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  • 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...
  • Sing-a-Long Sound of Music (G)

    Many critics trashed Robert Wise's 1965 screen version of The Sound of Music, but the musical's emotional openness and unguarded optimism honestly express the worldview of songwriters Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. more...
  • Sacrificial Youth

    High school skate punks, whose band recalls Suicidal Tendencies and Dead Kennedys, are courted by a major label, much to the chagrin of the underground-or-die lead singer. more...
  • Show Boat

    James Whale's brilliant and surprisingly delicate 1936 rendition of the Kern and Hammerstein musical, which was based on an Edna Ferber novel, is infinitely superior to the dull 1951 MGM Technicolor remake and, interestingly enough, less racist. more...
  • Silk Stockings

    Rouben Mamoulian's 'Scope musical remake of Ernst Lubitsch's Ninotchka is a little sluggish in spots, and the anti-Soviet propaganda is coarse and intrusive (the film was made in 1957, at the height of the cold war). more...