Film review: LA LA LAND, from ‘Built For Speed’

La La Land is Whiplash director Damien Chazelle’s exhilarating homage to 1950’s musicals and the artists who struggle to make it in the dubious city of dreams that is LA.  Superbly crafted from its touching love story to its vibrant cinematography and sprightly musical numbers this is a cinematic experiment that works from beginning to end. Chazelle’s triumph is his

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Film review: GANGSTER SQUAD, from Built For Speed

Shifting awkwardly from solid crime-busting drama to cartoonish, ultra-violent action film, Gangster Squad doesn’t know if it wants to be The Untouchables or Dick Tracy.  Allegedly based on fact, the film depicts the nefarious empire of gangster Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) a vicious New York hood and former boxer who, in the late 40’s, set up his own chapter of

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