For this “Reel Mood of the Week,” all sorts of fights are brewing in these characters’ lives. It’s up to you to pick which one to witness (and hope for the best possible outcome).
“Bleed for This”
Vinny Pazienza (Miles Teller) is a fire in the ring and off, as his nickname “The Pazmanian Devil” can prove. His winning streak is cut short, however, after a car accident that broke his neck. People say he will never walk again, but his love for the sport aims to prove them wrong. Based on the true story.
“The Edge of Seventeen”
If the meme Socially Awkward Penguin is personified, it would take the form of high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld). Her life hasn’t been smooth, especially when her best friend leaves her to spend time with her boyfriend (also Nadine’s brother). Just when everything seems to collapse for Nadine, an angel without wings named Erwin (Hayden Szeto) comes into her life.
“Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk”
The novel from Ben Fountain comes to life with director Ang Lee’s audacious vision. Billy Lynn (Joe Alwyn in his debut role) is, according to the halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game, a hero, but it seems that the actual events in Iraq tell a different story. Lee filmed “Billy Lynn” in 120 fps, 4K and 3-D, so it should be an outstanding experience—provided that there is a theater in the neighborhood that has the equipment.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
Seventy years before Harry Potter went to Hogwarts, magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) comes to New York with a magical case full of extraordinary creatures. All it takes is a curious No-Maj, what Muggles are called in the U.S., named Jacob (Dan Fogler) to set them loose—an incident that bears unfathomable consequences for both magical and ordinary worlds. The film will be the first time that J.K. Rowling writes a screenplay.
Limited Attention: “Nocturnal Animals”
In this sensual and hypnotic psychodrama from fashion designer Tom Ford, the life of art-gallery owner Susan Morrow (Amy Adams) comes tumbling down when her second husband, Tony Hastings (Jake Gyllenhaal), sends her a manuscript that Susan perceives as a warning for what is about to happen to her. Based on the novel “Tony and Susan” by Austin Wright.
Let us know what you’ll be seeing, and stay tuned for the next “Reel Mood of the Week.”