A STAR IS BORN – Review by Susan Granger

The Oscar race is officially on with the release of this contemporary version of the enduring Hollywood classic. Bradley Cooper stars as charming Jackson Maine, a country rock star, plagued by alcohol/drug addiction, coupled with hearing loss. One night, in need of a drink after leaving a gig, Jackson stumbles into a drag bar, where he watches Ally (Lady Gaga), a wannabe-but-insecure singer/songwriter, warbling Edit Piaf’s “La Vie En Rose.”

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A STAR IS BORN – Review by Diane Carson

A Star Is Born gives Lady Gaga a platform worthy of her immense talent. Bradley Cooper spent four years obsessed with his remake and update of A Star Is Born. This investment of time, energy and creativity pays dividends in his writing/directing debut. It also stars Cooper as Jackson Maine, a popular country musician fighting to maintain his hearing and his appeal. But this film showcases the glorious, brilliant performance by Lady Gaga.

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A STAR IS BORN – Review by Leslie Combemale

With three other versions out there, the first from the director of Wings, the first ever Oscar Best Picture, the second from George Cukor, who won an Oscar for My Fair Lady, and the third from the screenwriter of Dog Day Afternoon, could Bradley Cooper make a fourth version worth seeing? With Lady Gaga as his star, absolutely. But what sets it apart?

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SPOTLIGHT April, 2015: Susanne Bier, Director

bier9headSusanne Bier’s In A Better World won the Best Foreign Film Oscar in 2011, putting her on Hollywood’s A-List. But transitioning from Copenhagen to Hollywood has been challenging. Bier’s Hollywood-honed Serena opened in March, 2015. after a two-year delay. Her extraordinary talent and unstoppable persistence put Bier in our April SPOTLIGHT. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, July 28-Aug. 3: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

Opening Aug. 1, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Guardians of the Galaxy, the Marvel Studios franchise, with its 2017 sequel recently announced at Comic-Con. Directed by James Gunn and co-written by Nicole Perlman, the film is filled with eye-popping CGI and spectacle. It has just the right mix of action, comedy and heart that makes for a super successful superhero movie. The cast is led by Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, and Benicio del Toro, and features the voice talents of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper. Read on…

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