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Musicals

As soon as sound was introduced to the movies, the movie musical was born. The musical was one of the most popular movie entertainments from the 1930s through to the 50s, before falling out of favour at the end of the 60s for audiences now being weened on Vietnam, race riots, political assassinations, flower power and psychedelia. The musical still continued onwards, albeit in a different form, with various efforts such as "Cabaret", "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", "Grease", "Hair", "All That Jazz" and "The Blues Brothers" appearing over the next decade. More recently, "Moulin Rouge" and particularly "Chicago" hark back to the glory days of the musical. Right: Liza Minnelli does "Cabaret"

Viva Las Vegas ( Blu-ray ) (1963)

6.4/10
Director: George Sidney
Starring: Elvis Presley, Ann-Margret , Cesare Danova, William Demarest, Nicky Blair

In one of his biggest and best films, Elvis Presley is "just a devil with love to spare" as a race car driver looking to enter the Las Vegas Grand Pri... Read more

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)

6.8/10
Director: Jake Kasdan
Starring: John C Reilly, Jenna Fischer, Tim Meadows

John C. Reilly stars in this pitch-perfect spoof of the rock biopic genre, chronicling the life of country boy-turned-music superstar, Dewey Cox. Foll... Read more

Walk the Line (2005)

7.9/10
Director: James Mangold
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Patrick, Dallas Rob...

Joaquin Phoenix channels the late, great Johnny Cash in this no-holds-barred biopic of the Man in Black. Bookended by the famous Folsom Prison concer... Read more

Welcome (2007)

6.8/10
Director: Anees Bazmee
Starring: Anil Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Paresh Rawal, Nana Patekar, Feroz Khan

Writer/director Anees Bazmee says he 'takes comedy seriously' and it shows in this accomplished farce featuring Bollywood's finest. Beautiful Sanjana... Read more

West Side Story (1961)

7.6/10
Director: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise
Starring: Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn

Leonard Bernstein's classic musical updating of "Romeo and Juliet" stars Richard Beymer and Natalie Wood as Tony and Maria, the doomed lovers caught u... Read more

West Side Story ( Blu-ray ) (1961)

7.6/10
Director: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise
Starring: George Chakiris, Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno, Russ Tamblyn

Leonard Bernstein's classic musical updating of "Romeo and Juliet" stars Richard Beymer and Natalie Wood as Tony and Maria, the doomed lovers caught u... Read more

What A Way To Go! (1964)

7/10
Director: J Lee Thompson
Starring: Shirley MacLaine, Dick Van Dyke, Gene Kelly, Paul Newman, Dean Martin, Robert Cu...

This exuberant '60s comedy stars Shirley MacLaine as Louisa May, a woman who, despite her best efforts to marry for love, always winds up with a man w... Read more

White Christmas (1954)

7.6/10
Director: Michael Curtiz
Starring: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney

Timeless holiday classic stars Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye as a pair of merry veterans who become famous song-and-dance men after World War II. Soon, t... Read more

Wild In The Country (1961)

6.5/10
Director: Philip Dunne
Starring: John Ireland, Hope Lange, Elvis Presley, Tuesday Weld, Millie Perkins

A red-neck youth (Elvis) is desperate to become a respected writer! A real curiosity with good performances by Tuesday Weld and Hope Lange. Read more

Wild Zero (2000)

6.6/10
Director: Tetsuro Takeuchi
Starring: Guitar Wolf, Drum Wolf, Bass Wolf, Masashi Endo, Kwancharu Shitichai

When aliens start turning the population into flesh-eating zombies, only rock fan Ace and his favourite band, Guitar Wolf (and they're a real band!) h... Read more