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A Star Is Born

The latest version of the swooning love story set in the music business is currently in theaters.

Alissa Wilkinson covers film and culture for Vox. Alissa is a member of the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics.

Metacritic score: 88

For his directorial debut, Bradley Cooper took on the much-adapted narrative of A Star Is Born, which first appeared in 1937 and then was remade in 1954, 1976, and now 2018. Cooper stars alongside Lady Gaga in the latest version, a love story about a fading music star who gives a talented newcomer the push she needs to break through — and then she begins to eclipse him.

Laced with instantly memorable songs and outstanding performances, 2018’s A Star Is Born is hurtling itself into awards season and gunning for the biggest awards. It’s the kind of movie that tries to harness all of its cinematic possibility to make your heart burst, and it more or less succeeds.