None of the surviving Beatles participated in the making of Across the Universe. Nevertheless, the music of history’s greatest rock band is everywhere in Julie Taymor’s ambitious tableau of love, loss, and redemption.
Animated features have for so long been the realm of the frivolous that The Prince of Egypt is a bit disconcerting. It's the biblical story of Moses, told with visual sophistication and remarkable fidelity to Scripture.
One may dispute Cecil B. DeMille’s claims of piety, but there was no arguing with his reputation as a master showman. Samson and Delilah nicely captures both DeMille’s strengths and his weaknesses.
There’s something kinda sneaky going on in The Music Man. On one level it’s a celebration of early 20th-century small town life. Tossed into this agrarian Eden is another quintessentially American character: the charming con artist.