Riz Ahmed stars in a heartbreaking drama about a punk drummer who loses his hearing. At its core, it’s a fairly standard coming-to-grips flick, but Ahmed’s stellar performance turns it into something great, and writer-director Darius Marder and sound designer Nicolas Becker give us something wholly unique and well worth a watch. What “A Quiet Place” did for suspense films, “Sound of Metal” does for human drama.

4.5/5 stars