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The Temptations: Motown's Greatest Hits

Thanks to their fine-tuned choreography — and even finer harmonies — The Temptations became the definitive male vocal group of the 1960s; one of Motown’s most elastic acts, they tackled both lush pop and politically charged funk with equal flair.

Control / Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson’s breakthrough album delivers hits like “Control,” “The Pleasure Principle,” What Have You Done for Me Lately,” Nasty” — nine tracks in all. The true genius of the album lies in the marriage of Jackson’s extremely self-assured vocals with the emphatic beats of R&B production wizards Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.

West Side Story

Two gangs from opposite sides of the street. One romance that dared to cross the line. In 1961, this movie adaptation of the Broadway smash hit musical, “West Side Story,” broke box office records and won an incredible 10 Academy Awards, more than any other musical before or since. Directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise. Music by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim.

Something in the Air: American Passion and Defiance in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics

In the tradition of “Seabiscuit” and “The Summer of ’49,” this is a gripping sports narrative that brilliantly tells the amazing individual stories of the unforgettable athletes who gathered in Mexico City in a year of dramatic upheaval.

Patton

A critically acclaimed film that won a total of eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, “Patton” is a riveting portrait of one of the 20th century’s greatest military geniuses and the only Allied general truly feared by the Nazis. Starring George C. Scott.

The Greatest Showman

An original musical inspired by the life of P.T. Barnum, starring Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron. Barnum was a visionary who rose from nothing to create the “Greatest Show on Earth,” a spectacle and celebration of his larger-than-life imagination that captivated audiences around the globe.

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