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    Sparkle

    Sparkle

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    Released 1976
    Sparkle is a 1976 musical drama directed by Sam O'Steen. In the late 1950s, three sisters are coming of age in Harlem. Dramatic, high-spirited Sister (Lonette McKee), observant Dolores (Dwan Smith) and good-natured Sparkle (Irene Cara) are all aspiring singers. They start out singing in the church choir, but their friend Stix (Philip Michael Thomas), a budding songwriter, has bigger and better plans in store for them. Together with a fifth choir member, Levi (Dorian Harewood), the five Harlem teenagers start a quintet and soon start gaining attention in local competitions. Sister is a vibrant singer, outshining the others. It seems like the Hearts will go far together, but when Levi drops out, Sister arranges an all-girl group called Sister & the Sisters. Now truly on their way to fame and fortune, the group keeps meeting obstacles along the way. Sister's abusive relationship with a gangster (Tony King) and Dolores' jealousy and anger start to drive wedges between the siblings. It is up to Sparkle to stay true to her dream and find her own voice.moreless
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    Queen of the Damned

    Queen of the Damned

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    Released 2002
    Queen of the Damned is a horror film directed by Michael Rymer inspired by Anne Rice's vampire novels, The Vampire Lestat and The Queen of the Damned, which follows the awakening of the vampire Lestat (Stuart Townsend), a devilishly handsome and manipulative playboy who lives his life by no rules. After sleeping for decades in a crypt in New Orleans, Louisiana, he awakens and takes a local rock band into international stardom, playing on Lestat's vampirism as a stage gag. It seems that Lestat's newest antics has brought the attention of not only his maker, Marius (Vincent Perez), but the interest of a paranormal research group Talamasca and the long-dormant Akasha (Aaliyah), the first ever vampire and deemed Queen of the Damned. As Jesse Reeves (Marguerite Moreau) tracks him down, the awakened Akasha follows him, leaving young vampires destroyed in her wake. While Lestat revels in the humans love for him just as Marius and the other vampires shun the public eye, Akasha desires to turn the world into a bloody playground. That is, unless the other ancient vampires of the world join forces to save themselves and humanity.moreless
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    VeggieTales: Sumo of the Opera

    VeggieTales: Sumo of the Opera

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    Released 2012
    LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! Big Idea welcomes you to the ultimate Veggie event as The Italian Scallion takes on Apollo Gourd for the World Veggie-Weight Title! As the Italian Scallion, Larry is a joking pro wrestler who never manages to finish what he starts. But Larry finds that it's no laughing matter when he lands in the ring with Apollo Gourd. Can Larry stick with it and finish the match? How does a cucumber look in wrestling gear anyway? In this zany tale of perseverance, Larry learns that when you finish what you start, you always come out a winner! And don't miss "Going Up" - a VeggieTales short that follows the slapstick adventures of the Three Veggie Stooges as they try to deliver a very grand piano to the top floor of a mansion.moreless
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    Burlesque

    Burlesque

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    Released 2010
    Burlesque tells the story of Ali (Christina Aguilera) who, after leaving Iowa with stars in her eyes, arrives in Los Angeles and at a burlesque lounge, where she dreams of taking the stage with her soaring voice. Club owner Tess (Cher) is about to lose the place and thinks Ali might help business. Meanwhile, Ali's roommate, Jack (Cam Gigandet), starts to fall for her. Steve Antin directs; Stanley Tucci co-stars as Tess's sidekick, and Kristen Bell plays Ali's rival.moreless
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    Funny Girl

    Funny Girl

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    Released 1968
    Funny Girl is a musical film, released on September 19, 1968. The film is based on a novel by the same name. Set in New York City, Funny Girl follows the story of actress Fanny Brice (Barbara Streisand) and her relationship with gambler Nicky Arnstein. The film begins in the pre-World War II era and ends after the war has finished. In the beginning of the film, Fanny Brice is a teenager, aiming to become a comedian. After her first performance, she meets Nicky Arnstein. As Fanny becomes famous, her relationship with Nicky begins to flourish. Nicky marries Fanny after winning big during a poker game. They have a daughter and move to a big house. Nicky becomes involved in illegal activities and ends up being imprisoned. When Nicky is released, will Fanny take him back or has she had enough of his gambling issues? Funny Girl continues to be one of the classic films of all time.moreless
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    Annie: Special Anniversary Edition

