In 1979, a student has romantic adventures in the Med; this links with the present. Both sequel and prequel to Mamma Mia!, this ABBA-based jukebox musical is part-reprise, part deconstruction. More fun than the first, and as impermeable to criticism as its predecessor. You’ll either love it, or be baffled.
A free-spirited woman compels a once-clean-cut GI to go AWOL. A World War II-era retelling of Bizet’s Carmen with an all-black cast, retaining the music but with updated lyrics. A film version of a famous stage adaptation; this sacrifices drama for a lighter touch until the third act, but is nevertheless an engaging oddity.
A quasi-documentary (archive footage, plus new interviews and other – fabricated – material) about Bob Dylan’s 75-76 US tour. Splendid and slippery attempt to capture/deconstruct a party on wheels masterminded by a playful set of hosts: Dylan, then Scorsese.
A musical about showman PT Barnum. That rarest of things these days – an original live-action movie musical. You’ll either love it or hate it, that’s for sure. Good-looking and well made, but goes for the simple and easy trick every time. Eyes and teeth!
CG-tastic live-action remake of the 90s Disney musical animation. There’s a couple of new songs, but all this really adds is running time; a soulless moneyspinner that despite good performances does nothing that the original didn’t do a lot better.
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A hapless theatre owner tries one last time to save his dreams. Its hoary premise aside, and some charmless character design notwithstanding, this is a chirpy jukebox musical hitting all the right feelgood notes, with a handful of quality jokes.
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Chicago women refuse sex to their menfolk to make them end their gang war. A spectacular reworking of Aristophanes’ ancient Greek play Lysistrata, the told-in-rhyme Chi-Raq is an urgent reminder that Spike Lee is one of the US’s finest modern filmmakers.