Cinema: In the Heights

Director: Jon M. Chu; Starring: Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace; Genre: Drama, Music, Musical; Age: 12+; Time: 143 minutes

Lights up on Washington Heights… The scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside of the 181st Street subway stop, where a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies this vibrant and tight-knit community.

At the intersection of it all is the likable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi, who saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a better life.