How She Move (12A)

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Yet another aspirational dance movie, this time from Canada, which compensates for the paltriness of its script through the verve of its cast.

Rutina Wesley plays bright high-school student Raya, returning to the crime-ridden neighbourhood where her junkie sister has recently died. Steered by a mother ambitious for her academic success, Raya is drawn instead to the sexy athleticism of "step" and the possibility of winning a major dance contest. Wesley and co-star Tre Armstrong are especially good, and the step sequences relieve the banality of the plotting.