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  • 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...
  • The Smiling Lieutenant

    This rarely shown Ernst Lubitsch musical (1931), derived from the Oscar Straus operetta The Waltz Dream, matches up Viennese lieutenant Maurice Chevalier with both Claudette Colbert (as leader of an all-woman orchestra, whom he fancies) and Miriam Hopkins (as a king's unglamorous daughter, whom he doesn't know how to refuse). more...
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  • Sing-Along Grease

    A subtitled, sing-along version of the 1978 feature, with a live host and costume awards at each show. more...
  • Shall We Dance

    Longer and more pretentious than most of the Astaire-Rogers musicals (1937), but still a sufficiently sophisticated good time. 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...
  • South Pacific

    There's zero cinematic grace in Joshua Logan's 1958 adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, and the cast—Mitzi Gaynor, Rossano Brazzi, Ray Walston, and John Kerr—seems to have been collected from a home for the chronically uncharismatic. more...
  • Sparkle (PG-13)

    Salim Akil directed this remake of the 1976 drama about a gifted singer (Jordin Sparks) who starts a girl group with her sisters in the 1960s. 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...
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (R)

    Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's arty blood opera about revenge, squalor, cannibalism, and despair in Victorian London provides a good many challenges to nonprofessional singers, including unhummable tunes, and one accomplishment of this well-crafted if relatively impersonal 2007 adaptation by director Tim Burton and writer John Logan is that Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, and Sacha Baron Cohen do a lot more than simply survive the songs. more...
  • Sign o' the Times

    Deftly and seamlessly integrating Prince's live performances in Antwerp and Rotterdam with thematically related interludes shot in his Minneapolis studio, this 1987 concert film starts fairly effectively and builds steadily from there. more...