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'Into the Woods' leaps from musical theater to movie theaters

'Into the Woods' leaps from musical theater to movie theaters

Into the Woods Walt Disney, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99 Available on VOD on Tuesday Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's work is one of the great achievements of American musical theater: a mash-up of classic fairy tales that's funny, tuneful and refreshingly honest about the impossibility of "happily ever after." "Chicago" director Rob Marshall's big-screen version isn't the best possible that could've been made — it lacks humor and trims the second act until all the big emotional moments come in quick, numbing succession — but the songs and story still work, and the cast is top-notch. Meryl Streep gets most of the attention as the...

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