Stronger (15)

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket -

This take on the Bos­ton Marathon ter­ror­ist at­tack and its af­ter­math takes a much dif­fer­ent tact than 2016’s hi­tand-miss Pa­tri­ots Day.

Here, Jake Gyl­len­haal stars as Jeff Bau­man, who lost both his legs af­ter the hor­rific in­ci­dent, and gives a com­mit­ted per­for­mance that deals with ev­ery facet of Bau­man’s emo­tions.

Mi­randa Richard­son ri­vals I, Tonya’s Al­li­son Jan­ney for the least de­serv­ing mother of the year can­di­date and Ta­tiana Maslany tugs at your heart strings as Bau­man’s on-off girl­friend.

David Gor­don Green doesn’t hold back in film­ing Bau­man’s char­ac­ter short­com­ings, but fails to follow through on those con­vic­tions with a cater­ing to the crowds cli­max.

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