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Mao's Last Dancer
In this film based on a true story, a Chinese ballet dancer defects to the U.S. when he falls in love with a Houston dancer while on tour.
"...spoken by a Houstonian friend of the titular ballet dancer, Li Cunxin (Chi), this biopic about Li, a Chinese..."

Sept. 3, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Dancer, Texas Pop. 81
"...their childhood pact to get the heck out of Dancer, Texas, thereby decreasing their hometown's population by five percent...."

May 1, 1998 Movie Review by Hollis Chacona

Dancer in the Dark
Björk goes goes to the death chamber in musical interludes.
" the least, Jacques Tati. It's rough stuff, and Dancer in the Dark may be his roughest of all,..."

Oct. 6, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Dancer Upstairs
"...recent past in an unnamed South American city, The Dancer Upstairs is a character piece-cum-detective story wherein precious few..."

May 16, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Aztlan Dance Company: A Dancer's Life
Longtime Aztlan dancer Stephanie Mayorga Keeton doesn't just like to dance: She needs to dance
"...Artistic director and choreographer Roén Salinas repeatedly encourages the dancers to tighten their technique and "give it some love."..."

June 27, 2008 Arts Feature by Jonelle Seitz

Wharton Dancer
The flourishing legacy of the late Lone Star dramatist Horton Foote

March 12, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Cuban Fury
Nick Frost is a schlubby guy who's gotta dance.
"...notion that dancing and masculinity don’t mix. Here, the dancer with the spark is Bruce (Frost), a schlubby office..."

April 18, 2014 Movie Review by Steve Davis

"...York, Diamond's film gains a rare glimpse into the dancers' decidedly unglamorous lot of bruised knees, cracked feet, and..."

April 16, 1999 Movie Review by Sarah Hepola

Go for It!
A young woman in Chicago learns to overcome her fears and become a hip-hop dancer in this inspirational dance movie.
"...genre (the Step Up and Stomp movies): the self-taught dancer with a humble background, the inspirational teacher, the mismatched..."

May 20, 2011 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Step Up
This snooty-dancer-meets-street-dancer musical romance is so painfully intent on teaching its characters life lessons every few minutes that it forgets to be trashy.
"...future generations: When relieved of an interracial element, the snooty-dancer-meets-street-dancer musical romance (think: Save the Last Dance) loses much..."

Aug. 11, 2006 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Alive & Kicking
" Tonio (Flemyng), a brilliant and driven English ballet dancer in the early stages of AIDS. The most talented..."

Sept. 26, 1997 Movie Review by Russell Smith

Ballet 422
Doc captures young dancer Justin Peck choreographing his first ballet
"...Certainly it’s an interesting moment as 25-year-old dancer Justin Peck, then a member of the corps de..."

March 20, 2015 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Magic Mike
Steven Soderbergh directs this story about the male strippers of Tampa, whose lead characters are played by Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum.
"...Tatum is the Mike of the title, the lead dancer at Xquisite – an all-male strip revue geared toward..."

June 29, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Wim Wenders celebrates the great, innovative, German dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch – in commanding 3-D, no less.
"...German-born Pina Bausch was one of the most celebrated dancer/choreographers of her time – or any time. You won't..."

Feb. 10, 2012 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The Center of the World
"...and commerce is about as titillating as a lap dancer dressed in a snowsuit. Wang's “Last Tango in Las..."

May 4, 2001 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Dance With Me
"...and ends up falling hard for a love-shy American dancer (Williams) who's training for a big international competition in..."

Aug. 21, 1998 Movie Review by Russell Smith

In Memoriam: Rhoda Winter Russell
Movement therapy pioneer who knew the greats of dance has died
"...with an extraordinary history in dance. As an aspiring dancer in the Forties and Fifties, Rhoda Winter Russell crossed..."

Aug. 1, 2019 Arts Post by Robert Faires

True crime drama gets an A-list female empowerment sheen
"...of protection. When Destiny meets Ramona (Lopez), a veteran dancer with a knack for parting a man from his..."

Sept. 20, 2019 Movie Review by Matthew Monagle

Too Late
Experimental neo-noir is held together by the magnificent John Hawkes
"...named Sampson, who’s on the hunt for an exotic dancer named Dorothy (Reed), who fears for her safety. Drug..."

March 25, 2016 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

By the Sea
Angelina and Brad topline this modern-day arthouse relic by Jolie Pitt
"...into their relationship with each other. She’s a former dancer with hints of a trauma in her past; he’s..."

Nov. 20, 2015 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

'Ignite: Three Works'
Choreographer Jennifer Hart and dancer Edward Carr gather kindling, set a match
"...mid-morning sun in May, is tender and organic. Both dancers are barefoot, and Thompson's brown hair, in a long,..."

June 13, 2014 Arts Feature by Jonelle Seitz

The Immigrant
Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix star in James Gray's latest New York opus, a story about a woman turned out from Ellis Island to fend for herself on the mean streets of New York.
"...pushes it further open, steering Ewa to become a dancer, then a prostitute. Ewa doesn’t trust him, but she..."

May 30, 2014 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Frances Ha
There's a tour de force performance by Greta Gerwig and no small amount of magic in this winning movie by Noah Baumbach about a generation in flux.
" – is a study in contradictions. A modern dancer whose career is winding down before it ever really..."

May 31, 2013 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Step Up Revolution
A tired story is enlivened by dance happenings – essentially flash mobs with killer physiques.
"..."Serious" dancer Emily (McCormick, particularly wooden here) is the daughter of..."

July 27, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Welcome to the Rileys
Though the story is preposterous, terrific performances by James Gandolfini, Kristen Stewart, and Melissa Leo save the day.
"...where he first sets eyes on the young pole dancer, Mallory (Stewart). After another chance meeting, Doug suggests that..."

Nov. 12, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Chance Pe Dance
A struggling dancer lives out his dream of becoming professional in this Bollywood feature.
"...Satish Shah. Not reviewed at press time. A struggling dancer lives out his dream of becoming professional in this..."

Jan. 15, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Aaja Nachle
A dancer in New York returns home to India to see the teacher who taught her to dance and, ultimately, fight to save the school he built.
"...Dutta and Vinay Pathak. Not screened for press. A dancer in New York returns home to India to see..."

Nov. 30, 2007 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Lookout
The Lookout, an odd caper story, marks Scott Frank’s directorial debut after years of working as a screenwriter on movies like Get Shorty and Out of Sight.
"...Gary Spargo (Goode) and his partner, a former exotic dancer seductively named Luvlee Lemons (Fisher), convince Pratt to take..."

March 30, 2007 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

dot the i
In his English-language debut, Gael García Bernal plays one of the sides of a twisted love triangle
"...story, even though the character name Carmen (she’s a dancer too) is a good tip-off of tragedy to come...."

June 17, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

A Guy Thing
" hangover haze to find himself in bed with Tiki-dancer Becky (Stiles). Unable to recall anything about the night..."

Jan. 17, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

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