A Star is Born 1.0 stars

Star is Born movie poster

Actor Bradley Cooper puts on the hats of writer, director, and soulful, drunken country rocker for the latest version of this oft-told tale of lovers whose stars are crossing (hers ascending, his crashing to earth). In this case, the “her” is known pop-star quantity Lady Gaga, a singer whose work has often displayed the kind of knowing theatricality that shows up here. She oozes swoon-worthy confidence onscreen, even when she’s playing unconfident and shy, and the appeal of it will surely be enough to carry some folks through the, um, generous runtime. But if 2011’s The Artist was an homage, this is more of a burlesque, a hot mess of a movie that takes its dramatic cues from the camp excesses of the drag queens among whom our hammered hero finds the lucky Lady. (She performs “La Vie en Rose” while extracting actual roses from her dress, and from this, he guesses she's a songwriter, one with something to say and a way to say it.) The movie is about the bitch goddess fame — YouTube views, record deals, TV appearances, industry awards. But Cooper seems to be chasing something more exalted: a personal drama broadcast via pop songs. As a result, there’s a lot of talk about artistic integrity — but there's not nearly enough genuine drama or artistry on display to justify all the sturm und drang. 2018.

Matthew Lickona

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AMC Classic River Village 6

5256 Mission Road, Bonsall, 760-945-1365 | Directions

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AMC Fashion Valley

7037 Friars Road, San Diego, 888-262-4386 | Directions

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AMC La Jolla

8657 Villa La Jolla Drive, San Diego, 888-262-4386 | Directions

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AMC Otay Ranch

2015 Birch Road, Chula Vista, 888-262-4386 | Directions

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770 Dennery Road, Chula Vista, 888-262-4386 | Directions

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AMC Plaza Bonita

3050 Plaza Bonita Road, National City, 888-262-4386 | Directions

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AMC Temecula 10

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Angelika Film Center & Café

11620 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego, 858-207-2606 | Directions

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ArcLight La Jolla

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Cinépolis Del Mar

12905 El Camino Real, Del Mar, 858-794-4045 | Directions

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Cinépolis La Costa

6941 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, 760-603-8638 | Directions

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Cinépolis Vista

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Edwards Mira Mesa

10733 Westview Parkway, San Diego, 858-635-7716 | Directions

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LOT

7611 Fay Avenue, La Jolla, CA, 858-777-0069 | Directions

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LOT: Liberty Station

2620 Truxton Road, San Diego, 619-566-0069 | Directions

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Reading Cinemas Grossmont with TITAN XC

5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, 619-465-3040 | Directions

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4665 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, 858-274-9994 | Directions

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Regal Carlsbad 12

2501 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, 844-462-7342 | Directions

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Regal Escondido

350 West Valley Parkway, Escondido, 760-291-0119 | Directions

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Regal Oceanside

401 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, 760-439-1327 | Directions

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Regal Parkway Plaza

405 Parkway Plaza, El Cajon, 619-401-3456 | Directions

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Regal Rancho del Rey

1025 Tierra del Rey, Chula Vista, 619-216-4707 | Directions

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2951 Jamacha Road, El Cajon, 619-660-3483 | Directions

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Regal San Marcos

1180 W. San Marcos Boulevard, San Marcos, 760-471-3734 | Directions

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UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center

7510 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego, 619-685-2841 | Directions

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United Artists Horton Plaza

475 Horton Plaza, San Diego, 800-326-3264 | Directions

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Vintage Village Theatre

820 Orange Avenue, Coronado, 619-437-6161 | Directions

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NikkoE82 Oct. 7, 2018 @ 6:15 p.m.

Boo! This review sucks. A Shitty Review is Born.

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