The rock-and-roll life has never looked more glamorous and seductive than it does in Green Room, a merry lark in which the four members of a scrappy D.C. punk band land a gig in the middle of Pacific Northwest nowhere. They siphon gas to get there, play a set to a crowd of skinhead boot-stompers, retreat to the holding area backstage, and proceed to be, um, held hostage.
Can a song save your life? When John Carney's movie Begin Again - with Keira Knightley as a heartbroken balladeer and Mark Ruffalo as a career-in-crisis record exec - debuted at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, that was the original title.
Born to Be Blue Ethan Hawke dives into the role of cool-cat jazzman Chet Baker in this half-tribute/half-speculative exploration of the great musician's life. Carmen Ejogo (Coretta Scott King in Selma) is terrific as an actress cast opposite Baker in a movie within the movie. Against her best instincts, she takes up in real life with the trumpet player, singer and junkie. R