Dave Tompkins :: DVD Library :: Movies :: IMDb Genre :: Music


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The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

Two drag queens and a transsexual get a cabaret gig in the middle of the desert.

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All That Jazz (1979)

Director/choreographer Bob Fosse tells his own life story as he details the sordid life of Joe Gideon (Roy Scheider), a womanizing, drug-using dancer.

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Almost Famous (2000)

A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies it on their concert tour.

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Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007)

A struggling songwriter named Dave Seville finds success when he comes across a trio of singing chipmunks: mischievous leader Alvin, brainy Simon, and chubby, impressionable Theodore.

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Alvin and the Chipmunks 3: Chipwrecked (2011)

Playing around while aboard a cruise ship, the Chipmunks and Chipettes accidentally go overboard and end up marooned in a tropical paradise. They discover their new turf is not as deserted as it seems.

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Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009)

The world famous singing pre-teen chipmunk trio return to contend with the pressures of school, celebrity, and a rival female music group known as The Chipettes.

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Amadeus (1984)

The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told in flashback mode by Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum.

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And the Ship Sails On (1983)

In July 1914 a luxury liner leaves Italy with the ashes of the famous opera singer Tetua. The boat is filled with her friends...

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Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2008)

At 14, best friends Robb Reiner and Lips made a pact to rock together forever. Their band, Anvil, hailed as the ''demi-gods of Canadian metal...

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Appalachian Spring (1958)

A filmed version of Aaron Copland's most famous ballet, with its original star, who also choreographed.

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Aristocats (1970)

Upon Madame Adelaide Bonfamille's passing her cat Duchess and 3 kittens stand to inherit her fortune. But not if Edgar the butler can help it.

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August Rush (2007)

A drama with fairy tale elements, where an orphaned musical prodigy uses his gift as a clue to finding his birth parents.

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Autumn Sonata (1978)

After having neglected her children for many years, world famous pianist Charlotte visits her daughter Eva in her home...

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Babette's Feast (1987)

In 19th century Denmark, two adult sisters live in an isolated village with their father, who is the honored pastor of a small Protestant church that is almost a sect unto itself...

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The Band's Visit (2007)

A band comprised of members of the Egyptian police force head to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center, only to find themselves lost in the wrong town.

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Beastie Boys: Video Anthology (2000)
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Billy Elliot (2000)

A talented young boy becomes torn between his unexpected love of dance and the disintegration of his family.

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Black Orpheus (1959)

A retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, set during the time of the Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro.

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Blues Brothers (1980)

Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and brother Elwood were raised.

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Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)

Elwood must reunite the old band, with a few new members, and go on another ''Mission from God.''

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The Bodyguard (1992)

A former Secret Service agent takes on the job of bodyguard to a pop singer, whose lifestyle is most unlike a President's.

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Buena Vista Social Club (1999)

Aging Cuban musicians whose talents had been virtually forgotten following Castro's takeover of Cuba, are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder, who travelled to Havana in order to bring the musicians together, resulting in triumphant performances of extraordinary music, and resurrecting the musicians' careers.

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The Burmese Harp (1956)

In the War's closing days, when a conscience-driven Japanese soldier fails to get his countrymen to surrender to overwhelming force, he adopts the lifestyle of a Buddhist monk.

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Cadillac Records (2008)

Chronicles the rise of Chess Records and its recording artists.

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Calle 54 (2000)

A film featuring performances of several stars of the Latin Jazz music scene.

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Center Stage (2000)

A group of 12 teenagers from various backgrounds enroll at the American Ballet Academy in New York to make it as ballet dancers and each one deals with the problems and stress of training and getting ahead in the world of dance.

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Chico & Rita (2010)

Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey - in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero - brings heartache and torment.

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The Chorus (2004)

The new teacher at a severely administered boys' boarding school works to positively effect the students' lives through music.

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Chuck Jones: Extremes and In-Betweens - A Life in Animation (2000)

The life and works of a legendary animator.

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Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962)

This movie shows us Clo, a French singer, who is afraid of getting the result of of a test from her doctor...

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Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)

Biography of Loretta Lynn, a country and western singer that came from poverty to fame.

