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Nine

If you are already a musical fan, you might enjoy Nine. I, however, am not a big musical fan so I went to see it hoping that it would be transcendent. It was not. The star-studded cast drew me in. Daniel-Day Lewis, Judi Dench, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, even Sophia Loren… how could I resist? But I left underwhelmed. Only Marion Cotillard gave what I considered an excellent performance.

Nine

I think musicals by their very nature are chick flicks, and “9” is a great one. I saw it on Broadway when it came out in 1982 with Raul Julia in the lead. The play was an adaptation of Fellini’s autobiographical film 8 1/2 starring my favorite Italian Marcello Mastroianni as the director going through a creative crisis surrounded by all his women — mistress, muse, mother, agent, etc. Now we’re coming full circle back to film with “Nine.” Daniel Day Lewis as Fellini looks great (though steamy Javier Bardem was supposed to play the role but backed out) and the women in his life are a fabulous group of actresses. I think director Rob Marshall did a fantastic job with “Chicago,” so I have my fingers crossed. The cast includes Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Judi Dench, Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, Sophia Loren, and Stacy “Fergie” Ferguson. But of course we have to wait until the Oscar race is on. Release Date: November 25, 2009