will probably seem familiar to most first-time viewers for a number of reasons. Some folks may remember the original 1976 version of the film, while others might be reminded of Dreamgirls
, which tells a story with more than a few points of similarity. But practically everyone has seen or heard a tale like this before -- Sparkle
deals with dreams of show-business glory and the difficult bonds of family, and between these two tropes, the movie manages to cover an impressive range of cliches that have been staples in cinema and television for generations. Sparkle
is a soap opera at heart, and as such, the key to its success isn’t what...