HOUSE OF GUCCI – Review by Liz Braun

Every bit as plastique and fabulous as a knock-off designer handbag, House of Gucci is a wildly entertaining soap opera about people fighting over money, from director Ridley Scott. .Based on a real-life story of greed and betrayal and tragedy, in the telling here it is busy and beautiful to look at. There are a couple of leaps in the storytelling that don’t quite add up and a complaint might be lodged about some of the more melodramatic bits — but it’s all so visually dazzling and fun to watch that none of these quibbles add up to much.

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HOUSE OF GUCCI – Review by Diane Carson

House of Gucci chronicles unpleasant events regarding this fashion brand. Based on Sara Gay Forden’s 2001 book The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed, the four elements emphasized in her title pinpoint the essence of the drama. Announced on screen as “inspired by true events,” it has, nevertheless, received extensive Gucci family criticism, the book and the film. No wonder, for no one comes off admirably depicted.

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A STAR IS BORN – Review by Lauren Bradshaw

As the the third remake (and fourth film altogether) in the A Star is Born franchise–if that is what we are calling it now–Bradley Cooper pulls off the triumph of the year with an extraordinary pop-rock musical that is sure to become a classic. It is hard to believe this is his directorial debut. And with Gaga absolutely BRINGING IT, I will most assuredly be rooting for this movie to clean house at the Oscars this year. With the potential for nominations in six major categories (Best Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor), A Star is Born has the potential to make history.

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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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