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    Saving Mr. Banks

    Saving Mr. Banks

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    Released 2013
    Film mogul Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) works with author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) on the movie "Mary Poppins."
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    Grease

    Grease

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    Released 1978
    Grease is the 1978 hit musical featuring featuring a young John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, and is now available on Amazon. Grease tells the story of 1950's high school adolescence and the trials and tribulations of finding ones identity in a world of cliques, posers, and peer-pressure. Travolta plays Danny Zuko, a member of the leather-wearing, hair-slicking T-Birds who falls in love with (what was supposed to be a summer fling) wholesome Australian exchange student Sandy Olsson. When school starts up again, Danny and Sandy are shocked to find out they go to the same school, where the freedom of those summer nights no longer apply. Danny is no longer the sensitive nice guy he was, and Sandy is left heartbroken, and takes comfort with her new friends, the gum chewing, flashy and sassy Pink Ladies. She does her best to fit in to her new school while ignoring Danny's distasteful bravado. The two soon realize the strength of their true feelings for each other but must give up there reputations around school (the most valued high school currency) to finally be together.moreless
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    High School Musical 3: Senior Year

    High School Musical 3: Senior Year

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    Released 2008
    High School Musical 3: Senior Year is a 2008 Disney family comedy in the style of a musical, starring Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman, Olesya Rulin, and Chris Warren Jr. in a song-packed follow up to the first two movies in the very popular High School Musical series. Troy Bolton (Zac Efron), Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Hudgens) and friends are now in their senior year of high school and even nearing the end of that. With Gabriella’s dream of attend the Julliard School of the Arts in New York City and Troy’s countering plans of attending the nearby University of New Mexico on a basketball scholarship, it looks like American tweens’s favorite couple is headed for a split. Everyone is growing up and trying to go out with a bang in this song-and-dance packed movie about a huge transition in every college-bound high school senior’s life. High School Musical 3: Senior Year won two 2009 Blimp Awards, two 2009 MTV Movie Awards, a 2008 Phoenix Film Critics Society (PFCS) Award, and two 2009 Teen Choice Awards, and was nominated for five additional 2009 Teen Choice Awards, a 2009 Golden Reel Award, and 3 additional 2009 MTV Movie Awards.moreless
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    Footloose

    Footloose

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    Released 2011
    The 1984 classic is now the modern hit that will make you stand up and cheer! Big city teen Ren McCormack (Kenny Wormald) moves to a quiet little town and discovers that the hard-line minister has outlawed loud music and dancing. But everything changes when Ren decides to challenge the ban, revitalizing the town and falling in love with the minister's rebellious daughter Ariel (Julianne Hough). Critics and audiences agree "Footloose has an infectious spirit"* so get ready to cut loose! *Alynda Wheat, PEOPLEmoreless
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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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    The Sound of Music

    The Sound of Music

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    Released 1965
    The Sound of Music is the 1965 musical sensation that has become a staple of the genre, won numerous Academy Awards and remains one of the most beloved films of all time, from director Robert Wise (The Day the Earth Stood Still). Julie Andrews (My Fair Lady) stars as Maria, a nun who is just so in love with the world. The nuns get tired of it, so they send her off to become the nanny of Colonel Von Trapp's (Christopher Plummer, Wolf, Dolores Claiborne) house. There are tons of kids in the family. At first, the kids don't like her, but they soon start to. There are many things going on in the house. The oldest daughter is dating a Nazi. The father is engaged to a obstreperous shrew. Maria soon falls in love with the father, and the father soon falls for her. Winner of five Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Music.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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    Across the Universe

    Across the Universe

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    Released 2007
    Across the Universe is the 2007 musical film directed by Julie Taymor. The film takes place in America in the turbulent 1960's and is set to a backdrop of songs by the famous rock band The Beatles. Universe is the story of Jude (Jim Sturgess) as he ventures to America to discover his yet unknown American father (Robert Clohessy). Meanwhile Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood) pines for her boyfriend Daniel (Spencer Liff) as he is shipped off to fight in the Vietnam War. Jude eventually becomes friends with Lucy's brother Max (Joe Anderson), and Jude falls in love with Lucy. Daniel is killed while away in the war and Lucy goes to visit Max, who is now roommates with Jude, in New York City. After a strange LSD trip in which Jude, Lucy, Max and Doctor Robert (Bono) encounter Mr. Kite (Eddie Izzard), Max is deployed to Vietnam, further encouraging Lucy to join the anti-war movement. Jude becomes frustrated with the anti-war group that Lucy joins ("Students for a Democratic Republic"), and becomes involved in a debacle with protestors and the police. After Jude is deported for being in the country illegally, he eventually believes that Lucy has been killed. When he learns that Lucy is still alive, he finds his way back to America to be with her. Also starring Dana Fuchs, Salma Hayek, and Martin Luther McCoy, Across the Universe received a mixed critical reception.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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    Mulan

