Perfect pair in har­mony

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket - with Ian Bunt­ing

La La Land (12)

Sure to leave a smile on your face as you lap up its giddy joy and bril­liance, La La Land is an­other tri­umph for writer-di­rec­tor Damien Chazelle.

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling share off-the-charts chem­istry and the mu­si­cal show­pieces are as­tound­ing; the songs are in­stantly catchy and you’ll be hum­ming them for days.

Manch­ester by the Sea

This tough drama sails through some rocky wa­ters to take view­ers on a beau­ti­fully-acted, mov­ing jour­ney.

Casey Af­fleck pro­vides the finest work of his ca­reer and Michelle Wil­liams is ter­rific.

There’s no es­cap­ing the gloomy cen­tral sto­ry­line, but warmth and hu­mour are gen­tly drip fed into pro­ceed­ings.

As­sas­sin’s Creed (12)

With the di­rec­tor (Justin Kurzel) and stars (Michael Fass­ben­der and Mar­ion Cotil­lard) of 2015’s scorch­ing Mac­beth be­hind it, the odds seems to be in favour of As­sas­sin’s Creed break­ing the video game movie curse.

But while no Su­per Mario Broth­ers or Street Fighter, we’re in no better than mid­dle-of-the-road, Tomb Raider-style, ter­ri­tory here.

The con­vo­luted plot does Kurzel and his cast no favours as it’s dif­fi­cult to keep up with the cav­al­cade of in­for­ma­tion.

For­tu­nately, the set pieces are eas­ier to reg­is­ter, with the game’s “Leap of Faith” pro­vid­ing an ex­hil­a­rat­ing vis­ual.

But it cli­maxes with a damp squib of a fi­nale in Lon­don that feels in­fe­rior to ear­lier se­quences.

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