Movie of the Week: La La Land

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If the thought of a musical about two good-looking people belting out show tunes on how they want to make it in Hollywood makes you want to torch every performing arts school in the UK,La La Land might just offer a corrective. In truth, it’s been a wee bit overpraised – American critics are suckers for movies about the transcendent power of movies, for some reason – but Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are both great (of course), lending an endearing amateurism to songs that deftly avoid the trap of being too X-Factor-ey. Walk in expecting a superb date movie, not the solution to all the world’s problems. That's in next week's issue. Times & trailer

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