Though the story is predictable, "How She Move" (* * ½ out of four) has two key assets: powerful dance sequences and an emphasis on education.
Rutina Wesley as a brainy dance enthusiast brings a down-to-earth charisma to what could have been another schmaltzy inspirational melodrama. Wesley plays Raya Green, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, who escaped the ghetto for a private school but returns to her neighborhood after her sister's death. Seeking money for her education, Raya competes at step dancing, which becomes her chance for a better future.
"Move," with its echoes of "Flashdance" and "Fame," is a coming-of-age tale that has a smoothly choreographed power to move and entertain.
(Rated PG-13 for some drug content, suggestive material and language. Running time: 1 hour, 38 minutes. Opens today nationwide.)