Movie: "Cadillac Records"
When: Opening Friday at local theaters
Cast: Beyoncé Knowles, Jeffrey Wright, Adrien Brody, Gabrielle Union, Cedric the Entertainer, Mos Def, Columbus Short, Emmanuelle Chriqui
Director: Darnell Martin
The story: In 1950s Chicago, ambitious Polish immigrant Leonard Chess hires an up-and-coming blues band featuring guitar prodigy Muddy Waters, prompting Chess to found a record label where future legends, from Chuck Berry to Etta James, would find a musical home.
The buzz: Beyoncé as Etta James, Mos Def as Chuck Berry, Jeffrey Wright as Muddy Waters, Cedric the Entertainer as Willie Dixon ... the soundtrack alone should make this a must-see. (Or at least a must-hear.) And if you like the story, stay tuned: Another Chess Records movie, "Who Do You Love," also is in play, with Alessandro Nivola as Leonard Chess; Leonard Chess' son Marshall served as a technical consultant for both movies.
-- By CAROL CLING