The Pirates of Penzance (1983) RT 80% / Audience 83%

DVD release: Dec 2003

In spite of being apprenticed to a Pirate King as a child, Frederic has led a very sheltered life. So when he arrives in Penzance with his boisterous shipmates, there are a ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Music • Romance
DIRECTION:  Wilford Leach
CAST:  Kevin Kline  •  Angela Lansbury  •  Linda Ronstadt  •  George Rose

The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) RT 81% / Audience 76%

DVD release: Jun 2001

When the Muppets graduate from Danhurst College, they take their song-filled senior revue to New York City, only to learn that it isn't easy to find a producer who's willing ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Family • Romance
DIRECTION:  Frank Oz
CAST:  Jim Henson  •  Frank Oz  •  Dave Goelz  •  Steve Whitmire

Happy Feet (2006) RT 75% / Audience 70%

DVD release: Mar 2007

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!  (more)

GENRES: Animation • Comedy • Family • Music
DIRECTION:  George Miller
CAST:  Lombardo Boyar  •  Robin Williams  •  Johnny A. Sanchez  •  Carlos Alazraqui

Saturday Night Fever (1977) RT 88% / Audience 71%

DVD release: Aug 2002

Nineteen-year-old Tony Manero lives for Saturday nights at the local disco, where he's king of the dance floor. But outside of the club, things don't look so rosy. At home, he ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Music
DIRECTION:  John Badham
CAST:  John Travolta  •  Karen Lynn Gorney  •  Barry Miller  •  Joseph Cali

Oliver! (1968) RT 81% / Audience 81%

DVD release: Aug 1998

Musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, a classic tale of an orphan who runs away from the workhouse and joins up with a group of boys headed by the Artful Dodger ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Family • Music
DIRECTION:  Carol Reed
CAST:  Ron Moody  •  Shani Wallis  •  Oliver Reed  •  Jack Wild

Hairspray (1988) RT 98% / Audience 80%

DVD release: Nov 2002

Ample teen Tracy Turnblad wants nothing more than to be on the hip local TV dance program, "The Corny Collins Show" -- and when her dream comes true, her lively moves and ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama • Family • Music • Romance
DIRECTION:  John Waters
CAST:  Sonny Bono  •  Ruth Brown  •  Divine  •  Debbie Harry

Victor Victoria (1982) RT 96% / Audience 86%

DVD release: Apr 2000

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

GENRES: Comedy • Music • Romance
DIRECTION:  Blake Edwards
CAST:  Julie Andrews  •  James Garner  •  Robert Preston  •  Lesley Ann Warren

Cry-Baby (1990) RT 73% / Audience 77%

DVD release: Jul 2005

A prim and proper schoolgirl goes against her mother's wishes when she dates a motorcycle-riding juvenile delinquent.  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Music
DIRECTION:  John Waters
CAST:  Johnny Depp  •  Amy Locane  •  Polly Bergen  •  Susan Tyrrell

Mamma Mia! (2008) RT 54% / Audience 66%

DVD release: Dec 2008

Set on an idyllic Greek island, the plot serves as a background for a wealth of ABBA hit songs. Donna, an independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on the island is ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Romance
DIRECTION:  Phyllida Lloyd
CAST:  Meryl Streep  •  Pierce Brosnan  •  Amanda Seyfried  •  Colin Firth

The Aristocats (1970) RT 66% / Audience 70%

DVD release: Apr 2000

When Madame Adelaide Bonfamille leaves her fortune to Duchess and her children -- Bonfamille's prize family of domesticated house cats -- the butler plots to steal the money ...  (more)

GENRES: Adventure • Animation • Comedy • Family
DIRECTION:  Wolfgang Reitherman
CAST:  Phil Harris  •  Sterling Holloway  •  Scatman Crothers  •  Eva Gabor




Hercules (1997) RT 83% / Audience 75%

DVD release: Nov 1999

Bestowed with superhuman strength, a young mortal named Hercules sets out to prove himself a hero in the eyes of his father, the great god Zeus. Along with his friends Pegasus ...  (more)

