WHIPLASH (MA15+)

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Name any movie where a hot tal­ent and a burn­ing am­bi­tion are yet to com­bust. The same ques­tion will in­vari­ably be asked of the pro­tag­o­nist. Do you have what it takes? The ques­tion this as­ton­ish­ing make-it-or-break-it drama asks is far more in­ter­est­ing. Do you want back what it took? By the time you get to the ex­tra­or­di­nary an­swer, you will al­ready have ex­pe­ri­enced one of the best films of this year. A promis­ing drum­mer, An­drew (Miles Teller), gains en­try to an ex­clu­sive mu­sic con­ser­va­to­rium. His main in­struc­tor, Fletcher (J.K. Sim­mons), takes an ac­tive in­ter­est in An­drew’s de­vel­op­ment, while also dis­play­ing a bla­tant dis­like of the young hope­ful. So far, so fa­mil­iar, huh? Well, Whiplash will soon give you pause to re­con­sider that po­si­tion, by virtue of the in­ci­sive way it drills down into the cores of th­ese two very dif­fer­ent, very mo­ti­vated char­ac­ters.

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