New movie releases this week include Katherine Heigl’s return to the big screen, plus The Promise, Truman, and more
Matthew Lickona 6 p.m., April 21
The ancestral muse for this is choreographic-editing wizard Busby Berkeley. There seem to be about two million shots, each designed to arrive in perfect sync as a snap, pop, and crackle of Gleek delirium. The big-cult TV show spawned a touring concert event, filmed in 3-D at New Jersey venues. Most of the top TV figures appear, though the absence of the funniest, Jane Lynch, is quite a donut hole. Some sing very well (belter Amber Riley and the perky neo-Streisand Lea Michele), and all receive epic amplification. Cutaways to fans, such as San Diego’s cute Kellen Sarmiento, age four, underscore the Glee embrace of humanity: the gay teen who came out, the dwarf cheerleader, the Asperger’s girl with dyed magenta hair, etc. A fair rating of this richly canned event must land between the loyal-fan verdict (three stars?) and the non-fan shrug (one star). 2011.