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Arts and Entertainment

Weekend Movie Guide: Tangled Up in Burlesque

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Big hair fans have plenty to be thankful for. The Disney camp brings three dimensions of follicles with Tangled, their CG take on Rapunzel. Screen Gems' Burlesque offers a fantastic turkey recipe: stuff with Cher, baste with Christina Aguilera and stick in the oven until it glitters golden brown. It's A Star Is Born by way of The Pussycat Dolls, and I can't get enough.

While it may not have Cher, the documentary Disco & Atomic War proposes that razzle dazzle and mirror balls saved Estonia. While American youth rebelled by burning their disco records en masse, Soviet youth subverted authority by embracing imitating Western dance and fashion seen on pirate transmissions. For now, the film is exclusive to Laemmle Theatres, but plays at locations up and down, all across funky town.

When all that hair begins to thin, there's big business in making up for it. Love and Other Drugs is a romantic comedy with Jake Gyllenhaal as a smooth-talking salesman pushing a new wonder-drug called viagra, while trying to push himself on Anne Hathaway.

Nothing Personal is a more subdued romantic drama, in which a Dutch drifter takes up with a solitary Irishman on the promise that they never speak. Even Colin Firth has trouble speaking to women (and men, and everyone else) in The King's Speech. Luckily, he has Geoffrey Rush to help him get over his royal st-st-stutter and lead his people.

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If you’d like to see something even further off the beaten path, check out our weekly Film Calendar of specialty theatres, revival houses and midnight movies. See you at the movies!

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Disco & Atomic War

Love and Other Drugs

Nothing Personal

The King's Speech

That's all for this week. Next week, we'll find a barber.