La La Land 3.0 stars

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Synopsis

Billed as a movie lover’s dream for a reason: the eye hasn’t seen this much color on screen since Vincente Minnelli passed. The songs and musical numbers are lively, the cast attractive, all attempts to transform city streets into expressionistically lit studio backlots successful, and the ending decidedly downbeat. And there’s this five-and-a-half-minute long take that starts in search of a parked car and ends with a slow and deliberate pan over to the Hollywood Hills at twilight time that found me struggling to pick my jaw up from off the floor. Ditto a lovely romantic walking tour of the Warner Bros. lot. But, and it’s a big but, any number of the movie musicals that director Damien Chazelle references (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The Band Wagon, It’s Always Fair Weather, etc.) have more depth of characterization than either Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone’s comparative stick figures are assigned. But enough grouching. This is one crowd-pleaser worth getting behind.

Scott Marks

Length: 2 hours, 8 minutes

Rated: PG-13

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Showtimes

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Angelika Film Center

11620 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego. 858-674-6164

  • Saturday, March 25

    10:20 p.m.

  • Sunday, March 26

    10:25 a.m., 10:20 p.m.

  • Monday, March 27

    10:25 a.m.

  • Tuesday, March 28

    10:25 a.m.

  • Wednesday, March 29

    10:25 a.m.

  • Thursday, March 30

    10:25 a.m.

ArcLight La Jolla

4425 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite H60, San Diego. 858-768-7770

  • Saturday, March 25

    6:05 p.m.

  • Sunday, March 26

    11:55 a.m., 6:05 p.m.

  • Monday, March 27

    11:55 a.m., 6:05 p.m.

  • Tuesday, March 28

    11:55 a.m., 6:05 p.m.

  • Wednesday, March 29

    11:55 a.m., 6:05 p.m.

  • Thursday, March 30

    11:55 a.m., 6:05 p.m.

Cinépolis Del Mar

12905 El Camino Real, Del Mar. 858-794-4045

  • Saturday, March 25

    7:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

  • Sunday, March 26

    10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

  • Monday, March 27

    10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, March 28

    10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, March 29

    10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

La Paloma

471 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. 760-436-7469

  • Sunday, March 26

    4 p.m.

  • Monday, March 27

    8:15 p.m.

  • Tuesday, March 28

    4 p.m.

Comments

This critic, as with Jackie, misses the mark. For a real review of La La Land, read The New Yorkers excellent review by Richard Brody.

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