Nov 9-13, 2017

La La Land

STARRING RYAN GOSLING AND EMMA STONE

Run Time: 126 mins USA Language: English

Synopsis

Written and directed by Academy Award nominee Damien Chazelle (Whiplash), La La Land tells the story of Mia [Emma Stone], an aspiring actress, and Sebastian [Ryan Gosling], a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, Chazelle’s film is a dazzling homage to the classic Hollywood musical. Chazelle draws upon studio-era spectacle while carrying the musical genre into the 21st century, both immersing and distancing us from the happily ever after. You will have a hard time sitting still during the film’s tour-de-force opening number on the LA freeway, and you might just decide to keep standing and dancing through the numbers that follow.

The director’s feel for a classic but, for all intents and purposes, discarded genre format is instinctive and intense; he really knows how to stage and frame dance and lyrical movement, to transition smoothly from conventional to musical scenes, to turn naturalistic settings into alluring fantasy backdrops for set pieces and to breathe new life into what many would consider cobwebbed cliches.

— Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter

Written and directed by Academy Award nominee Damien Chazelle (Whiplash), La La Land tells the story of Mia [Emma Stone], an aspiring actress, and Sebastian [Ryan Gosling], a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, Chazelle’s film is a dazzling homage to the classic Hollywood musical. Chazelle draws upon studio-era spectacle while carrying the musical genre into the 21st century, both immersing and distancing us from the happily ever after. You will have a hard time sitting still during the film’s tour-de-force opening number on the LA freeway, and you might just decide to keep standing and dancing through the numbers that follow.

The director’s feel for a classic but, for all intents and purposes, discarded genre format is instinctive and intense; he really knows how to stage and frame dance and lyrical movement, to transition smoothly from conventional to musical scenes, to turn naturalistic settings into alluring fantasy backdrops for set pieces and to breathe new life into what many would consider cobwebbed cliches.

— Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter

Film Details

USA, 2016
DIRECTED BY DAMIEN CHAZELLE
WRITTEN BY DAMIEN CHAZELLE
CINEMATOGRAPHY BY LINUS SANDGREN
EDITED BY TOM CROSS
MUSIC BY JUSTIN HURWITZ
CAST: RYAN GOSLING, EMMA STONE, AMIÉE CONN, TERRY WALTERS, THOM SHELTON
RUNNING TIME: 126 MINS

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