Family is at the center of the latest installment of this urban dance-film franchise; the leads are torn between blood relatives and the cohort of homeless young people who, like them, live to dance. The plot and dialogue are recycled hokum: two rival hip-hop crews battle for a championship, the winnings from which would help an orphaned New York dancer and aspiring filmmaker (Rick Malambri) save the shelter he inherited from his parents. But viewers wanting to learn some new moves will find plenty among the (sometimes literally) wall-to-wall numbers, while Hollywood musical fans will catch the homages to Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire. Director Jon Chu (Step Up 2 the Streets) ably exploits the 3D format, constantly moving the action forward and upward. The color and music also pop, as do scene stealers Martin and Facundo Lombard, Argentine twins whose comedic talents nearly match their dizzying footwork. PG-13, 107 min.
Director: Jon Chu
Producer: Patrick Wachsberger, Erik Feig, Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot, Bob Hayward, David Nicksay and Meredith Milton
Cast: Rick Malambri, Adam Sevani, Sharni Vinson, Alyson Stoner, Harry Shum Jr., Keith Stallworth, Kendra Andrews, Stephen Boss and Joe Slaughter