A Star Is Born (Subtitled) (15)

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Drama (2018)
136mins US

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott, Lady Gaga
Director: Bradley Cooper
Writer(s): Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Jackson Maine is a veteran of the music scene, whose star twinkles less brightly even though he continues to fill stadia with adoring fans. Following a concert, he heads to the nearest bar for a drink where he is dazzled by one of the performers, Ally. She works for a catering company and lives at home with her father Lorenzo but the moment Ally steps into the spotlight and sings, her potential radiates around the room. Jackson pursues Ally and they forge a friendship that quickly sparks romance.

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A Star Is Born (15)

A star is reborn in the third remake of the rags-to-riches fairy tale, which originally starred Janet Gaynor and Fredric March. The 21st-century twinkling doesn't emanate from pop chameleon turned award-winning actor Lady Gaga, who is undeniably luminous as a naive and vulnerable ingenue rocketing into the musical firmament. No, the film's retina-searing ball of light is Bradley Cooper as her grizzled mentor and lover. The Philadelphia-born leading man nestles confidently into the director's chair for his debut feature but he truly dazzles in front of the camera, drenched in the sweat and self-loathing of a booze-soaked showman, who is staggering towards the precipice of oblivion...

A Star Is Born. Copyright: 2017 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Caption: Lady Gaga as Ally and Bradley Cooper as Jackson Maine in A Star Is Born, directed by Bradley Cooper. Photo: Clay Enos. All Rights Reserved.In her catchy 2011 dancefloor anthem Gaga proclaimed she was on the edge of glory. Here, her handsome co-star is perpetually on the verge of self-inflicted annihilation, beholden to the demons of alcohol and drugs, which provide his veteran singer-songwriter with temporary refuge from the tinnitus that will eventually deny him the pleasure of playing to stadia filled with adoring fans. Cooper rocks and rolls in exhilarating concert sequences and performs his character's signature tracks with gravelly-voiced aplomb including a duet with Gaga on the swoonsome ballad Shallow. Both actors are serious contenders for Oscar consideration next year.

Jackson Maine (Cooper) continues to milk success with the support of his brother and manager, Bobby (Sam Elliott), who resents the way his younger sibling puts their old man on a pedestal. "All dad ever did for you was make you his drinking buddy," snarls Bobby. Following a concert, Jackson heads to the nearest bar where he is stunned by a soaring rendition of Edith Piaf by waitress Ally (Gaga). They spend the night talking and flirting, and Ally discloses that she lives at home with her protective father (Andrew Dice Clay). Potential radiates from every pore of Ally and Jackson invites her to join him at his next gig where their on-stage performance goes viral and attracts the attention of cut-throat manager Rez (Rafi Gavron). As Rez moulds Ally's destiny and propels her towards superstardom, Jackson's influence wains and fissures appear in the relationship. "The caterpillar becomes a butterfly..." observes Bobby with a knowing yet rueful smile.

A Star Is Born is far grungier and sexier than the 1954 and 1976 remakes headlining Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand, although the script credited to Eric Roth, Will Fetters and Cooper dances to the same heart-breaking melody as previous incarnations. Screen chemistry between the two leads is molten and you can almost feel the heat rippling off the screen in breathlessly choreographed bedroom scenes. Elliott strums up powerful emotions in support alongside London-born Gavron, who won't allow a crazy little thing called love to distract his showgirl-in-the-making from seizing success with both hands. One snort of fame and you're helplessly addicted.

- Sam Cannon

A Star Is Born. Copyright: 2017 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Caption: Lady Gaga as Ally and Bradley Cooper as Jackson Maine in A Star Is Born, directed by Bradley Cooper. Photo: Clay Enos. All Rights Reserved.

