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  • Clambake

    Elvis Presley stars as a po'boy water-ski instructor (except he's actually rich) competing with the beachfront swells for girls and glory. more...
  • Showboat

    MGM bought the rights to this 1936 film of the Kern and Hammerstein musical when they launched their ponderous Technicolor remake in 1951. more...
  • Juke Joint

    Spencer Williams directed his last big-screen comedy with this ultralow-budget 1947 effort, about two penniless con men who charm a woman into putting them up in return for coaching her daughter for an upcoming beauty contest. more...
  • Strike Up the Band

    A 1940 effort directed by Busby Berkeley and featuring Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland (but only a bit, unfortunately). more...
  • The Crumbles

    Akira Boch's first feature has the breezy appeal of an early sound comedy, the inconsequential story providing an opportunity for lively, affectionate characterization. more...
  • Lisztomania (R)

    A psychobiography of Franz Liszt (played by Roger Daltrey), this is Ken Russell's most furiously convoluted film to date—a morass of misplaced energy. more...
  • Nine (PG-13)

    Not to be confused with Shane Acker's dismal animation 9, this is another razzmatazz musical adapted by Rob Marshall (Chicago) from a Broadway show. more...
  • Fame (PG)

    This slick remake of Alan Parker’s 1980 musical follows a diverse group of teens through four years at LaGuardia Arts, the famous performing arts high school in Manhattan. more...
  • The Soloist (PG-13)

    Once a promising music student at Juilliard, Nathaniel Ayers was schizophrenic and homeless, playing violin on the streets of LA, when columnist Steve Lopez began writing about him in the Los Angeles Times in 2005. more...
  • The Lion King (G)

    Eschewing fairy tales and other literary sources, Disney's usual bread and butter for cartoon musicals, this animated feature about animal life in an African forest (1994) is based on an original script by Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, and Linda Woolverton. more...