We were beginning to worry about Ryan Gosling. Last year’s The Big Short was good, but the reception for The Nice Guys and directorial debut Lost River was lukewarm at best. La La Land marks his return to form. The story of a jazz pianist who falls in love with an aspiring actress, played by Emma Stone, it took home rave reviews at the Venice Film Festival and has been brought forward to land squarely in awards season. In cinemas December 26.