During the courtship of college students Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) and Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones), Hawking is diagnosed with motor neuron disease (ALS). Rather than debilitate their relationship, the devastating news strengthens it and they wed in 1965---even as his condition worsens. Adapted from Wilde's 2007 memoir, this beautifully depicted love story involving the celebrated astrophysicist offers brilliantly conceived, award-worthy acting by Redmayne and Jones.
A kindhearted prairie farm owner (Hilary Swank) is elected to transport three women, driven to madness by the harshness of 1850's pioneer life, from the Nebraska Territory to proper care in a small Iowa community. She enlists the aid of a gruff, tough drifter (Tommy Lee Jones) to combat the outlaws, Indians and natural environment they may encounter along the route. A bold, thrilling work, directed and co-written by Jones, containing surprising plot twists, healthy dollops of humor and a splendid supporting cast (including John Lithgow, Meryl Streep and James Spader).
Distraught by personal problems (drug use, infidelity and death of a loved one), Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) undertakes a 1,100 mile hike along the Pacific Crest trail. Her daring, risky trek proves to be both debilitating and rejuvenating. Based on Strayed's book, screenwriter Nick Hornby and director Jean-Marc Vallee unfold her story via a series of emotional flashbacks in powerful, gut-punching fashion. Co-stars Laura Dern, Thomas Sadoski and Keene McRae.