Screen Junkies » BURLESQUE http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:33:55 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Rachele Brooke Smith http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/rachele-brooke-smith/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/rachele-brooke-smith/#comments Wed, 22 Dec 2010 18:58:00 +0000 Reza F. http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Gallery&p=13162 A dancer by training, most of Burlesque actress Rachele Brooke Smith’s roles to date have involved some variation of dancing.

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A dancer by training, Burlesque actress Rachele Brooke Smith’s movie roles to date have mostly involved some form of dancing. She’s played a cheerleader, a break-dancer, another break-dancer, a dancer in a nightclub, and a backup dancer for Alvin and the Chipmunks. Hard to say what she’ll take on next, but there’s a good chance it’ll involve a catchy rhythm and some kind of sequin costume.

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Review: Burlesque http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-burlesque/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-burlesque/#comments Tue, 23 Nov 2010 22:36:29 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=9076 Burlesque has good music and dancing, so that’s all it needs. It’s no Step Up 3D but they put on a good show.

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I knew the story of Burlesque before I even saw it. Stop me if you’ve heard this. Ali (Christina Aguilera) starts out in a farm town dump called Dwight’s bar, but she leaves for L.A. dreams. After she can’t get work as a professional dancer, she stumbles into Clu Burlesque, where she sees an extraordinary show put on by Tess (Cher) and her girls.

Tess isn’t interested in another wannabe, but Ali proves herself. On her rise up to the top of the burlesque game, Ali displays a secret talent that could save Club Burlesque from foreclosure. However, success also attracts temptations for Ali. She feuds with the other dancers and that flirtation with the model hot bartender Jack (Cam Gigandet) may or may not turn into more than friendship.

You know the story. It’s Funny Girl in lingerie. Burlesque has good music and dancing, so that’s all it needs. It’s no Step Up 3D but they put on a good show. They’re not as awesome as the “Hellcats” but their kicks are still impressive. It’s a high energy party full of fun camaraderie.

I really like this version of the archetypal story. They always have the doe eyed dreamers imagine they’re the stars. At least when Ali pretend sings to herself, it’s Christina Aguilera belting it out and doing real choreography, not some America’s Sweetheart lip syncing into a hair brush.

Ali absorbs the choreography like she’s downloading it from the Matrix. They’ve got montages where she practices her moves on the street. She’s Full Montying it. When they have to have a plot, the dialogue is witty with puns and inside jokes. How else do you want them to get through this plot? That nickname line is classic. They get catty too, and there’s high melodrama. Tess’s mentorship is honest and present. She’s not sure about her feelings, she’s just sharing them. That’s the difference between A-list writing and clichés. The A-listers give it a little life. Tess’s number two Sean (Stanley Tucci) gets some great moments of wisdom with a little more life than the usual wise old gay comic relief.

The film is definitely loaded towards Aguilera. Sorry, Cher fans, but at least Tess randomly comes in late one night to do a solo. They should throw that in more. That’s what movies are for, just have characters be awesome just to be awesome. Now it seems like that’s just how Tess rolls. She comes in to sing demos for the Oscar reel. Somehow they forgot to do a duet though.

I don’t understand the level of some critical hate though. Do they just hate evergreen stories every time they come back around? Okay, but do they hate fun too? A movie ticket price is a bargain for this level of A-list stage spectacle, and they point the camera at all the good parts so you don’t miss anything. You’ll be singing the songs all the way home. At least I did.

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Cher Judges Christina Aguilera in ‘Burlesque’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/cher-judges-christina-aguilera-in-burlesque-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/cher-judges-christina-aguilera-in-burlesque-trailer/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Stanley Tucci gets handsey with the new "star." So...the trailer for Burlesque is here? If you haven't seen one of those "Midwestern girl comes to Los Angeles to make it big but ends up getting more than she bargained for" movies than you're in a for a treat. If you have, than I hope you like Christina Aguilera in whore makeup. She's had it on since the Lady Marmalade music video from Moulin Rouge. Stanley Tucci delivers the sass like a pro (why is he so good at being sassy?), and Cam Gigandet plays second fiddle to his bowler cap. The standout part of the trailer though is the flawless CGI work. Cher is as realistic and expressive as ever. Kudos Andy Serkis, for donning the motion capture suit once again and bringing another memorable character to life. Check out the trailer after the jump...

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Stanley Tucci gets handsey with the new "star."

So…the trailer for Burlesque is here? If you haven’t seen one of those "Midwestern girl comes to Los Angeles to make it big but ends up getting more than she bargained for" movies than you’re in a for a treat. If you have, than I hope you like Christina Aguilera in whore makeup. She’s had it on since the Lady Marmalade music video from Moulin Rouge.

Stanley Tucci delivers the sass like a pro (why is he so good at being sassy?), and Cam Gigandet plays second fiddle to his bowler cap. The standout part of the trailer though is the flawless CGI work. Cher is as realistic and expressive as ever. Kudos Andy Serkis, for donning the motion capture suit once again and bringing another memorable character to life.

Check out the trailer after the jump…


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Burlesque http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/burlesque/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/burlesque/#comments Thu, 05 Aug 2010 17:49:23 +0000 Defy Media Director: Steve Antin Cast: Christina Aguilera, Cher, Stanley Tucci, Kristen Bell, Alan Cumming, Cam Gigandet

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Director: Steve Antin

Cast: Christina Aguilera, Cher, Stanley Tucci, Kristen Bell, Alan Cumming, Cam Gigandet

Synopsis: A small-town girl ventures to Los Angeles and finds her place in a neo-burlesque club run by a former dancer.

Release Date: November 24th, 2010

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