Cast: JK Simmons, Miles Teller
Andrew Neyman (Teller), an ambitious jazz drummer at the Shaffer Conservatory in New York, is chosen as the core drummer of conductor Terence Fletcher’s (Simmons) studio band. His love for the art form soon turns into obsession with Fletcher’s extreme methods of instruction pushing him to his limits and later to insanity. An intense drama that’s splendidly executed. Watch out for Simmons’
portrayal of Fletcher, that completely justifies his Oscar win.
Director: Sriram Raghavan | Cast: Varun Dhawan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui,
Huma Qureshi, Yami Gautam
Badlapur is a revenge saga revolving around Raghu (Varun Dhawan) who waits 15 years to avenge the murder of his wife (Yami Gautam) and child. The tagline ‘Don’t miss the beginning’ rings true literally, as the first few minutes of the film are critical and terrifically portrayed. Coming from a master storyteller, it has amazing performances by the actors and excellent cinematography. Solid moments and a gripping storyline make it something you cannot miss. —TI
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Cast: Reese Witherspoon,
Based on the 2012 book Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, Cheryl Strayed (Witherspoon) heads out on a gruelling 1,100-mile hike. To shake off her troubles which include a divorce and death of her mother (Dern), she plans to trek from the border of Mexico right up to the Canadian border to clear her mind. Witherspoon’s portrayal of the lost yet determined lady lives up to her Oscar nomination. But the plot, though powerful, loses a bit of steam
as the end draws to a close.