IN THE HEIGHTS – Review by Susan Granger

Jon Chu’s In the Heights”is the most dazzling movie musical in years! Adapted from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first Broadway show, the eye-popping cinematography and awesome choreography make it the summer’s first fun, feel-good movie. Washington Heights is a predominantly Latino neighborhood in Upper Manhattan near the George Washington Bridge.

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IN THE HEIGHTS – Review by Leslie Combemale

In the Heights is universally aspirational in so many ways, but in particular it is inspiring for a country that has been through so much, and needs healing. It reminds us to turn our focus to better days and better times ahead. It’s such a pleasure to see pre-pandemic hugging, dancing, and celebration, knowing that as we transition beyond the nightmare of the last year and onto something better, we can imagine moments of celebration for ourselves and those we love.

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Luis Manuel and John James on SIEMPRE LUIS, Activism and Lin Manuel Miranda – Jeanne Wolf interviews

Luis Manuel is a well-known Latin activist, an unstoppable force of change. Mid-way through his busy life in art and politics, one of his children produced a little show called Hamilton, and suddenly his name changed from Luis to ‘Lin Manuel Miranda’s Father.’ And, he didn’t mind at all.

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HAMILTON – Review by Susan Granger

Five years ago, theatergoers and critics were dazzled by this vivacious, culturally significant musical about the nation’s first Treasury secretary, political mastermind Alexander Hamilton. Now you can see the thrilling, live-capture, the 161-minute film version with the original principal Broadway cast.

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MARY POPPINS RETURNS – Review by Brandy McDonnell

Much of the sequel’s spellcasting must be credited to Emily Blunt who wisely avoids impersonating Julie Andrews’ iconic, Oscar-winning, movie star-making turn in the beloved 1964 classic Mary Poppins. Blunt plays the mysteriously magical nanny with a spoonful of sugar cut with a refreshing helping of tartness, mixed with her warm singing voice.

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN: ‘Mary Poppins Returns,’ plus Chastain, Bening and Kidman get gigs and Women in Special Effects — Brandy McDonnell reports

Disney has announced that production on “Mary Poppins Returns,” the studio’s sequel to its 1964 “Mary Poppins,” has commenced at

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