An immense performance from Jake Gyllenhaal powers the moving true story of Jeff Bauman, a survivor of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing who lost both legs in the attack. After regaining consciousness in hospital, Bauman (Gyllenhaal) helps the police identify one of the terrorists. Celebrated by the media and thrust into the public eye, he becomes a symbol of hope for a nation in need of a hero – a status he doesn’t feel he deserves. With his girlfriend, Erin (Maslany), by his side, he begins the long process of rehabilitation, but struggles to cope with the giant spotlight cast upon him. Smartly directed and wonderfully acted, Stronger is a sensitive retelling of Bauman’s physical and emotional journey that also asks the question: what really makes a hero?
A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Tommy Wiseau’s The Room, and a hilarious reminder that there’s no limit to what you can achieve when you have no idea what you’re doing. Often tagged ‘the Citizen Kane of bad movies’, The Room, starring, written and directed by Wiseau, opened in just one LA cinema in 2003 to derisory reviews. However, as an unfathomably bad film, it has since achieved cult status. Based on the book written by The Room co-star Greg Sestero, The Disaster Artist tells the story of the two aspiring Hollywood actors Wiseau (James Franco) and Sestero (Dave Franco), and how Wiseau’s failure to get work compelled him to create his own incomprehensibly plotted movie. While this is a film about the importance of having faith in oneself as an artist, it’s primarily a ludicrous comedy with several priceless comic cameos.
Director: Trish Sie.
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Hailee Steinfeld. USA 2017. 93 mins.
Following their graduation, the Barden Bellas are back! And with some of them already struggling with post-college life, it’s a no-brainer when a former member of the all-girl vocal group, Aubrey (Camp), proposes they sign up for an overseas competition. But there’s a catch – the contest puts them up against bands that play actual instruments as well as sing. Regular scriptwriter Kay Cannon and co-producer Elizabeth Banks – who also plays Gail – help ensure that the action, the music and the laughs are delivered thick and fast, with returning stars Anna Kendrick, Ruby Rose, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow and the irrepressible Rebel Wilson on top form. There’s also added romance thanks to some hunky American soldiers, plus European sightseeing!