It’s been a rough year. You deserve something that will make you smile, and that something is LA LA LAND.

A soaring achievement, LA LA LAND is a perfectly old-fashioned musical made for totally modern audiences. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone sing and dance their way through one of the most beautiful depictions of Los Angeles ever seen on screen, playing two lovers chasing each other and their dreams.

A work of sheer magic and heartfelt wonder, LA LA LAND is the latest from WHIPLASH director Damien Chazelle, but besides an evangelical love of jazz music, LA LA LAND couldn’t be more different. Filmed in glorious Cinemascope, LA LA LAND demands to be seen on the big screen, its colorful compositions and astonishing dance numbers (the opening scene is going to be a fixture on future lists of best long shots ever) mesmerizing and overwhelming in their passion and beauty. (Alamo Drafthouse)

Director: Damien Chazelle

Starring: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling,

Details: 128 min. PG 2016