WHO - - The List - STAR­RING: Danielle Macdon­ald

As with most things New Jersey, a strain of Bruce Spring­steen runs through this tale of a down-and-out work­ing-class hero­ine with dreams of glory. Only it’s mod­ern times and what Pa­tri­cia Dom­browski (ter­rific new­comer Macdon­ald, see p. 88) re­ally wants to be is a rap­per. Spoiler alert: she’s good at it. Team­ing up with her best friend Jheri (Sid­dharth Dhanan­jay) and an odd­ball punk-an­ar­chist (Mamoudou Athie), she cuts some ul­tra­catchy demos (the songs were writ­ten by di­rec­tor Geremy Jasper, a for­mer rocker and mu­sicvideo helmer). But it’s not that easy, and Macdon­ald and Brid­get Everett, as Patti’s al­co­holic mother, bring tears as well as joy to what could be a cult hit. (Out now)

Bar­dem and Lawrence in Mother!: “It is closer to Black Swan in spirit than any­thing I have done in a while,” says Aronof­sky.

Patti (Macdon­ald, with Dhanan­jay) spits in spite of the odds.

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