Saturday movie review: La La Land

This movie review will be like no other. Because LA LA LAND is like no other movie — at least not any other movie released in the past several decades.

LA LA LAND is, though, similar to the magical musicals of the '40s, '50s and early '60s, those spectacular song-and-dance spectacles that swept viewers away. Made them swoon, smile, sometimes sob a teensy bit. Those cinematic wonders moviegoers experienced not simply watched.

Which makes LA LA LAND special, worthy of a special review.

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So instead of telling you about LA LA LAND, I'm going to show you LA LA LAND. Or as much as I can find to share without spoiling the magical spell it casts over those who view it on the big screen — which I wholeheartedly urge you to do.

Here is LA LA LAND, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, both of whom you'll love more than ever before (go full screen on the videos for full effect):

Official trailer


Official clip


Official behind-the-scenes featurette



Official featurette on the music


All together now, with feeling: Aaaaahhhhh....

LA LA LAND (rated PG-13 for "some language") premiered at film festivals across the world throughout 2016. It opened in theaters nationwide yesterday, December 16, 2016. Learn more about the film at


I viewed this film as a media representative for the 39th Denver Film Festival; opinions are my own. For more information on the annual festival, visit