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La La Land

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Poster for the movie "La La Land"

La La Land

Here's to the fools who dream.

20162 h 08 min
Overview

Mia, an aspiring actress, serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions and Sebastian, a jazz musician, scrapes by playing cocktail party gigs in dingy bars, but as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.

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Director Damien Chazelle
Runtime 2 h 08 min
Release Date 1 December 2016
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Movie Rating Masterpiece
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Here’s to the dreamers…

I’ve been looking forward to this film with a ridiculous amount of anticipation which as we know often goes badly wrong, but NOT this time!

Everything about this film is wonderful, except maybe for the cheesy first five minutes.  Get through that, leave your cynicism at the door and prepare for some cinema joy.  This is the musical made fresh with passion and delightful exuberance.  Emma Stone is both feisty and vulnerable as Mia.  Ryan Gosling plays Sebastian with just right amount of buttoned up-ness.  The dancing is gorgeous, the colours are sunny and warm.  I hate jazz (or maybe I don’t now!) but the music was fabulous.  Oh it even has a touch of ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’.

Seriously this is the best antidote to the gloomy January blues, and if you even have a tiny sliver of romance in your icy, cynical heart go and see it!

Hail Caesar

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Poster for the movie "Hail, Caesar!"

Hail, Caesar!

Lights. Camera. Abduction.

20161 h 46 min
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Tells the comedic tale of Eddie Mannix, a fixer who worked for the Hollywood studios in the 1950s. The story finds him at work when a star mysteriously disappears in the middle of filming.

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Director Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Runtime 1 h 46 min
Release Date 5 February 2016
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Movie Rating Average
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‘Would that it were so simple’ a line the young heartthrob Hobie Doyle is forced to repeat in the Coen brothers comedic homage to Hollywood.  I could empathise.  I came away wondering if there was a hidden storyline that was so complex it went completely over my head.  On the plus side it was beautifully stylish, sumptuous even and every actor surpassed in their portrayal of the world of movies in the 1950s.  However each role seemed like a cameo that really had little connection to the whole.  It was more pretty than plot.   There were a few funny lines but, on the whole, I came away bemused.