A STAR IS BORN (M) A raw twinkle gives way to a lasting afterglow, US, 136 min
This spectacularly alive, astute and absorbing new rendition of the classic Hollywood melodrama A Star is Born is one of the great allround movie experiences of 2018. This is no mere modern cover version humming the same old tune. Making a brilliant debut as director, Bradley Cooper has rearranged a well-known melody into a fresh, exciting and moving new composition. There is one voice above all else emitting a sound so sweet, sorrowful and soulful that resistance is all but impossible. It is that of famous pop diva Lady Gaga, making an astonishing feature lead acting debut in the role of Ally, an aspiring singer-songwriter who catches the ear and heart of a troubled roots rock musician (Cooper again).