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Prospect recommends: The best films this month

Three picks for your Christmas break

By Francine Stock   January 2017

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La La Land

On release from 13th January

Damien Chazelle’s film starts boldly—on an elevated section of the LA freeway scores of drivers dance away from their cars. Having come on like West Side Story, it soon slides winningly into sung-through dialogue: actress Mia (Emma Stone) happens one night on Sebastian, a jazz musician played by an effortlessly seductive Ryan Gosling. They fall in love in venues from the Griffiths Observatory to the Hollywood Hills, negotiating commitment and ambitions, until… If it never quite soars…

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