LA LA LAND
2016, Lionsgate, 128 min, USA, Dir: Damien Chazelle

Written and directed by Academy Award nominee Damien Chazelle (WHIPLASH), LA LA LAND tells the story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern-day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams. “Every once in a while, you come out of a movie theater feeling like you’re walking on air. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it restores your faith in the power of cinema. Damien Chazelle’s dreamy neo-retro musical LA LA LAND is one of those rare films.” - Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly


THE NICE GUYS
2016, Warner Bros., 116 min, USA, Dir: Shane Black

Set in 1970s Los Angeles, down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March (Ryan Gosling) and hired enforcer Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. During their investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power. The latest collaboration between writer-director Shane Black and producer Joel Silver serves up a mix of thrills and laughs that’s as entertaining as their first, LETHAL WEAPON.


ONLY GOD FORGIVES
2013, RADiUS-TWC, 90 min, Denmark, Sweden, Thailand, USA, France, Dir: Nicolas Winding Refn

Director Nicolas Winding Refn reunites with his DRIVE star Ryan Gosling, who plays amoral Bangkok drug smuggler Julian in this stylish - and bloody - crime thriller. After Julian’s brother is murdered in retaliation for a killing, his controlling, mob-boss mother (Kristin Scott Thomas) sets him on a path of vengeance. “It is ultraviolent, creepy and scary, an enriched-uranium cake of pulp, with a neon sheen... Every scene, every frame, is executed with pure formal brilliance.” - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian.


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