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“In the Heights,” the first big-budget musical from Latino creators — Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegria Hudes — opens to rave reviews. The…

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In a reverse “Like Water for Chocolate,” its title character (Keri Russell) is a “pie genius” who translates her emotional ups and downs into the confections she bakes for a diner (including “I Can’t Have an Affair Because It’s Wrong and I Don’t Want Earl to Kill Me” pie). Writer/director Adrienne Shelly’s movie inspired a not-as-good musical that was a hit on Broadway and on tour.

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"Mamma Mia" (2008) is the fastest delivery system for a dose of silly, sun-dappled joy. Drink in all the sun-drenched scenery of the Greek island where it was filmed, upon which some of our finest actors gyrate, hip thrust and lip-sync to the infectious tunes of Sweden's greatest export, ABBA. Phyllida Lloyd's movie musical is pure cinematic Pixy Stix, a sugar rush of corny jokes, bright costumes and musical numbers. Plus, Meryl Streep! Pierce Brosnan singing badly! A snorkel-based dance routine featuring a game Dominic Cooper! You need this serotonin! Watch it on Starz, or a $3.99 digital rental on all platforms.

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