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Musical Films

Movie review: Les Misérables

Victor Hugo's timeless story reminds us that freedom and equality come not from the generosity of the state but the hands of the people who die fighting for them. Photo: Universal Pictures

With the exception of Russell Crowe, Les Misérables hits all the right notes and will go down in movie history as one of the most successful musical-to-movie adaptations. 

Friday, 4 January, 2013, 12:10pm 1 comment

A lacklustre old-new take

Casting Kristen Stewart as the 'fairest of them all' would make sense in many contexts. Unless, that is - and pardon my crassness - you cast the perennially stunning Charlize Theron as the beauty-obsessed evil queen with a magic mirror.

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Hard-knocks shine on stage

Good things often come in small packages. And for teen actress Katie Howard, it's her small stature that allowed her to land the dream role of Annie.

The character Annie is 11 years old, but Katie is a little older.

27 May 2012 - 12:00am

Orphan Annie's coming to cheer everyone up

Music-loving Hongkongers will have the chance to escape from their own 'hard knock lives' and enjoy a tale of doe-eyed optimism from an earlier period of economic turmoil when a British production of the much-loved musical Annie arrives in the city.

7 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Your chance to win tickets to see Annie

If you are in the mood for a heart-warming evening, Annie might do the trick. One of the best-loved family musicals of all time, it will take to the stage of the Lyric Theatre at the Academy for Performing Arts from May 31 until June 10.

28 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

FILM (1996)

Muppet Treasure Island Tim Curry, Kevin Bishop, Billy Connolly Director: Brian Henson

Before Captain Jack Sparrow, there was Long John Silver, played with gleeful theatrical relish by Tim Curry in Muppet Treasure Island. The Rocky Horror star's performance is reason enough to see the film, but there are others.

29 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

The Muppets (Film)

Five minutes into The Muppets, and the thought dawns on you: there's an innate foolishness in seeing live characters singing and interacting with felt-clad puppets.

You half expect co-writer, executive producer and star Jason Segel to burst out of character, stare directly at the camera and say, 'Gotcha! I had you going there, didn't I?'.

20 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

If Snow White didn't take the apple, what would have happened?

Sophie Cheung, 14, German Swiss International School

24 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Rocky Horror Show

If you like getting dressed up for Halloween, the Rocky Horror Show gives you the perfect excuse this year. The comedy rock show is as much about audience participation as it is the stage performance, and this year local actors will be camping it up to singalong classics such as the Time Warp and Toucha Touch Toucha Touch Me at the Arts Centre's Shouson Theatre.

9 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

FILM (1933)

Footlight Parade James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell Director: Lloyd Bacon

Chinese sing-song girls transformed into a giant portrait of Franklin Delano Roosevelt is just one of the many indelible images in this supreme example of Depression-era screen extravaganza.

27 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer McAulay Studio, Hong Kong Arts Centre Today, Dec 13, 2.30pm, also Sat, 8pm

He may be just 12 or 13 years old in Mark Twain's novel but when Joanna Gilchrist decided to adapt The Adventures of Tom Sawyer into a play, she decided to emphasise its boy hero's maturity.

10 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

The King will live on in film

If you see one movie this month, make it This Is It, the documentary based on rehearsals for Michael Jackson's comeback concerts.

Jackson was set to perform 50 shows in London starting in July, but died just weeks before the first gig.

1 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Rita Hui

Director Rita Hui Nga-shu's first feature film Dead Slowly, about a policeman who becomes obsessed with a female suspect in a food poisoning case, will be the only Hong Kong entrant for the New Currents award at the Pusan International Film Festival that begins on Thursday.

4 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Imperial Ice Stars: Cinderella on Ice

Imperial Ice Stars: Cinderella on Ice Lyric Theatre, HK Academy for Performing Arts Reviewed: Sept 11

15 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

In the face of danger, unlikely friendships see you through

The Underneath

By Kathi Appelt

Published by Simon and Schuster

ISBN 978 1 84738 310 5

Novels with animals as the central characters are notoriously difficult to pull off. Animals don't speak, or experience human emotions. Any writer who humanises animals for a novel for older readers is asking for trouble.

21 Jun 2009 - 12:00am