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La La Land

La La Land

From director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) comes this unabashedly, unironically antiquated, Busby Berkeley-style song-and-dance musical. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star as a wannabe actress and an unsuccessful jazz musician dreaming of stardom in cynical, modern-day Hollywood. Amid their will-they-or-won't-they romance, our two main characters engage in a string of lovingly assembled musical numbers on the streets of LA. The luminous, Technicolor Era cinematography is gorgeous and the mood is infectious. But the story seems like small potatoes. La La Land will win a lot of fans for its sheer nostalgic novelty, but it just doesn't stack up to the classic MGM musicals it so slavishly references. FULL REVIEW: Modern-day musical should garner fans despite flaws by Devin D. O’Leary (12/15/2016). 128 minutes PG-13.