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CLIPS Movie Review by Roger Tennis
LA LA LAND

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RATED PG-13 (some language)

RUNNING TIME: 128 minutes


DIRECTOR: Damien Chazelle

STARS:
Emma Stone - Mia
Ryan Gosling - Sebastian
John Legend - Keith
J.K. Simmons - Bill
Rosemarie DeWitt - Laura
Finn Wittrock - Greg

SYNOPSIS:
The story of Mia, an aspiring actress, and Sebastian, 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, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams. - Lionsgate

ROG'S VIEWPOINT: 4 CAMS Camera Camera Camera Camera
Director/writer Damien Chazelle reinvents the Hollywood musical with style and class. The story may be familiar, but this take feels refreshingly new. From the glittering sets to some spectacular dance sequences, everything combines to create a fabulous and tuneful cinematic fairytale. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling play the star-crossed lovers perfectly. Their chemistry is absolutely magnetic. The ups and downs of their romance will have the audience in tears. John Legend as Sebastian's old classmate and fellow musician Keith, J.K. Simmons as restaurant owner Bill and Rosemarie DeWitt as Sebastian's sister Laura are outstanding in supporting roles, but this enchanting film belongs to Ryan and Emma. A movie in this genre also wouldn't work without a memorable score and songs to light up the screen. Composer Justin Hurwitz delivers an unforgettable treat for the ears. "City of Stars" and "Audition (The Fools Who Dream)" will never leave my head. Visions of musicals past are awakened in a novel and impressive way. A future classic is born. The delightful "La La Land" is much more than just another song and dance.