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Empire (UK) - - THE ULTIMATE AUTUMN PREVIEW - DAN JOLIN

FIRST MAN _ 12 OCT

Af­ter tak­ing us to the City Of Stars in La La Land, Damien Chazelle and Ryan Gosling now want to fly us to the moon. First Man is a nitty-gritty re­con­struc­tion drama which fo­cuses on the hard re­al­i­ties of mount­ing the first manned lu­nar mis­sion, both in terms of the ex­treme dan­gers faced by the as­tro­nauts — pri­mar­ily Gosling as Neil Arm­strong — and the per­sonal im­pact it had on their lives (Claire Foy plays Neil’s wife, Janet). Sounds good; af­ter all, Chazelle, Foy and Gosling cer­tainly have the right stuff.

A STAR IS BORN _ 5 OCT

At one point, this third re­make of the 1937 Hol­ly­wood ro­mance was go­ing to be di­rected by Clint East­wood and star Beyoncé. But, af­ter years in de­vel­op­ment hell, it’s emerged as the di­rec­to­rial de­but of Clint’s Amer­i­can Sniper star Bradley Cooper, with Lady Gaga tak­ing the key from-nowhereto-big-time role and Cooper him­self ap­pear­ing as the de­clin­ing star who falls for her. Hav­ing been a straight mu­si­cal with Judy Gar­land and a rock mu­si­cal with Bar­bra Streisand, Cooper’s lo­cated his in the coun­try-andwestern scene. Ex­pect high-in­ten­sity bel­ters.

RALPH BREAKS THE IN­TER­NET _ 30 NOV

Six years af­ter cram­ming more video -game ref­er­ences and cameos into a movie than you can shake a joy­stick at, di­rec­tor Rich Moore is back to take on on­line cul­ture with his love­able smasher-up­per Wreckit Ralph (John C. Reilly). Along with his sugar-rush­ing buddy Vanel­lope (Sarah Sil­ver­man), Ralph is in­tro­duced to a whole new world of screen­based en­ter­tain­ment as his ar­cade ma­chine is con­nected to the world wide web. Seems Dis­ney’s gone crazy with loan­ing out its other prop­er­ties here: ex­pect ap­pear­ances from Star Wars, Marvel and Mup­pets char­ac­ters, as well as ev­ery sin­gle Dis­ney princess in one room.

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