    Annie: Special Anniversary Edition

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    Released 1982
    Annie is a musical film directed by John Huston adapted from the stage music of the same name and the Little Orphan Annie comic strip by Harold Gray that centers on Annie (Aileen Quinn), a young orphan living in the Hudson Street Orphanage in New York City who has hope that some day her parents would return to get her. Known for her never-ending optimism and her knack for constantly running away, Annie finds herself rebelling against the drunken tyrant Miss Hannigan (Carol Burnett), the orphanage's caretaker. Much to Miss Hannigan's dismay, it seems Annie and her newfound dog Sandy are taken into the home of billionaire Oliver Warbucks (Albert Finney), thanks to his need for a public image boost and the compassion of Miss Grace Farrell (Ann Reinking). As Annie is exposed to a world full of possibilities, Miss Hannigan conspires with her con-artist brother Rooster (Tim Curry) and his girlfriend Lily St. Regis (Bernadette Peters) to get Warbucks's reward for Annie's parents to return.moreless
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    Step Up 3

    Step Up 3

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    Released 2010
    New York's intense street dancing underground comes alive in the third installment of the STEP UP franchise as the raw, passion-fueled culture goes global. A tight-knit group of street dancers, including Luke and Natalie, team up with NYU freshman Moose, and find themselves pitted against the world's best hip hop dancers in a high-stakes showdown that will change their lives forever.moreless
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    Singin' in the Rain

    Singin' in the Rain

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    Released 1952
    Singin' in the Rain is a 1952 musical comedy starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O'Conner. Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) and Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen) are two silent film stars making their way into the world of talkies. After a chance meeting with Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds), Don begins to rethink his leading lady. Despite Kathy saying she is a stage actor and has no respect for films, it turns out she is a chorus girl and a big fan of Don Lockwood. Don and Lina's new film the Dueling Cavalier is converted into a talkie after the public's demand for the genre grows. The film is a disaster as the dialogue and technical aspects are far from perfected. Don and Cosmo Brown (Donald O'Conner) decide to dub Lina's voice with Kathy's and transform the Dueling Cavalier into a musical called the Dancing Cavalier. Lina is not happy with the development until the new talkie becomes a huge success. Kathy is conflicted as she has done the work to make the movie popular, but lacks the recognition received undeservedly by Lina.moreless
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    Crossroads

    Crossroads

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    Released 1986
    Crossroads is a 1986 film starring Ralph Macchio as Eugene Martone, a classical guitar student whose affection for American blues music leads him on a journey to find the missing work of blues legend Robert Johnson. Robert Johnson is a folk hero amongst blues musicians. He began as a mildly talented guitarist who would sing the blues around the Mississippi Delta as a young man. Then, he mysteriously advanced in skill extremely quickly. Legend has it Johnson went down to the crossroads, where he made a deal with the devil in exchange for his impressive new guitar skills. Young Juilliard student Eugene becomes obsessed with Johnson's story. When he learns an old musician friend of Johnson's is still alive, he sets off an a quest to learn the real story behind Robert Johnson and the blues. Joe Seneca plays the blind bluesman Willie Brown, Eugene's guide along the road to the blues. Jami Gertz plays Frances, another wanderer who forms a friendship with Eugene during the journey. Crossroads has earned a loyal cult following over the years because of its honest and modern look at the American obsessions with country music and the mythical figures that make it.moreless
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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory - 40th Anniversary Edition

    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory - 40th Anniversary Edition

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    Released 1971
    Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of a musical fantasy for the young, and the young at heart. The mysterious candy maker extraordinaire Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) hides a Golden Ticket inside five of his famous candy bars. The kids who find them are invited on a grand tour of the wondrous, wacky Wonka factory, and a chance for an even grander prize -- if they can resist temptation. The delightful musical score includes the hit song "The Candyman." From Roald Dahl's classic novel, produced by David Wolper ("Roots," "The Thorn Birds") and nominated for an Academy Award.moreless
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    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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    Released 2005
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is Tim Burton’s bold remake of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s story of a boy and a golden ticket. Willy Wonka (Johnny Depp) closed his chocolate factory’s doors years ago, but they are about to be opened once again. The aging Wonka wants to find an heir, so he announces a contest: Find one of the five golden tickets hidden in Wonka Bars around the world, and receive a tour of the company and a lifetime supply of chocolate. One of the five lucky children to find the tickets is Charlie Bucket (Freddie Highmore), a poor boy with heart of gold, who’s always dreamed of something more. Tim Burton’s film isn’t so much a remake of the original 1971 film, but I faithful recreation of Dahl’s book. Of course, Burton brings his intense and vibrant visual style to the table. He makes the story his own while being true to the original.moreless
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    Polar Express

