Damien Chazelle

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Babylon review – Damien Chazelle’s messy, exhausting tale of early Hollywood
Despite star wattage from Margot Robbie and Brad Pitt, ​the ​La La Land​ director’s ​overcooked portrait of a nascent Tinseltown is more hysterical than historical

Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

22, Jan, 2023 @8:00 AM

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Babylon review – Brad Pitt suaves through a grand hymn to golden age Hollywood
Pitt and Margot Robbie, and many razzle dazzle setpieces, help lift a story in no hurry to engage with the true-life nastiness of its era

Peter Bradshaw

19, Jan, 2023 @10:30 AM

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Babylon breakout star Diego Calva: ‘I owe this role to Margot Robbie. Something happened between us’
His smouldering looks enliven Damien Chazelle’s new Hollywood hedonism film, but life hasn’t always been easy. He talks about being catapulted into the big leagues – and leaving behind his struggles with depression

Ryan Gilbey

13, Jan, 2023 @8:00 AM

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Life through a lens: Spielberg’s latest leads triple-whammy of movies about movies
It’s the subgenre beloved by insiders but often shunned by audiences. Can new films from Sam Mandes, Damien Chazelle and Steven Spielberg satisfy cinemagoers and awards voters?

Andrew Pulver

16, Sep, 2022 @2:49 PM

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The week in TV: The A Word, Isolation Stories, The Eddy; Trying; Homeland – review
Peter Bowker’s wry autism drama returned to fresh complications, ITV went full lockdown, and Netflix’s jazz story was all tuned up with nowhere to go

Euan Ferguson

10, May, 2020 @8:30 AM

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The Eddy review – dark musical drama needs some jazzing up
Far from La La Land, Damien Chazelle’s Netflix series struggles to meld its story of poverty and precarity in the Parisian underbelly with its extended musical interludes

Lucy Mangan

08, May, 2020 @11:09 AM

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Oscar nominations 2019: Roma and The Favourite deserve acclaim, but no female directors is woeful
The Academy consensus has produced two blue chip frontrunners, but passed over some exceptional films directed by women in the process

Peter Bradshaw

22, Jan, 2019 @4:00 PM

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Bafta nominations 2019: fascinating Favourite continues its journey in the awards season sun | Peter Bradshaw
The black-comic satire set at the court of Queen Anne takes a deserved lead on home ground, with moonshot drama First Man re-emerging in the awards race

Peter Bradshaw

09, Jan, 2019 @9:51 AM

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First Man: Ryan Gosling's abstract Apollo mission – discuss with spoilers
The biopic of Neil Armstrong and the first moon landing has US patriots all fired up, but do Gosling and director Damien Chazelle achieve their objectives?

Jordan Hoffman

15, Oct, 2018 @10:07 AM

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First Man review – an inner space odyssey
Damien Chazelle’s drama about Neil Armstrong and the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing is a moving tale of loss and peril

Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

14, Oct, 2018 @7:00 AM

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What to see this week in the UK
From First Man to Enrique Iglesias, here’s our pick of the best films, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance over the next seven days

Andrew Pulver, Michael Cragg, John Fordham, Andrew Clements, Jonathan Jones, Mark Cook and Lyndsey Winship

12, Oct, 2018 @8:00 AM

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Damien Chazelle: ‘I liked doing something that was the polar opposite of La La Land’
The Oscar-winning director on his new movie about the 1969 moon landing, that infamous best film mix-up, and finding time for a honeymoon

Killian Fox

07, Oct, 2018 @8:00 AM

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