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Annie (2014)
22 months ago via Flixster

Awful review coming up.

Whiplash (2014)
22 months ago via Flixster

Review coming up.

Into the Woods
22 months ago via Flixster

First the good news, this is a largely faithful adaptation of the stage musical, save for a few changes and a compromised ending. There's more good news: Emily Blunt is simply wonderful as the Baker's Wife. She can act, she can sing and she can act-sing (or is it sing-act; whichever, she's really good at it). Meryl Streep has her moments (not sure about an Oscar-worthy performance though) and sings her heart out of LAST MIDNIGHT, one of those eleventh hour Broadway numbers. It is there that she makes us proud of her and almost atones for MAMMA MIA (almost! It is MAMMA MIA, after all). Also, James Lapine got to adapt the script and includes some decidedly delicious zingers. What's not to like. Truth be told, there's lots to like. Yet, somehow with such pedigree and sumptuous results, this throwback of a movie musical is not fully satisfying. What could have gone wrong? Perhaps the last reel (even though a digital copy) loses ground and the pizzaz all but dissipates. The knowing, continuous self-winking of the cast that seems to continuously bump into each other at the exact same patch of woods works best on stage when live but here just seems an overkill. Much better than his NINE, Marshall does not quite master the end results of CHICAGO, even with better material here. Yet, having said all this, I still highly recommend INTO THE WOODS for all Broadway musical lovers and Sondheim enthusiasts.