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The Commitments (1991)

The travails of Jimmy Rabbitte to form the ''World's Hardest Working Band,'' The Commitments, and bring soul music to the people of Dublin, Ireland.

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Control (2007)

A profile of Ian Curtis, the enigmatic singer of Joy Division whose personal, professional, and romantic troubles led him to commit suicide at the age of 23.

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Country Strong (2010)

A rising country-music songwriter works with a fallen star to work their way fame, causing romantic complications along the way.

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Coyote Ugly (2000)

Aspiring songwriter Violet Sanford, after getting a job at a women-run NYC bar that teases its male patrons, comes out of her shell.

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Crazy Heart (2009)

A faded country music musician is forced to reassess his dysfunctional life during a doomed romance that also inspires him.

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A Dancer's World (1957)

Dancer, Choreographer, and Teacher Martha Graham offers insight into her theories about dance while the members of her world famous troupe display a number of their dance techniques in performance.

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Departures (2008)

A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals.

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Dirty Dancing (1987)

Spending the summer in a holiday camp with her family, Frances ('Baby') falls in love with the camp's dancing teacher.

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Discworld: Soul Music (1997)

Based on Terry Pratchett's Novel. On Discworld (a world carried by four elephants standing on a huge turtle in space), a small girl, Susan Sto Helit, has got a major problem. Her ...

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The Double Life of Veronique (1991)

Veronika lives in Poland. Veronique lives in Paris. They don't know each other. Veronika gets a place in a music school...

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Dreamgirls (2006)

Based on the Broadway musical, a trio of black female soul singers cross over to the pop charts in the early 1960's.

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Duets (2000)

A professional karaoke hustler reconnects with his daughter and a bored suburban businessman turns outlaw karaoke singer, among other plotlines.

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Eight Mile (2002)

A young rapper, struggling with every aspect of his life, wants to make the most of what could be his final opportunity but his problems around gives him doubts.

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ELVIS: That's the Way It Is (1970)

Concert footage and backstage documentary of singer Elvis Presley.

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Empire Records (1995)

The employees of an independent music store learn about each other as they try anything to stop the store being absorbed by a large chain.

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Fame (1980)

A chronicle of the lives of several teenagers who attend a New York high school for students gifted in the performing arts.

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Fantasia (1940)

A collection of animated interpretations of great works of Western classical music.

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Fantasia 2000 (2000)

An update of the original film with new interpretations of great works of classical music.

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Farewell My Concubine (1993)

The story of two men, who met as apprentices in the Peking Opera, and stayed friends for over 50 years.

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Fitzcarraldo (1982)

The story of Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an extremely determined man who intends to build an opera house in the middle of a jungle.

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Flashdance (1983)

A Pittsburgh woman with two jobs as a welder and an exotic dancer wants to get into ballet school.

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Footloose (1984)

A city boy comes to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned.

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Footloose (2011)

City kid Ren MacCormack moves to a small town where rock 'n' roll and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace.

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From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China (1981)

Isaac Stern's cultural tour of China is seen, with the master violinist performing and mentoring young Chinese musicians...

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The Full Monty (1997)

Six unemployed steel workers form a male striptease act. The women cheer them on to go for ''the full monty'' - total nudity.

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Fun And Fancy Free (1947)

Jiminy Cricket hosts two Disney animated shorts: ''Bongo,'' about a circus bear escaping to the wild, and ''Mickey and the Beanstalk,'' a take on the famous fairy tale.

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Get Him to the Greek (2010)

A record company intern is hired to accompany out-of-control British rock star Aldous Snow to a concert at L.A.'s Greek Theater.

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Gimme Shelter (1970)

A harrowing documentary of the Stones' 1969 tour, with much of the focus on the tragic concert at Altamont.

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Going My Way (1944)

A new priest shows up at the parish of a crusty old priest named Father Fitzgibbon. The new man, Father O'Malley...

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Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (2008)

A portrait of the late gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.

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Hamlet 2 (2008)

In this irreverent comedy, a failed actor-turned-worse-high-school-drama-teacher rallies his Tucson, AZ students as he conceives and stages politically incorrect musical sequel to Shakespeare's Hamlet.

