FREEP FILM FESTIVAL
Tough Guy: The Bob Probert Story
NR | 127 MIN
Few Detroit Red Wings are as revered as Bob Probert — Bruise Brother, all-time franchise penalty leader, enforcer for Steve Yzerman and all-around tough guy. Despite the assertion of its title, Geordie Day’s film about Probert, who died in 2010 of heart failure, goes behind the scandalous headlines to locate the complexity in that legendary bloody-knuckled toughness, presenting Probie as a kind, flawed soul who loved his wife and kids while battling the demons of addiction and neurodegenerative disease. “Tough Guy” is a sobering and ultimately heartbreaking case study about what can happen to athletes after the game is over.
R | 96 MIN
Roman (Matthias Schoenaerts), a convict in a rural Nevada prison who struggles to escape his violent past, is required to participate in an “outdoor maintenance” program as part of his state-mandated social rehabilitation. Spotted by a no-nonsense veteran trainer (Bruce Dern) and helped by an outgoing fellow inmate and trick rider (Jason Mitchell), Roman is accepted into the selective wild horse training section of the program, where he finds his own humanity in gentling an especially unbreakable mustang.