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La La Land

“The real star in La La Land (this week’s Coliseum film) is the movie itself, which pulses and glows like a living thing in its own right, as if the MGM musicals of the “Singin’ in the Rain” era had a love child … (Washington Post). La La Land has been nominated for a record-tying fourteen Oscars (along with 1997’s Titanic and 1950’s All About Eve), including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Ryan Gosling), Best Actress (Emma Stone) and two Best Original Songs, “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” and “City of Stars.” The film also won in every category it was nominated for at the 74th Golden Globe Awards with a record-breaking seven wins.

Written and directed by Academy Award nominee Damien Chazelle, Land is a trove of references to musical milestones, not derivative but truly inspired. A more tells the story of Mia [Stone], an aspiring actress, and Sebastian [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, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.

Critic Comments: “Like a gift from the movie gods, here comes Damien Chazelle’s dreamy La La Land, right when a lot of us are in desperate need of some light. It’s a valentine to cinema, splashed with primary colors and velvety L.A. sunsets.” (The Seattle Times) “La La Land is a trove of references to musical milestones, not derivative but truly inspired. A more joyful movie for grown-ups can’t be found this season.” (Tampa Bay Times) “Gosling is terrific as the coolly introspective yet disarmingly charming Sebastian. And Stone is deservedly generating Oscar buzz for her portrayal of an artist who can’t quite believe she’ll ever be anything other than a barista.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) “La La Land is both delightful confection and life-affirming food for the soul.” (USA Today) “La La Land succeeds both as a fizzy fantasy and a hard-headed fable, a romantic comedy and a showbiz melodrama, a work of sublime artifice and touching authenticity.” (The New York Times)

La La Land will be shown at the Coliseum Theater, 100 North Maple Street, Lamoni on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. It is rated PG-13 for some language. It runs for 128 minutes.

“Don’t forget our second week showing the family friendly movie, Saving Faith, at the Coliseum,” Brad Carr Graceland’s Director of Student Activities/Conference and Events who manages the theater, said. “We had a good turnout last weekend and were very pleased with the response.” The film will be shown as a Sunday matinee on February 19th at 2:00 p.m. and again on February 21st (Tuesday evening) at 7:00 p.m. Regular admission prices will be charged. It runs for 88 minutes.

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