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Hanna Montana: The Movie (2009)

As Hannah Montana's popularity begins to take over her life, Miley Stewart, on the urging from her father takes a trip to her hometown of Crowley Corners, Tennessee to get some perspective on what matters in life the most.

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Happy Feet (2006)

Into the world of the Emperor Penguins, who find their soul mates through song, a penguin is born who cannot sing. But he can tap dance something fierce!

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The Harder They Come (1972)

Wishing to become a successful Reggae singer, a young Jamaican man finds himself tied to corrupt record producers and drug pushers.

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

A transexual punk rock girl from East Berlin tours the US with her rock band as she tells her life story and follows the ex-boyfriend/bandmate who stole her songs.

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High Fidelity (2000)

Rob, a record store owner and compulsive list maker, recounts his top five breakups, including the one in progress.

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Home on the Range (2004)

To save their farm, the resident animals go bounty hunting for a notorious outlaw.

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Hustle & Flow (2005)

With help from his friends, a Memphis pimp in a mid-life crisis attempts to become a successful hip-hop emcee.

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I'm Still Here (2010)

Documenting Joaquin Phoenix's transition from the acting world to a career as an aspiring rapper.

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Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.

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It's All Gone Pete Tong (2004)

Former musician Frankie Wilde is a legend within the Ibiza club scene for being the most inspired DJ around...

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The Jazz Singer (1927)

The son of a Jewish Cantor must defy his father in order to pursue his dream of becoming a jazz singer.

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Jimi Plays Monterey (1986)
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Jubilee (1978)

Queen Elizabeth I travels to late twentieth-century Britain to discover a tawdry and depressing landscape where life mostly seems aimless and is anyway held cheap...

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Kinky Boots (2005)

A drag queen comes to the rescue of a man who, after inheriting his father's shoe factory, needs to diversify his product if he wants to keep the business afloat.

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Kolya (1996)

Franta Louka is a concert cellist in Soviet-occupied Czechoslovakia, a confirmed bachelor and a lady's man...

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Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

A movie with no conventional plot: merely a collection of expertly photographed scenes. Subject matter has a highly environmental theme.

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La Vie en Rose (2007)

The life story of singer Édith Piaf.

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The Last Days of Disco (1998)

Story of two female Manhattan book editors fresh out of college, both finding love and themselves while frequenting the local disco.

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A Late Quartet (2012)

Members of a world-renowned string quartet struggle to stay together in the face of death, competing egos and insuppressible lust.

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Legend of 1900 (1998)

Shortly after the Second World War, Max, a transplanted American, visits an English pawn shop to sell his trumpet. The shopkeeper recognizes the tune Max plays as one on a wax master of an ...

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Limelight (1952)

A fading comedian and a suicidally despondent ballet dancer must look to each other to find meaning and hope in their lives.

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Louie Bluie (1985)

About the obscure country-blues musician and idiosyncratic visual artist Howard ''Louie Bluie'' Armstrong, member of the last known black string band in America.

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The Magic Flute (1975)

The Queen of the Night offers her daughter Pamina to Tamino, but he has to bring her back from her father and priest Sarastro...

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Make Mine Music (1946)

Animation done to modern (for the 1940s) music.

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Melody Time (1948)

Animation done to contemporary music. Somewhat of a sequel to ''Make Mine Music''.

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Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004)

A documentary crew followed Metallica for the better part of 2001-2003, a time of tension and release for the rock band, as they recorded their album St. Anger, fought bitterly, and sought the counsel of their on-call shrink.

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A Mighty Wind (2003)

Mockumentary captures the reunion of 1960s folk trio the Folksmen as they prepare for a show at The Town Hall to memorialize a recently deceased concert promoter.

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Monterey Pop (1968)

A film about the greatest pre-Woodstock rock music festival.

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Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)

A frustrated composer finds fulfillment as a high school music teacher.

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Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005)

Laura Henderson buys an old London theater and opens it up as the Windmill, a performance hall which goes down in history for, among other things, its all-nude revues.

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Naqoyqatsi (2002)

A visual montage portrait of our contemporary world dominated by globalized technology and violence.

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Nashville (1975)

Over the course of a few hectic days, numerous interrelated individuals prepare for a political convention as secrets and lies are surfaced and revealed.

