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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★½

    La La Land (2016) is the type of film you wish you saw more often, one that's equal parts joyous, intelligent, and technically marvellous. Musicals made in the Internet era have the difficult task of providing more than a YouTube playlist can offer; something as flaccid as Les Miserables (2012) is genuinely benefitted by isolating its highlights. But Damien Chazelle's tribute to Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, and Golden-era glitz massively benefits from starring two of cinema's most charismatic leading performers:…

  • Nocturnal Animals

    Nocturnal Animals

    ★★★

    Nocturnal Animals (2016) is the product of two exciting narratives that work brilliantly together in a thematic sense, only they fall flat in terms of basic narrative control. Neither story is told economically enough to contribute any tension to its counterpart; the scenes in West Texas are thrilling, but they're pot-boilers, and pot-boiler narratives don't work when you're trying to juggle a much more agile story alongside it. However, Tom Ford's sophomore feature definitely strives as an exploration of art…