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From Friday 12th October
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- Addlestone, The Light Cinema, Addlestone
- Aylesbury, Odeon Aylesbury
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Belfast, Odeon Belfast
- Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
- Borehamwood, Reel Cinema Borehamwood
- Boston, Savoy Cinema
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Bridgnorth, Reel Cinema Bridgnorth
- Brighton, Odeon Brighton
- Bristol, Everyman Bristol
- Bristol, Orpheus Henleaze
- Bromborough, Odeon Bromborough
- Burnley, Reel Cinema Burnley
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Canterbury, Curzon Canterbury
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Cardiff, Premiere Cinema
- Cavan Town, Odeon Cavan
- Chelmsford, Everyman Chelmsford
- Chippenham, Reel Cinema Chippenham
- Colchester, Curzon Colchester
- Corby, Savoy Cinema
- Crewe, Odeon Crewe
- Derby, Derby QUAD
- Derby, Odeon Derby
- Derby, Showcase Derby Cinema De Lux
- Derby, Showcase Derby Foresters Park
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Odeon Charlestown
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- East Kilbride, Odeon East Kilbride
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Wester Hailes
- Epsom, Odeon Epsom
- Fareham, Reel Cinema Fareham
- Galashiels, Pavilion
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Huddersfield, Odeon Huddersfield
- Hull, Reel Cinema Hull
- Inverness, Eden Court
- Kidderminster, Reel Cinema Kidderminster
- Kilmarnock, Odeon Kilmarnock
- Knutsford, Curzon Knutsford
- Leicester, Odeon Leicester
- Leicester, Phoenix
- Leicester, Showcase Leicester Cinema De Lux
- Llanelli, Odeon Llanelli
- Loughborough, Odeon Loughborough
- Maidenhead, Odeon Maidenhead
- Maidstone, Odeon Maidstone
- Manchester, HOME
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Morecambe, Reel Cinema Morecambe
- Naas, Odeon Naas
- Newark, Odeon Newark
- Newbridge, Odeon Newbridge
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyneside Cinema
- Newton Abbot, Alexandra Cinema
- Northwich, Odeon Northwich
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Oldham, Odeon Oldham
- Oxford, Curzon Oxford
- Paisley, Showcase Paisley
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Plymouth, Reel Cinema Plymouth
- Port Talbot, Reel Cinema Port Talbot
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Quinton Halesowen, Reel Cinema Quinton Halesowen
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Redruth, Regal Film Centre
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Ripon, Curzon Ripon
- Salisbury, Odeon Salisbury
- Sheffield, Curzon Sheffield
- Sheffield, Showroom Workstation
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southampton, Showcase Southampton Cinema De Lux
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- St Austell, White River Cinema
- Stockport, The Light Cinema, Stockport
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Teesside
- Swadlincote, Odeon Swadlincote
- Telford, Odeon Telford
- Trowbridge, Odeon Trowbridge
- Truro, Plaza Cinema
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Wallsend, Odeon Silverlink
- Warrington, Odeon Warrington
- Waterford, Odeon Waterford
- Widnes, Reel Cinema Widnes
- Winchester, Everyman Winchester
- Wrexham, Odeon Wrexham
- York, Everyman York
From Friday 19th October
To Thursday 25th October

- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Belfast, Odeon Belfast
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
- Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
- Bromborough, Odeon Bromborough
- Canterbury, Curzon Canterbury
- Cardiff, Showcase Cardiff Nantgarw
- Catterick Garrison, Empire Catterick Garrison
- Chatham, Odeon Chatham
- Chelmsford, Odeon Chelmsford
- Coleraine, Movie House Coleraine
- Coventry, Odeon Coventry
- Darlington, Odeon Darlington
- Derby, Odeon Derby
- Derby, Showcase Derby Cinema De Lux
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dublin, Odeon Point Village
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Lothian Road
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Wester Hailes
- Epsom, Odeon Epsom
- Exeter, Odeon Exeter
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Gerrards Cross, Everyman Gerrards Cross
- High Wycombe, Empire High Wycombe
- Huddersfield, Odeon Huddersfield
- Loughborough, Odeon Loughborough
- Maidstone, Odeon Maidstone
- Manchester, HOME
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Newbridge, Odeon Newbridge
- Newquay, Lighthouse Cinema
- Orpington, Odeon Orpington
- Penzance, Savoy
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Rochdale, Odeon Rochdale
- Sheffield, Showroom Workstation
- Sidmouth, Radway Cinema
- Southampton, Showcase Southampton Cinema De Lux
- Stirling, MacRobert Arts Centre
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Trowbridge, Odeon Trowbridge
- Walsall, The Light Cinema, Walsall
- Warrington, Odeon Warrington
- Waterford, Odeon Waterford
- Worcester, Odeon Worcester
- Wrexham, Odeon Wrexham

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