La La Land (2016)

DAMIEN CHAZELLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2016.  Summit Entertainment, Black Label Media, TIK Films, Impostor Pictures, Gilbert Films, Marc Platt Productions.  Screenplay by Damien Chazelle.  Cinematography by Linus Sandgren.  Produced by Fred Berger, Gary Gilbert, Jordan Horowitz, Marc Platt.  Music by Justin Hurwitz.  Production Design by David Wasco.  Costume Design by Mary Zophres.  Film Editing by Tom Cross.  Academy Awards 2016.  Golden Globe…

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Hairspray (2007)

BBBB (out of 5) A teenager in the 1960s decides to fight racial segregation and is met with serious threats to her future; sounds like an update of Mississippi Burning until you add big hair, rocking tunes and John Travolta in a dress. Newcomer Nikki Blonsky plays the youngster in question, Tracy, in this wonderful…

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