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A Night at the Opera (1935)

A sly business manager and two wacky friends of two opera singers help them achieve success while humiliating their stuffy and snobbish enemies.

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No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005)

A chronicle of Bob Dylan's strange evolution between 1961 and 1966 from folk singer to protest singer to ''voice of a generation'' to rock star.

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Notorious (2009)

The life and death story of Notorious B.I.G. (a.k.a. Christopher Wallace), who came straight out of Brooklyn to take the world of rap music by storm.

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Once (2006)

A modern-day musical about a busker and an immigrant and their eventful week in Dublin, as they write, rehearse and record songs that tell their love story.

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Peter Pan (1953)

Wendy and her brothers are whisked away to the magical world of Neverland with the hero of their stories, Peter Pan.

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The Piano Teacher (2001)

A young man romantically pursues his masochistic piano teacher.

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Pinocchio (1940)

A living puppet, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy.

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Pirate Radio (a.k.a. The Boat That Rocked) (2009)

A period comedy about an illegal radio station in the North Sea in the 1960s.

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Pitch Perfect (2012)

Beca, a freshman at Barden University, is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school's all-girls singing group. Injecting some much needed energy into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition.

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Powaqqatsi (1988)

An exploration of technologically developing nations and the effect the transition to Western-style modernization has had on them.

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A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

A look at what goes on backstage during the last broadcast of America's most celebrated radio show, where singing cowboys Dusty and Lefty, a country music siren, and a host of others hold court.

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The Proud Valley (1940)

In a Welsh coal mining valley, a young man with a beautiful singing voice is called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice when a pit disaster threatens.

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Quai des Orfevres (1947)

Jenny Lamour wants to succeed in music hall. Her husband and accompanist is Maurice Martineau, a nice but jealous guy...

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Ray (2004)

The life and career of the legendary popular music pianist, Ray Charles.

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The Red Shoes (1948)

A young ballet dancer is torn between the man she loves and her pursuit to become a prima ballerina.

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The Red Violin (1998)

A perfect red-colored violin inspires passion, making its way through three centuries over several owners and countries, eventually ending up at an auction where it may find a new owner.

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The Rocker (2008)

The Rocker tells the story of a failed drummer who is given a second chance at fame. Robert ''Fish'' Fishman...

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The Ruling Class (1972)

A member of the House of Lords dies in a shockingly silly way, leaving his estate to his son. Unfortunately...

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The Runaways (2010)

A coming-of-age biopic about '70s teenage band The Runaways.

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Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage (2010)

An in-depth look at the Canadian rock band Rush, chronicling the band's musical evolution from their progressive rock sound of the '70s to their current heavy rock style.

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Saludos Amigos (1943)

Disney animators tour South America and present four animated shorts inspired by their trip.

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Saturday Night Fever (1977)

A Brooklyn youth feels his only chance to get somewhere is as the king of the disco floor.

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Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

Author P.L. Travers reflects on her childhood after reluctantly meeting with Walt Disney , who seeks to adapt her Mary Poppins books for the big screen.

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The School of Rock (2003)

A wannabe rock star in need of cash poses as a substitute teacher at a prep school, and tries to turn his class into a rock band.

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Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock 'n' roller, Rodriguez.

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Shake!: Otis at Monterey (1989)
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Shall We Dance? (1996)

A successful but unhappy Japanese accountant finds the missing passion in his life when he begins to secretly take ballroom dance lessons.

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Shine (1996)

Pianist David Helfgott, driven by his father and teachers, has a breakdown. Years later he returns to the piano, to popular if not critical acclaim.

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Sister Act (1992)

When a worldly singer witnesses a mob crime, the police hide her as a nun in a traditional convent where she has trouble fitting in.

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The Soloist (2009)

A Los Angeles journalist befriends a homeless Julliard-trained musician, while looking for a new article for the paper.

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Sparkle (2012)

Set in the 1960s, three sisters form girl group and soon become local sensations with major label interest, but fame becomes a challenge as the close-knit family begins to fall apart.

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A Star is Born (1976)

A has-been rock star falls in love with a young, up-and-coming songstress.

