One of the most talked about films of the past year, Damien Chazelle's Sundance-winner is a gladiatorial joust between teacher and pupil. Andrew (Miles Teller) is a prodigiously talented drummer. His skill gains him entry to an elite class, overseen by the domineering Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), who has no time for shirkers or students unwilling to tap into their true potential. Thus the stage is set for a battle of will between the two.