Here’s what critics are saying about Lady Gaga’s new movie A Star Is Born

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born

Lady Gaga’s new movie, a remake of A Star Is Born, had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival — and critics are loving it.

The film is a musical remake of the 1937 film of the same name. It’s the third such remake, following 1954’s with Judy Garland and 1976’s with Barbara Streisand.

Bradley Cooper co-stars in the new iteration with Gaga, and the film also marks his directorial debut.

It follows Jackson (Cooper), the drinking country singer, and Ally (Gaga), an unknown singer-songwriter, as well as their love story and tribulations with fame.

Something for a new generation

Numerous critics are calling the film a familiar story for a new generation.

Leah Greenblatt, for Entertainment Weekly, says the movie is ‘less a story now than a myth — not so much reborn as recast, and passed on to the care of the next generation’.

She gave the film an B+ overall, and also praised Gaga’s performance.

‘She deserves praise for her restrained, human-scale performance as a singer whose real-girl vulnerability feels miles away from the glittery meat-dress delirium of her own stage persona,’ she Greenblatt writes.

David Rooney for The Hollywood Reporter says there’s ‘a lot to love’ in the film. He describes it as ‘a durable tale of romance, heady fame and crushing tragedy, retold for a new generation with heart and grit’.

He also writes this new version is less of a ‘vanity-project trap’ than the 1976 film.

Lady Gaga in a star-defining turn

Other critics also praised Gaga’s performance.

Stephanie Zacharek for Time calls her the star of the whole show. She posits most versions of this story are done in a way where the male character threatens to ‘steal the show’. This time, however, it’s different.

‘Cooper fades into the corner at just the right moments, allowing Gaga to shine. He recognizes that as a performer, she’s larger than life; he’s just about life-sized, and there’s no shame in that.’

Owen Gleiberman for Variety, meanwhile, calls this version of Lady Gaga, actress, a brand new character.

‘Gaga, in an ebullient and winningly direct performance, never lets her own star quality get in the way of the character,’ he writes. ‘Or, rather, she lets us see that star quality is something that lives inside Ally but is still waiting to come out.’

The movie currently boasts a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes. It arrives in theaters on 5 October.

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‘1985’ May Feel Hauntingly Familiar to Gay Men of That Generation Who Lived Through It: WATCH

The official trailer for Yen Tan’s 1985 was released this week. The film, shot on black-and-white super 16mm film, is a haunting glimpse into the life of a gay man and his family at the beginning of the AIDS crisis. Having made the rounds on the festival circuit, it’s set for release on October 26.

The official synopsis: ‘Having been gone for three years, closeted advertising executive Adrian  (Cory Michael Smith, “Gotham”) returns to his Texas hometown for the holidays during the first wave of the AIDS crisis. Burdened with an unspeakable tragedy in New York City, Adrian looks to reconnect with his preteen brother Andrew (Aidan Langford) while navigating his relationship with religious parents Eileen (Virginia Madsen) and Dale (Michael Chiklis). When he reaches out to his estranged childhood friend Carly (Jamie Chung), their unresolved issues force Adrian to confront an uncertain future that will significantly alter the lives of those around him. ‘

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Watch the trailer for controversial gay sex worker movie Sauvage

The first trailer for controversial gay drama Sauvage has been released.

Camille Vidal-Naquet’s directorial debut, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year to critical acclaim, tells the story of Leo (Félix Maritaud), a 22-year-old gay prostitute living on the streets in France.

While the film received buzz for Félix’s stellar lead performance, it also made headlines for featuring one graphic sex scene which was so explicit that people left the cinema in the middle of the film.

The scene in question was described in detail by Vulture’s Kyle Buchanan, who wrote that Leo goes home with a couple who “treat him like an unthinking animal” while making cruel comments about his appearance and inspecting him like a product.

“One of the men orders Léo to get on all fours, then begins to lube up a gigantic, intimidating butt plug which he will wield almost like a weapon,” he wrote. “A few of the women behind me fled the theatre at that point.”

Sauvage has been picked up by Strand Releasing for North American distribution in late 2018. There’s no word on a UK release date yet, but in the meantime, check out the trailer below.

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