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Save The Last Dance Review


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It is a strange coincidence that, as I rode in a taxi to the screening of Save the Last Dance, Irene Cara's "What a Feeling" played on the radio. I could imagine no more of a fitting primer for a film that basically amounts to Flashdance 2001.

Save the Last Dance is the story of a spunky white girl named Sara (Julia Stiles, State and Main) who has a gift for ballet. When her mother dies in a car crash on her way to one of Sara's dance auditions, Sara is not only devastated; she also fails the audition. With her mother gone, she is forced to move in order to live with her jazzman father in a seedy Chicago neighborhood where spunky white girls are an extremely rare find. Soon, however, she is hitting the dance floor once again -- trading in her ballet slippers for a thick-soled pair of hip hop sneakers. And it doesn't take long before the romance begins.

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Against The Ropes Review


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It's pretty rare that a movie's title describes the experience of viewing it. Against the Ropes is that uncommon example: You're on the losing end from the opening bell.

Scheduled to open last year, Against the Ropes is inspired by the life of boxing promoter Jackie Kallen (Meg Ryan). When we first meet Kallen, her career is going nowhere. She's stuck working for a Cleveland arena executive, who treats her like a nicer version of Kevin Spacey in Swimming with Sharks.

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Save The Last Dance Review


Grim
It is a strange coincidence that, as I rode in a taxi to the screening of Save the Last Dance, Irene Cara's "What a Feeling" played on the radio. I could imagine no more of a fitting primer for a film that basically amounts to Flashdance 2001.

Save the Last Dance is the story of a spunky white girl named Sara (Julia Stiles, State and Main) who has a gift for ballet. When her mother dies in a car crash on her way to one of Sara's dance auditions, Sara is not only devastated; she also fails the audition. With her mother gone, she is forced to move in order to live with her jazzman father in a seedy Chicago neighborhood where spunky white girls are an extremely rare find. Soon, however, she is hitting the dance floor once again -- trading in her ballet slippers for a thick-soled pair of hip hop sneakers. And it doesn't take long before the romance begins.

Continue reading: Save The Last Dance Review

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