When an aspiring drummer, Andrew (Teller), registers at a world-renowned New York music school, he fast realises that his drum kit isn’t the only thing that requires a thick skin. Nothing sounds more like vanilla than a film about drumming. Drums are the Steady Eddie of… Read More ›

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