Four stars (PG-13)

Jamie Foxx, Beyonce Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Hudson

Big screen adaptation of the the 1981 musical about the rise to stardom of a Motown-style female trio that is not The Supremes, directed by Bill Condon, who wrote the screenplay for Chicago and directed Gods and Monsters and Kinsey. I don’t have much use for musicals, but I can tell you that this is a very good one. Despite the fact that the cast sings damn near everything, the production grabbed me and held me tight all the way through. The songs range from good to applause-right-there-in-the-movie-theater worthy, the cast (especially Oscar-winner Hudson) is outstanding and Condon’s swirling, shifting direction keeps the eye engaged while propelling the story along in a skittering fashion. 130 minutes.

DVD INFO: Two regular editions (one widescreen, one fullscreen) of the film are available, plus a two-disc special edition.

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