GENRES: Adventure • Animation • Comedy • Family • Fantasy • Romance
DIRECTION:  Ron Clements  •  John Musker
CAST:  Tate Donovan  •  Josh Keaton  •  Roger Bart  •  Danny DeVito

Little Shop of Horrors (1986) RT 90% / Audience 79%

DVD release: May 2000

Seymour Krelborn is a nerdy orphan working at Mushnik's, a flower shop in urban Skid Row. He harbors a crush on fellow co-worker Audrey Fulquard, and is berated by Mr. Mushnik ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Horror • Music
DIRECTION:  Frank Oz
CAST:  Rick Moranis  •  Ellen Greene  •  Vincent Gardenia  •  Steve Martin

The Little Mermaid (1989) RT 92% / Audience 88%

DVD release: Dec 1999

This colorful adventure tells the story of an impetuous mermaid princess named Ariel who falls in love with the very human Prince Eric and puts everything on the line for the ...  (more)

GENRES: Animation • Family
DIRECTION:  Ron Clements  •  John Musker
CAST:  Rene Auberjonois  •  Christopher Daniel Barnes  •  Jodi Benson  •  Pat Carroll

Grease (1978) RT 77% / Audience 87%

DVD release: Sep 2002

Australian good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to ...  (more)

GENRES: Music
DIRECTION:  Randal Kleiser
CAST:  John Travolta  •  Olivia Newton-John  •  Stockard Channing  •  Jeff Conaway

The Wizard of Oz (1939) RT 99% / Audience 89%

DVD release: Oct 1999

One of the most famous musical films and the first film from Hollywood to use color. Young Dorothy finds herself in a magical world where she makes friends with a lion, a ...  (more)

GENRES: Adventure • Family • Fantasy
DIRECTION:  Victor Fleming  •  George Cukor  •  Mervyn LeRoy  •  King Vidor
CAST:  Judy Garland  •  Frank Morgan  •  Ray Bolger  •  Bert Lahr

Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) RT 63% / Audience 74%

DVD release: Mar 2001

Three children evacuated from London during World War II are forced to stay with an eccentric spinster (Eglantine Price). The children's initial fears disappear when they find ...  (more)

GENRES: Adventure • Animation • Comedy • Family • Fantasy • Music
DIRECTION:  Robert Stevenson
CAST:  Angela Lansbury  •  David Tomlinson  •  Roddy McDowall  •  Sam Jaffe

Pitch Perfect (2012) RT 80% / Audience 83%

DVD release: Dec 2012

College student Beca knows she does not want to be part of a clique, but that's exactly where she finds herself after arriving at her new school. Thrust in among mean gals, ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Music • Romance
DIRECTION:  Jason Moore
CAST:  Anna Kendrick  •  Skylar Astin  •  Ben Platt  •  Brittany Snow

Sixteen Candles (1984) RT 86% / Audience 85%

DVD release: Oct 2000

Samantha's life is going downhill fast. She has a crush on the most popular boy in school, but the geekiest boy in school has a crush on her. Her sister's getting married, and ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy
DIRECTION:  John Hughes
CAST:  Molly Ringwald  •  Anthony Michael Hall  •  John Cusack  •  Gedde Watanabe

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966) RT 94% / Audience 84%

DVD release: Sep 2000

This classic "Peanuts" tale focuses on the thumb-sucking, blanket-holding Linus, and his touching faith in the "Great Pumpkin." When Linus discovers that no one else believes ...  (more)

GENRES: Animation • Family
DIRECTION:  Bill Melendez
CAST:  Christopher Shea  •  Sally Dryer  •  Kathy Steinberg  •  Ann Altieri

The Phantom of the Opera (2004) RT 32% / Audience 84%

DVD release: May 2005

Deformed since birth, a bitter man known only as the Phantom lives in the sewers underneath the Paris Opera House. He falls in love with the obscure chorus singer Christine, ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Romance • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Gerard Butler  •  Emmy Rossum  •  Patrick Wilson  •  Miranda Richardson