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La La Land
The charming musical that almost won Best Picture “gets better the second time you see it,” said Variety. Director Damien Chazelle didn’t just craft a love letter to L.A.: He created a mature love story, a film that “hooks the heart, the eye, and the mind.” Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling co-star.
I Am Not Your Negro
This Oscar-nominated documentary is “unsparing as history and enthralling as biography,” said The Wall Street Journal. Based on James Baldwin’s writings about three civil rights leaders, it uses Baldwin’s words, and filmed appearances, to build a devastating portrait of U.S. race relations.
The great Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi “excels at finding the mystery in the mundane,” said the Los Angeles Times. In his latest drama, a couple’s forced move to a new apartment turns tragic after an intruder’s invasion and a search for revenge. “The payoff, when it arrives, is a thing to behold.” ■