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  • Hairspray (PG)

    John Waters's 1988 musical comedy set in 1962 Baltimore represented a good many firsts for the celebrated underground “bad taste” writer-director-producer: his biggest budget, his first period foray, his first PG-rated movie, and his first real brush with politics—the issue of integrating a local TV dance show in Baltimore during the height of the civil rights movement. more...
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  • Hairspray (PG)

    Adam Shankman's 2007 movie version of the Broadway hit—itself based on John Waters's 1988 film—satirizes prejudice about race, class, and physical appearance in 1962 Baltimore. more...
  • Hard Times (PG)

    Walter Hill (The Warriors) made a very impressive transition from screenwriter to director with this Depression story of a street fighter (Charles Bronson) and his promoter (James Coburn) trying to eke out a life in New Orleans. more...
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  • Harold and Maude (PG)

    Bud Cort is a poor little rich boy who fakes suicides to attract his mother's attention; Ruth Gordon is a life-loving septuagenarian who steals cars and poses in the nude. more...
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (PG)

    I hear the J.K. Rowling books are great, and on the basis of this 2001 movie I'm ready to believe it; the fantasy of empowerment whereby the Cinderella-like hero (Daniel Radcliffe) takes a 19th-century train from the present back to the medieval Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is by itself worth the price of admission. more...
  • Haunted Castle 3D (PG)

    I saw several parents drag their children out of the theater during the first few minutes of this large-format 3-D chiller, which only gets more intense as it goes on. more...
  • The Heartbreak Kid (PG)

    A head-on collision between director Elaine May's pathos and Bruce Jay Friedman's cruelty, this film (1972) of a likeable Jewish schmuck (Charles Grodin) and his two marriages (to Jeannie Berlin and Cybill Shepherd) shows what happens when someone's anti-Semitic fantasies come true. more...
  • Heaven Is for Real (PG)

    A young boy claims to have visited heaven during a near-death experience in this family drama directed by Randall Wallace. more...