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First Man

Unlike the easy, patriotic uplift of Apollo 13 or The Right Stuff, this dead serious drama from director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash, La La Land) concentrates on all the pain and personal sacrifice that went into NASA's early space program. Ryan Gosling (The Notebook) is the designated first man on the moon, tightlipped hero Neil Armstrong. Claire Foy ("The Crown") is his long-suffering wife, Janet. The tragic undertones, the uncomfortably close camera work and the complex psychological weight of it all make for a murkier, more artistic look at America's Space Age. 141 minutes PG-13.