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Step Up (2006)

Tyler Gage receives the opportunity of a lifetime after vandalizing a performing arts school, gaining him the chance to earn a scholarship and dance with an up and coming dancer, Nora.

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Step Up 2: The Streets (2008)

Romantic sparks occur between two dance students from different backgrounds at the Maryland School of the Arts.

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Step Up 3 (2010)

A tight-knit group of New York City street dancers,find themselves pitted against the world's best hip hop dancers in a high-stakes showdown.

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Step Up 4: Revolution (2012)

Emily arrives in Miami with aspirations to become a professional dancer. She sparks with Sean, the leader of a dance crew whose neighborhood is threatened by Emily's father's development plans.

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Swing Kids (1993)

The story of a close-knit group of young kids in Nazi Germany who listen to banned swing music from the US...

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Take the Lead (2006)

The real story of a dance teacher who believed in the talent of a group of problem kids.

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The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

In late 1950's New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Europe to retrieve a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy, named Dickie Greenleaf. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures.

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The Tales of Hoffmann (1951)

This a film version of the opera ''The Tales of Hoffmann'', however it is NOT just a film of a staged performance...

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Talk to Me (2007)

The story of Washington D.C. radio personality Ralph ''Petey'' Greene, an ex-con who became a popular talk show host and community activist in the 1960s.

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Team America: World Police (2004)

Popular Broadway actor Gary Johnston is recruited by the elite counter-terrorism organization Team America: World Police. As the world begins to crumble around him, he must battle with terrorists, celebrities and falling in love.

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Tender Mercies (1983)

A broken-down, middle-aged country singer gets a new wife, reaches out to his long-lost daughter, and tries to put his troubled life back together.

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This Is It (2009)

A compilation of interviews, rehearsals and backstage footage of Michael Jackson as he prepared for his series of sold-out shows in London.

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This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

Spinal Tap, the world's loudest band, is chronicled by hack documentarian Marti DeBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour.

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The Three Caballeros (1945)

Donald receives his birthday gifts, which include traditional gifts and information about Brazil (hosted by Z Carioca) and Mexico (by Panchito, a Mexican Charro Rooster).

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Three Colors: Blue (1993)

First of a trilogy of films dealing with contemporary French society concerns how the wife of a composer deals with the death of her husband and child.

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Topsy-Turvy (1999)

After Gilbert and Sullivan's latest play is critically panned, the frustrated team threatens to disband until it is inspired to write the masterpiece ''The Mikado.''

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Twenty Feet from Stardom (2013)

Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.

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Unfaithfully Yours (1948)

Sir Alfred De Carter suspects his wife of infidelity. While conducting a symphony orchestra, he imagines three different ways of dealing with the situation...

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Valley of the Dolls (1967)

Film version of Jacqueline Susann's best-selling novel chronicling the rise and fall of three young ladies in show business.

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Variety Lights (1950)

A beautiful but ambitious young woman joins a traveling troupe of third-rate vaudevillians and inadvertently causes jealousy and emotional crises.

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Victor, Victoria (1982)

A struggling female soprano finds work playing a male female impersonator, but it complicates her personal life.

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The Visitor (2007)

A college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment.

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Walk the Line (2005)

A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.

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Wayne's World (1992)

Two slacker friends try to promote their public-access cable show.

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Wayne's World 2 (1993)

The inseparable duo try to organize a rock concert while Wayne must fend off a record producer who has an eye for his girlfriend.

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What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)

A film about the singer Tina Turner and how she rose to stardom with her abusive husband Ike Turner and how she gained the courage to break free.

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Whisper of the Heart (1995)

A young girl finds that all the books she chooses in the library have been previously checked out by the same boy. Later she meets a very infuriating fellow...

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Woodstock (1970)

The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival.

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Yi Yi: A One and a Two... (2000)

Each member of a family in Taipei asks hard questions about life's meaning as they live through everyday quandaries...

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Young At Heart (2007)

A story of the Young at Heart Chorus, a group of senior citizens who perform contemporary and classic rock and pop songs.

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Zatoichi (2003)

The blind masseur/swordsman comes to a town in control of warring gangs, and while bunking with a farming family, he meets two women with their own agenda.

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