudiest, most Byzantine height. more...
  • Annie (PG)

    John Huston is listed as director of this elephantine Ray Stark production, based on the Broadway musical (which was based, in turn, on Harold Gray's Little Orphan Annie comic strip), but this is the kind of overproduced monolith in which even better directors can easily lose their way. more...
  • Anvil! The Story of Anvil

    An early-80s contemporary of Anthrax, Slayer, Metallica, and Megadeth, the Canadian speed-metal band Anvil never made the big time, and 25 years after the band's commercial peak, documentary maker (and former Anvil roadie) Sacha Gervasi finds the two founding members—Robb Reiner and Steven “Lips” Kudlow—hacking out a lower-middle-class existence in Scarborough, Ontario, still dreaming of rock stardom. more...
  • At Your Doorstep

    Set in Spain when the housing bubble burst in 2007—a full year before the financial crisis would be felt around the world—this 2016 musical recalls Rent and Les Misérables in that the primary catalysts for the characters breaking into song are despair and displacement. more...
  • Australia (PG-13)

    Seven years after Moulin Rouge, Baz Luhrmann returns with this frothy historical romance set in his native land during the run-up to World War II. more...
  • Begin Again
  • Begin Again (R)

    John Carney's cult favorite Once (2006) took a thin love story and filled it out with magical scenes of musical improvisation and discovery; this follow-up works the same way, its soft-rock bonhomie prevailing over a story that often registers as trite or naive. more...