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As occasionally popular as it can be ("Chicago" and "Hairspray" being some of the more recent hits), the musical hasn't changed much since its earliest film incarnations. "Moulin Rouge" aside (a film that experimented more with style than with form), films like "Mamma Mia" and the upcoming "Rock of Ages" could essentially have been 1930s musical comedies (apart from their pop soundtracks) and this year's Oscar hopeful "Les Miserables" is a 25-year-old stage show based on a 150-year-old novel.

We're not sure if "God Helps The Girl" will reinvent the wheel, exactly, but the film has the potential to be a breath of fresh air for the movie musical. The project marks the writing and directing debut of Stuart Murdoch, the frontman of seminal Scottish indie band Belle and Sebastian, who's been working on it for nearly a decade. Murdoch released his '60s-girl-group-style concept album of the same name »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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