A Star Is Born

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With appealing leads, deft direction, and an affecting love story, A Star Is Born is a remake done right -- and a reminder that some stories can be just as effective in the retelling.



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In "A Star Is Born," Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga fuse their considerable talents to depict the raw and passionate tale of Jack and Ally, two artistic souls coming together, on stage and in life. Theirs is a complex journey through the beauty and the heartbreak of a relationship struggling to survive. In this new take on the iconic love story, four-time Oscar nominee Cooper ("American Sniper," "American Hustle," "Silver Linings Playbook"), makes his directorial debut, and also stars alongside multiple award-winning, Oscar-nominated music superstar Gaga in her first leading role in a major motion picture. Cooper portrays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers and falls in love with struggling artist Ally. She has given up on her dream to become a successful singer, until she meets Jack, who immediately sees her natural talent.

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  • What really works about this version is the fact that Bradley Cooper co-wrote it, he produced it and stars in it, and put it together but he incorporates little elements of Lady Gaga's Story.

    Mar 21, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Somehow, though, the bloat is almost appropriate in a story about excesses, and the devastating pitfalls of fame. "A Star is Born" portrays both poignantly, movingly, well.

    Oct 18, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • At its huge, pulsating heart this is a story about lovers desperately trying to save one another - from the loss of integrity in an industry that disdains it and from self-destructive impulses with roots too old and deep to be touched.

    Oct 10, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Co-written by Cooper, who also helped write some of the film's music, the script doesn't exactly bubble with wit but it doesn't have to. What matters is that it gives both leads the chance to charm one another - and us.

    Oct 9, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The problem is whenever Cooper turns the film away from his best asset (Gaga) and into a vanity production.

    Oct 8, 2018 | Full Review…
  • What Cooper persuasively depicts is the fear factor of stardom-the sense of vulnerability, of a position that's both powerful and fragile.

    Oct 8, 2018 | Full Review…

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