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 AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE
2016, IFC Films, 99 min, Dir: André Øvredal

At the scene of a grisly familial massacre, a small-town Virginia police crew realizes its seemingly open-and-shut case is anything but when the nude corpse of a mysterious woman is unearthed in the basement. Seasoned coroner Tommy Tilden (Brian Cox) and his adult son, Austen (Emile Hirsch), are about to call it a night at their family-owned morgue/crematorium when the sheriff arrives with the Jane Doe in tow. Layer by layer, their forensic examination reveals evidence of inhuman internal injury belying Jane Doe’s eerily serene exterior; the they get closer to the truth of her death, they find themselves faced with their own mortality.


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