Ryan Gosling plays Neil Armstrong in Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle’s thrilling depiction of the Apollo 11 spaceflight. Both monumental and humane, First Man follows Armstrong through failed NASA tests, the tragic Apollo One cabin fire and the impossibility of justifying his departure to his anxious wife (Claire Foy) – before lift-off and the sublime, surreal climax of his visit to the moon itself. Unmissable.
Lady Gaga is a revelation in Bradley Cooper’s brilliant directorial debut; a powerful contemporary take on the tragic love story, it’s already getting rave reviews. Seasoned, self-destructive musician Jackson (Cooper) falls for struggling singer Ally (Gaga), and coaxes her into the spotlight. But as her career takes off, their relationship begins to suffer.