The almost-winner of the best picture Oscar at this year's Academy Awards hits stores this week.
"La La Land"; 3 stars: The first three quarters of the film constitute a light romantic musical movie that's slightly off the mark.
This modern take on the Hollywood musicals of the mid-20th century, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, never embraces the foibles and fantasies that made those productions near perfect escapist material. Those films took the boy-meets-girl story and set it in a whimsical setting where anything could trigger a musical number.
The closest director Damien Chazelle ("Whiplash") comes to capturing the spirit of the musical...