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STRONGER

Biopic. Some­times he­roes are cre­ated by ac­ci­dent – such as Jeff Bau­man (Jake Gyl­len­haal), who lost his legs dur­ing the Bos­ton Marathon bomb­ing in 2013. Jeff sur­vived and wrote a book about the in­ci­dent, on which this film is based.

For many Amer­i­cans he be­came a sym­bol of the or­di­nary guy giv­ing the fin­ger to ter­ror­ism.

Gyl­len­haal strik­ingly con­veys Jeff’s emo­tional strug­gle and phys­i­cal chal­lenges. Mi­randa Richard­son de­liv­ers a great per­for­mance as his vul­gar al­co­holic mother, while Or­phan Black’s Ta­tiana Maslany con­vinces as his girl­friend.

Stronger isn’t just an­other bor­ing in­spi­ra­tional film; it’s a tour de force. – JA­NINE MOR­RIS 2017. 114 MIN. 16DLV. ALSO ON DSTV BOX OF­FICE.

AMER­I­CAN AS­SAS­SIN

Ac­tion. Teen Wolf and The Maze Run­ner star Dy­lan O’Brien gets grim and gritty in this movie based on Vince Flynn’s 2010 novel of the same name.

Mitch (O’Brien) watches in hor­ror as his fi­ancée, Ka­t­rina (Charlotte Vega), is mur­dered by ter­ror­ists while they’re on hol­i­day in Ibiza, then spends the next 18 months plot­ting to in­fil­trate the ter­ror cell re­spon­si­ble.

The CIA gets wind of his plans and re­cruits him to be trained by a griz­zled vet­eran (the al­ways great Michael Keaton) to foil an­other ter­ror plot by a rogue for­mer agent (Tay­lor Kitsch).

It’s at least as jin­go­is­tic as the ’80s Rambo movies, but watch­able enough if you’re in the mood for a great deal of vi­o­lent ac­tion. – DEN­NIS CAV­ER­NELIS 2017. 108 MIN. 16LV. ALSO ON DSTV BOX OF­FICE.

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