(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: why have people embraced the troubled musician in A Star is Born, but not the troubled musician in Vox Lux?)

The story goes like this: A world-famous musician who can’t get out from under their traumatic past struggles with an addiction that threatens to destroy their relationships. Their narcissism and recklessness are crudely exacerbated by drugs and alcohol. They are perhaps only, as the narration might inform us, marginally talented, and yet they endure. That unnamable something – the “it” factor, that sparkle, that je ne sais quois – has kept their fans adoring long past a reasonable expiration date.

That description could be attributed to prominent characters in two films released this year; while one of them has drawn near-consistent praise, the other has been criticized as being aggressively unlikable. The biggest difference between the two is, perhaps unsurprisingly, their gender.

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Movie Mixtape: 6 Movies to Watch With ‘Vox Lux’

Movies to Watch With Vox Lux

Cinema often treats tragedy either as an incubator for profound goodness or for unspeakable monstrosity, recognizing that cataclysmic change – no matter the flavor – is inescapable when the worst happens. For the two young women at the center of Vox Lux, it’s both.

But silver linings can turn out to be tin foil, especially when seen through the starry-eyed glasses of fame. Celeste (Natalie Portman) and Ellie (Stacy Martin) survive a childhood nightmare and convert it into a song. The song lands them both an eager manager (Jude Law) and a ticket on the rocket ship of celebrity.

The film by writer/director Brady Corbet growls with a message about the intertwining notions of televised fame and terrorism and hums with original songs from Sia. That it comes out the same year as a version of A Star in Born starring Lady Gaga is cosmic coincidence that needs to be revisited once both are available outside theaters.

Fortunately, there are several other golden voiced, grim views of success to watch with Vox Lux.

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vox lux trailer new

Natalie Portman plays an unstable singer in Vox Lux, a new drama from Childhood of a Leader director Brady Corbet. The film tells two distinct stories: one focused on Portman’s character as a teen pop star on the rise (as played by Raffey Cassidy), and one after she’s already become a success, and is now on the downslope of her career. Watch the latest Vox Lux trailer below.

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vox lux trailer

Natalie Portman is off the deep end, watch as she dives in, as she stars in Vox Lux, the latest film from Brady Corbet. This twisted look at the dark side of fame finds Portman playing a pop star in decline, struggling to deal with her controversial actions and her waining career. Jude Law, Raffey Cassidy, Stacy Martin and Jennifer Ehle also star. Watch the Vox Lux trailer below.

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vox lux review

Brady Corbet teams with Natalie Portman for Vox Lux, a strange saga split into two, showing the youth and adult life of a troubled pop star. Hard to decipher and loaded with omens and symbols, Vox Lux doesn’t quite work, but it makes one hell of an impression.

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Vox Lux Trailer

Vox Lux, the latest from Childhood of a Leader director Brady Corbet and Oscar-winner Natalie Portman, focuses on a woman’s rise to pop superstardom over the course of 18 years. A new teaser trailer provides our first official look at Portman in action, albeit briefly. Watch the Vox Lux trailer below.

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