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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 10-11-2018

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VALLEY BREEZE LIVING EDITION | OCTOBER 11-17, 2018 ENTERTAINMENT 5 Cooper and Gaga give Oscar-worthy performances in 'A Star is Born' HHHHH There have been three previous iterations of "A Star is Born" with the last version being in 1976 with Barbra Streisand. This week the film is updated with Bradley Cooper and popular singer Lady Gaga. There were two big main stream movies released last weekend, "A Star is Born" and "Venom" and I vig- orously suggest that this is the movie you should go see. It's far more enveloping, enjoyable and entertain- ing than the competition. Bradley Cooper plays an aging musician named Jackson Maine. He is a hard-drinking, fading star with daddy issues and happens upon the young singer, Ally (Gaga), after find- ing all of the liquor stores closed after a concert and wandering into the bar she is performing at. He is impressed by her talent and he becomes instantly smitten with her and takes her under his wing in a whirlwind fashion. He is awed by her talent as both a songwriter and singer. He coaxes her on stage at his next show and she becomes thrust into the spotlight herself in this age of YouTube, and the video goes viral. As their romance blossoms and her own career begins to take off, his fal- ters a bit with his own jealousy and alcoholism rearing its ugly head. This film is an excellent look at how the music industry can manipu- late, maneuver and control the destiny of artists. Gaga's Ally is shy of the spotlight at first but once she gets a taste of it she soon succumbs to the lure and fame. The film plays to Gaga's strength as a singer and performer and definitely highlights her talents and abilities. She doesn't have to act as much as simply show up and be herself. Cooper is excellent here, whether playing guitar or espousing about being raised by his older brother who factors heavily into his life. Cooper is one of those actors who really inhabits the personality of his roles and makes them so believable. There were two other interest- ing casting surprises here, the first being Ally's father played by a much older and tamer Andrew Dice Clay. At first, I didn't even realize it was him, but as the film progressed, every time he showed up I was impressed. The second was Dave Chappelle playing a childhood and lifelong friend to Cooper's character. Chapelle, of course, is a comedian and seeing him as a calming, guiding influence to the troubled Jackson was an enjoyable diversion. Sam Elliott and his indomitable silver mustache (with hair to match it now) plays the older brother, Bobby, babysitter and wrangler to Jackson. This is a solid film and it would not surprise me to see either of the leads get some Oscar buzz in January for their roles. Cooper not only starred in this but takes his first turn in the director's chair. Considering the pro- lific and enviable list of directors he has worked for, it's no surprise that his first effort turned out this good. But it's the chemistry between Cooper and Gaga that is the draw. They feed off each other and really help the other actor rise higher, achieving stellar performances. One of the year's best for certain. The film is rated R. Film Unfiltered TOM BURKE BRADLEY COOPER, left, plays a fading musician and LADY GAGA is an unknown singer who is cast into the spotlight in this latest remake of "A Star is Born." Dining Guide 46 Putnam Pike, Johnston, RI 401-231-8111 web: email: FULL SERVICE BAR SELECTION We accept all major credit cards. Minimum catering order is $200.00. There will be a ROOM FEE of $100.00 and an 18% gratuity added to your order. — CATERING — • Birthday Parties • Office Parties • Meetings • Showers • Weddings In-House or Set-Up and Delivery at Your Venue. * Call for Details. © ~ TUESDAY NIGHTS ~ Al Fresco Dining is Open! Build Your Own Burger Choose Your Toppings Only $ 5.95 • $3 and $4 BEER SPECIALS • MEZZALUNA (Calzone Pizza) Try the best of both worlds, 1/2 Pizza and 1/2 Calzone $11.95 any choice of toppings and any choice of calzone. You Build It! Sundays are for Tuscan Family Style Chicken Dinner We are more than just Pizza WOOD OVEN PIZZA & BAR (401) 353-7110 1874 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, RI Dining Hours: Sunday Dinner 12-10 p.m.; Monday-Thursday 4-10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday 12 p.m.-11 p.m.; Bar Open Later Nightly Now available for delivery using our UberEats app Featuring our Chefs Autumn Menu Great Appy Hour & Buck a Shuck Oysters Daily 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Perfect place to host your next Holiday, Birthday or Business Gathering, School S ports Banquet or Pizza Party On-Site or Off-site Catering Pick-up or Drop-off All You Can Eat $12.95

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