Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%
Size of release: 645 theaters
Total U.S. box-office gross: $4.2 million
Though heralded as a hero after losing his legs in the Boston Marathon bombing, and assisting the FBI in identifying perpetrator Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Jeff Bauman suffered when he returned home to friends, family, and a community that expected him to be "Boston Strong." As recounted (and reclaimed) in this frank portrait of rehabilitation, Bauman's reentry was embittered, clouded by PTSD, and drowned in alcohol. Circumstance thrusted his ex-girlfriend, Erin (Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany) back into his life as a de facto caretaker. Green swings back and forth between the two powerhouse performances: Gyllenhaal, disabled and miserable, and Maslany, a lost, loving entity forced to drag a wheelchair up and down stairs. Stronger performed modestly in a minimal amount of theaters, but it's a movie that, at the very least, every Boston local needs to throw on their viewing queue.
Where to see it right now: Rent on iTunes, Amazon, and Vudu (watch the trailer)