    Mulan

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    Released 1998
    Mulan is a 1998 animated drama that tells the story of a young woman who impersonates a boy so that she can fight for her country. When Han China is invaded by an army of Huns, the emperor decrees that one man from every family must join the army and fight. When her elderly father, Fa Zhou (Soon-Tek Oh) is chosen, Mulan (Ming-Na) decides to disguise herself and go in his place. Initially, she has difficulty acting like a man and learning how to fight, but in time she becomes a skilled and lethal warrior. Eventually, however, it is discovered that Mulan is a woman, and she is not allowed to fight with the army anymore. Though she is left behind, she journeys ahead to the Imperial City to warn the emperor about the huge enemy force heading his way. Will the words of a young woman sway the emperor or will the country be overrun by the approaching Huns?moreless
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    Hairspray (Musical)

    Hairspray (Musical)

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    Released 2007
    It's 1962, and change is in the air in Baltimore. Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one passion--to dance. She wins a spot on the local TV dance program, "The Corny Collins Show" and is transformed overnight from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity. But can the trendsetting Tracy win the heart of teen-dream Link Larkin and stand up for what she believes in, despite the program's scheming stage manager? All she needs is her best friend Penny, a toe- tappin' beat - and a little HAIRSPRAY!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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    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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    Company

    Company

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    Released 2007
    Company is the 2007 remake of a 1970's musical, and the winner of a Tony Award for best musical revival. The musical is based on a book by George Furth, with music and lyrics composed by Stephen Sondheim, and was one of the first theatrical musicals that dealt with adult struggles in the upper-middle class. Bobby (Raul Esparza) is celebrating his 35th birthday by pledging that he will never marry. He refuses to make a wish, believing that the friends gathered around him are all the company he needs. In a fashion similar to the ghosts from a Christmas Carol, Bobby is lead through a series of vignettes with each of the couples at the party. The scenes lean Bobby to see his friends' marriages in a new light, discovering that their relationships are both complex and fulfilling. The closeness, concern and love that he experiences through their eyes leads Bobby to change the way he views both his friends and his own future. The video recording of the Broadway tour was filmed at the Ethel Barrymore Theater in New York City.moreless
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    A Christmas Carol

    A Christmas Carol

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    Released 2004
    Kelsey Grammer ("Frasier") brings Ebenezer Scrooge to life in this musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic tale. During a Christmas Eve dream that evolves into nightmarish proportions, embittered and miserly Scrooge is visited by three Christmas ghosts: Past, Present and Future, who show him the life he has lived and the future consequences of that life.moreless
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    School Dance

    School Dance

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    Released 2014
    High schooler Jason has found his dream girl-the gorgeous Anastacia. There's just one problem: she doesn't know he exists. If he can win a spot on the school's hottest dance crew, Jason might have a shot. But before he does, he'll have to overcome his battle-ax of a mother, survive Anastacia's gangsta brother, and pass the crew's initiation-in this fresh, sexy, and outrageously funny comedy.moreless
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    Practical Magic

    Practical Magic

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    Released 1998
    Practical Magic is a 1998 comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman as supernaturally gifted sisters. After losing both their parents, Sally (Sandra Bullock) and Gillian Owens (Nicole Kidman) were raised by their aunts, Fran (Stockard Channing) and Jet (Dianne Wiest), who secretly happen to be witches. Sally and Gillian have inherited the family magical gifts as well as an ancient curse that dooms their love lives. Every man they love will suffer an early death. Each Owens sister rebels in their own way. Feisty Gillian has a taste for wild men, like Jimmy (Goran Visnjic) and practical Sally tries to craft a suburban life, but when her husband gets killed by a car, she returns to her aunts' house and tries to use her gift for potions to make beauty products. When Gillian's bad boy creates a dangerous situation, Officer Gary Hallet (Aidan Quinn) comes to the house to investigate and the Owens' secret life may be revealed, or maybe the family curse can finally be broken. Griffin Dunne directs this funny and romantic witches' brew.moreless
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