Film review: Teller, Simmons excel in 'Whiplash,' a study on the pain of making great music

October 8, 2014 9:26 PM

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If you've ever sat in a jazz club or concert and thought the band was just riffing the night away with nary a care in the world, "Whiplash" should whip that feeling out of you faster than a really up-tempo drum solo.

Rarely has a movie shown so viscerally the utter pain that can accompany the bliss of creating good music. And, in the case of the aspiring jazz drummer at the center of "Whiplash," played by the fast-rising Miles Teller ("The Spectacular Now," ''Divergent"), we mean physical pain as well as mental:...

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