A Star Is Born
Plot: A famous country rocker (Bradley Cooper) takes a struggling singer (Lady Gaga) under his wing as their careers head in opposite directions. Director: Bradley Cooper
2 hours, 16 minutes Rating: R Upside: Gaga proves herself as strong an actor as a singer, and Cooper amazes onscreen and as a first-time director. Downside: While still strong, the second half of the film doesn’t offer the same exhilaration as its beginning.