A Star Is Born (15)



Drama (2018)
136mins US

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott, Lady Gaga
Director: Bradley Cooper
Writer(s): Bradley Cooper, Eric Roth, 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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Rest of UK and Irish Cinemas

Listed in alphabetical order by city/place name followed by cinema name.

From Friday 11th January
To Thursday 17th January

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Queens Link
- Addlestone, The Light Cinema, Addlestone
- Ashford, Ashford Picturehouse
- Ballymena, IMC Ballymena
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow (Apollo)
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Belfast, Dundonald Omniplex
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Belfast, Odeon Belfast
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birmingham, Everyman Birmingham
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham New Street
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, The Light Cinema, Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
- Bradford, Odeon Leeds-Bradford
- Bradford, The Light Cinema, Bradford
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Brighton, Odeon Brighton
- Bristol, Everyman Bristol
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bromborough, Odeon Bromborough
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Cardiff, Premiere Cinema
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Catterick Garrison, Empire Catterick Garrison
- Chatham, Odeon Chatham
- Chelmsford, Everyman Chelmsford
- Clydebank, Empire Clydebank
- Colchester, Odeon Colchester
- Cork, Cork Omniplex
- Coventry, Odeon Coventry
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Crewe, Odeon Crewe
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Derby, Odeon Derby
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dorchester, Odeon Dorchester
- Dublin, IMC Santry
- Dublin, IMC Tallaght
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Savoy
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dundee, Odeon Dundee
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- East Kilbride, Odeon East Kilbride
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Fort Kinnaird
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Wester Hailes
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Epsom, Odeon Epsom
- Exeter, Exeter Phoenix
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Galway, IMC Galway
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Harrogate, Everyman Harrogate
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- High Wycombe, Empire High Wycombe
- Huddersfield, Odeon Huddersfield
- Hull, Odeon Hull
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Ipswich, Empire Ipswich
- Kettering, Odeon Kettering
- Kilmarnock, Odeon Kilmarnock
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Everyman Leeds
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Limerick, Limerick Omniplex
- Limerick, Odeon Limerick
- Limerick, Vue Limerick
- Lincoln, Odeon Lincoln
- Lisburn, Lisburn Omniplex
- Liverpool, Everyman Liverpool
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Liverpool, Picturehouse At FACT
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Louth, Playhouse
- Maidenhead, Odeon Maidenhead
- Maidstone, Odeon Maidstone
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Mansfield, Odeon Mansfield
- Melksham, Melksham Assembly Hall
- Navan, Solstice Arts Centre
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newry, Newry Omniplex
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nuneaton, Odeon Nuneaton
- Oldham, Odeon Oldham
- Orpington, Odeon Orpington
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Redditch, Vue Redditch (Apollo)
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Rochdale, Odeon Rochdale
- Saffron Walden, Saffron Screen
- Salisbury, Odeon Salisbury
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, Odeon Sheffield
- Sheffield, The Light Cinema, Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Sligo, Sligo Omniplex
- Slough, Empire Slough
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stafford, Odeon Luxe Stafford
- St Albans, Alban Arena
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stockport, The Light Cinema, Stockport
- Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
- Stratford-upon-Avon, Everyman Stratford-Upon-Avon
- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Taunton, Odeon Taunton
- Telford, Odeon Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Trowbridge, Odeon Trowbridge
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Wallasey, The Light Cinema, New Brighton
- Walsall, The Light Cinema, Walsall
- Warrington, Odeon Warrington
- Waterford, Odeon Waterford
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wigan, Empire Wigan
- Wisbech, The Light Cinema, Wisbech
- Worcester, Odeon Worcester
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- Wrexham, Odeon Wrexham
- York, Everyman York
- York, Vue York
From Friday 18th January
To Thursday 24th January

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Queens Link
- Ballymena, IMC Ballymena
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Belfast, Dundonald Omniplex
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Belfast, Odeon Belfast
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham NEC
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, The Light Cinema, Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bradford, Odeon Leeds-Bradford
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bundoran, Eclipse Cinemas Bundoran
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Premiere Cinema
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham
- Clydebank, Empire Clydebank
- Colchester, Firstsite
- Cork, Cork Omniplex
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, IMC Santry
- Dublin, IMC Tallaght
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Savoy
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- East Didsbury, Cineworld Didsbury
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hertford, Hertford Theatre
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Kilmarnock, Odeon Kilmarnock
- Lancaster, The Dukes
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leatherhead, Leatherhead Theatre
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Lifford, Eclipse Cinemas Lifford
- Limerick, Limerick Omniplex
- Limerick, Vue Limerick
- Lisburn, Lisburn Omniplex
- Liverpool, Everyman Liverpool
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Mansfield, Odeon Mansfield
- Newbridge, Riverbank Arts Centre
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newry, Newry Omniplex
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Sheffield, The Light Cinema, Sheffield
- Sligo, Sligo Omniplex
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stockport, The Light Cinema, Stockport
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Wallasey, The Light Cinema, New Brighton
- Walsall, The Light Cinema, Walsall
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wigan, Empire Wigan
- Wisbech, The Light Cinema, Wisbech
- York, Vue York


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