Movie Diary 9/7/2016

La La Land (Damien Chazelle, 2016). A musical from the Whiplash guy, and not his first, either – I recall Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench as a spirited mess. This one’s really fortunate to have Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone (in case you’re wondering why they get all the good roles, you will see why). (full review 12/?)

Queen of Katwe (Mira Nair, 2016). An inspirational true-life tale from Disney, about an adolescent Ugandan girl who rises from the slums thanks to her talent for chess. Very skillfully turned by Mira Nair, and brawny in the adult leads, thanks to David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o. (full review 9/23)

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