    Polar Express

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    Released 2004
    The Polar Express is a 2004 film based on the children's book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg, written, directed, and produced by Robert Zemeckis and made with computer animation. The story is set on Christmas Eve, when a boy is swept up by Santa Claus along with other children to board a magical train ride headed for the North Pole. The characters in the film were animated using “live actionâ€? performance captures, which uses real actors movements to apply to animated characters. It featured the voices of Tom Hanks, Daryl Sabara, Nona Gaye, Jimmy Bennett, and Eddie Deezen. The train used is modeled after a Lima locomotive, a train that can climb 80 degree hills, descending vertical grades, and riding over thin ice without breaking through. In addition to a 35mm theatrical release, a 3D version was released for IMAX using the 3D digital models that were used for the 35 mm version. The 3D version met more success and was released along with the 2D version on DVD and Blu-ray.moreless
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    Joyful Noise

    Joyful Noise

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    Released 2012
    Music and film superstars Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah duet in this gospel choir dramedy about an unlikely partnership between two strong-minded women who are forced to work together to save a small town gospel choir after budget cuts threaten to shut them down. Latifah plays the no-nonsense mom put in charge of the choir while Parton plays the choir director's widow. With a strong musical component, this inspirational film, also starring Kris Kristofferson and Courtney B. Vance, is written and directed by Todd Graff (Bandslam) and produced by the Oscar-nominated team behind The Blind Side.moreless
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    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    The Nightmare Before Christmas

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    Released 1993
    The Nightmare Before Christmas is an acclaimed and beloved stop motion animation musical holiday favorite (for both Halloween and Christmas) produced by the king of the delightfully ghoulish, Tim Burton (Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, Batman Returns, Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd, Sleepy Hollow and Pee Wee's Big Adventure). Voiced by veteran character actor Chris Sarandon (Fright Night, The Princess Bride, Child's Play, Dog Day Afternoon, Bordello of Blood), Jack Skellington is the mayor of Halloween town who, while his fellow denizens' enthusiasm for the annual festivities peaks, inwardly yearns to experience something different Ð a holiday festivities change of pace. To this end, catching a glimpse of the magical world of Christmas, Skellington decides to politely hijack the holiday and take on Santa Claus's duties himself, taking the rotund Kringle hostage and delivering his own special brand of bestial baubles to a perturbed kid population. Featuring songs composed (and even sung) by renowned maestro Danny Elfman, this modern classic is a delight for all ages.moreless
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    April in Paris

    April in Paris

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    Released 1952
    April in Paris is an early-50s mistaken-identity musical slapstick comedy at its best. Directed by David Butler, the film stars mid-20th century entertainment icon Doris Day as Ethel Jackson, a showgirl who the U.S. State Department selects by mistake to represent her country at a French art festival. During the voyage to France, Ethel meets Sam Putnam (Ray Bolger), a State Department handler who realizes the government invited the wrong girl. Looking to make lemonade out of lemons, Sam is then tasked by his superiors with making the chronically crass Ethel presentable to Parisian high society. Ethel's crash course in culture drives the second act of the movie, and leads to energentic, over-the-top sight-gags, culminating in an extended party/musical number onboard the cruise ship. True to the genre's roots, the film is rife with romantic subplots. Characters fall in and out of love, setting in motion a cavalcade of "forbidden romance" scenarios complete with hidden nuptials jilted ex-lovers.moreless
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    Billy Rose's Jumbo

    Billy Rose's Jumbo

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    Released 1962
    The daughter of a circus owner fights to save her father from a takeover spearheaded by the man she loves in this Oscar-nominated musical. Oscar-nominee and Golden Globe-winner Dorris Day ("Pillow Talk"), Oscar- winner and Emmy-nominee Martha Raye (TV's "Alice in Wonderland") and Jimmy Durante ("It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World") star in this fun and lively production.moreless
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    Peter Pan

