(R) Texas, 1985. Party-hardy, homophobic cowboy Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) is diagnosed HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. While fighting medical and pharmaceutical organizations to prolong his life, Woodroof forms an unlikely relationship with flirty transsexual Rayon (Jared Leto)---to distribute unapproved meds, smuggled from Mexico, to other AIDS patients. Compassionate, inspiring story with commanding, pitch-perfect performances by McConaughey (shockingly thin) and Leto.
(PG) Greg "Freddy" Camalier's marvelous documenting of music produced during the '60's and '70's at Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Rick Hall opened FAME Studios, hired a house band (the blackest-sounding all-white musicians) and lured major talent wanting to capture the sensational sound being created in this tiny town setting beside the Tennessee River. Archive footage, stills and revealing interviews (with Aretha Franklin, Steve Winwood, Gregg Allman, Percy Sledge, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards) pay tribute to a meaningful influence on American popular music history. As you might expect, MUSCLE SHOALS has a dynamite soundtrack!
(R) Based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender), as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon's chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) will forever alter his life.