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Our kind of musicals

What is the definition of a musical? Could the genre include, as critic Peg Aloi suggests, the toe-tapping horror flick “The Wicker Man” (1973)? Film blogger Dean Treadway says yes. His definition: “A musical is a film that has at least four numbers with either music or dance at the center, working as an alternate way to tell the story.” With those parameters in mind, here is our eclectic top five.

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