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First Man

One giant leap into the unknown.

Nothing in Damien Chazelle’s already impressive filmography (Whiplash, La La Land) will prepare you for the urgency and sheer power of First Man. The drama, which traces Neil Armstrong’s career with NASA through the Apollo 11 mission, is a nail-biting thriller, where even set-in-stone history seems up for grabs. It is immersive, engaging and dizzying filmmaking.

Poster art for the critically acclaimed space drama First ManRyan Gosling makes an excellent Armstrong, all steel and dedication. He’s backed by a supporting cast that includes Claire Foy (tv’s ‘The Crown’) as Armstrong’s wife Janet and a wealth of familiar character actors playing NASA honchos. As Chazelle oscillates between documenting NASA’s many missteps and peering behind the curtain of the Armstrongs’ domestic lives, he conjures up another cinematic high.

– Barry Hertz, The Globe And Mail

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