Briana Evigan

'Step Up: All In' hits all the right moves

'Step Up: All In' hits all the right moves

Nothing too bad can happen in dance movies. Though “Step Up All In” emphasizes the difficulty of surviving on a dancer’s unpredictable wages, the film has a muscled buoyancy and thrilling, joyful spectacles that make the fifth installment of the popular franchise an energetic crowd-pleaser.  

In line with its Vegas setting, “All In” is a testament to the gaudy allure and id-gratifying overstimulation that comes with excess. Director Trish Sie brings back several characters from the previous “Step Up” movies, resulting in redundant story lines about choosing love or friendship or the bliss of the present over ambition. But the romance...