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Last month, the throwback musical La La Land premiered to rave reviews at the Venice Film Festival, before earning more praise in Telluride and Toronto. Most moviegoers will have to wait until December to find out if the film lives up to its instantly rapturous reception. But the glowing notices shouldn’t come as some big surprise. After all, writer-director Damien Chazelle established his chops with his last film, the ferocious music-school psychodrama Whiplash, which earned great reviews, a couple Oscars, and the all-coveted A.
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