2013, Randall Miller, USA, 90 min.
With Alan Rickman, Donal Logue
The birthplace of punk rock gets its due in this rousing tribute to the infamous Bowery club and its proprietor, Hilly Kristal (Rickman). With a couple of bankruptcies, a divorce, and two failed clubs under his belt, Kristal happens upon a rundown biker bar and is inspired to turn it into New York’s only country, bluegrass, and blues joint. History, of course, had different plans. A Village Voice review is all it takes to ignite the club’s popularity and soon fledgling punk luminaries including The Talking Heads, Blondie, Iggy Pop, The Ramones, and Patti Smith are stalking the stage. Miller uses comic-book framing to highlight watershed performances and enlists an all-star cast including Johnny Galecki, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, and Rupert Grint (reuniting with HARRY POTTER co-star Rickman) in an inspired performance as Cheetah Chrome of The Dead Boys. DCP digital. (Christopher Sanew)