    Peter Pan

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    Released 2003
    Peter Pan is a 2003 family fantasy film directed by P.J. Hogan. In the film, Wendy Darling (Rachel Hurd-Wood) loves to read her little brothers, John (Harry Newell), and Michael (Freddie Popplewell), fairy tales about swashbuckling evil pirates and the heroes that fight them. One night the children are treated to a visit by Peter Pan (Jeremy Stuper), a magical boy who lives in Never Never Land with a group of boys, the lost boys, and has an ongoing war with the evil Captain Hook (Jason Isaacs). Peter Pan tells the children all about his life with no rules and no grown ups and the children beg Peter to take them to Never Never Land. While in Never Never Land, the children meet Tink (Ludivine Sagnier), a magical fairy, and many other characters that inhabit the magical land. They also get to see Captain Hook and his pirate gang in action. Initially, the children embraced a place that had no restraints, but soon they miss their lives at home. Will the children permanently live in Never Never Land or will they return home to their parents and their rules?moreless
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    Camelot

    Camelot

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    Released 1967
    Camelot, a musical drama, was directed by Joshua Logan and released in theaters in 1967. The film is entirely based on the stage production composed by Lerner and Loewe. The story, which is presented as a long flashback in the mind of an aging King Arthur (Richard Harris), tells a timeless legend of both love and tragedy. King Arthur and Guinevere (Vanessa Redgrave) are set to wed as the result of an arranged marriage. King Arthur works to woo her, introducing her not only to his own love but also the glory of Camelot, his enchanted kingdom. Unfortunately, things begin to crumble for the newlyweds. Guinevere fights to resist the undeniable force that draws her to Sir Lancelot (Franco Nero), the best of King Arthur's knights and his dearest friend. Enemies move against the kingdom seeking to destroy both the monarchy and the ideals it represents. King Arthur must fight to maintain his self-control, dignity and honor in the face of life's most cruel betrayals. The film was nominated for five, and won three, Academy Awards.moreless
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    The Five Heartbeats

    The Five Heartbeats

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    Released 1991
    The Five Heartbeats pays tribute to the African-American musical artists of the early 1960s, who withstood racial barriers, unscrupulous record companies and personal demons to find their way to stardom. Director Robert Townsend ("Hollywood Shuffle") wrote the script with Keenan Ivory Wayans ("Scary Movie') and based the plot on real-life experiences of groups like The Dells and The Temptations. As the five young men make their way from their low-income, urban existence to the hit-making heights of Hollywood, the story doesn't shy away from showing the ugly realities of brutal criminals, drug abuse and infighting between the singers as part of the music scene. The soundtrack, overseen by the renowned Rhythm & Blues musician Stanley Clarke, perfectly captures the pop sound of the era, as does the authentic costumes and production. The cast, including Townsend, Michael Wright ("Oz") and Diahann Carroll ("Claudine"), shines in both the musical and dramatic parts of story of ambition against the odds.moreless
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    Bells Are Ringing

    Bells Are Ringing

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    Released 1960
    Bells Are Ringing is the motion picture adaption of the hit Broadway musical of the same name that tells the light-hearted tale of a Brooklyn telephone operator who's more interested in her clients' lives than their phone calls. Ella Peterson (Judy Holliday) is a likeable and social chatterbox who works for her cousin Sue's (Jean Stapleton) answering service, a small hole-in-the-wall operation called Susanswerphone. Through her work, she becomes deeply involved in the lives of her phone clients, which include several eccentric and oddball personalities. Mistaking the phone service as a front for an escort service, a doltish police detective named Barnes (Dort Clark) begins to listen in on the telephone traffic with wiretaps. In order to evade the eavesdropping, Ella tramps around New York City visiting each client in person, resulting in a series of interesting encounters including a visit to Jeffrey Moss (Dean Martin), a playwright with writer's block and an impending drinking problem. They eventually begin to have feelings for one another, but romantic and police complications begin to stretch the limits of their burgeoning relationship. Telephones are ringing, and hearts are singing in this classic musical of the 60s.moreless
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