Take advantage of the long weekend and slowing for the holidays to catch up on some of the films that are already generating Oscar buzz—months ahead of the Academy Awards ceremony and before the official contenders are announced.
Over at the ArcLight, check out Birdman, Nightcrawler, Foxcatcher and Interstellar.
Birdman details the adventures of Michael Keaton as a once-famous actor trying to prove himself in play. With Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton and Naomi Watts, it seems likely to be nominated in a variety of categories from acting to directing to screenplay.
Nightcrawler portrays a spooky sort of Angeleno nightlife with amazing performances by Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo.
Foxcatcher stars the usually comedic Steve Carell under a mass of prosthetics rendering him nearly unrecognizable. Based on the real life story of Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz, Foxcatcher details they dynamic between the wrestler and his brother and sponsor and also stars Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo.
Interstellar is a major sci-fi blockbuster type. Allow time for the long-running epic starring Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey and Michael Caine in an outer space spectacular.
At the Laemmle, check out St. Vincent with Bill Murray doing what he does best as a cranky but lovable neighbor, Whiplash with JK Simmons earning rave reviews for his performance in the music school drama, and The Homesman, which has Hilary Swank going for another Oscar in the female-driven Western. (The Tale of Princess Kaguya, an animated flick and long-shot for an animated Oscar award is also playing here).
Whether you’re looking for a major blockbuster or an amazing Indie, the movie theaters around town have you covered—and you can still catch an animated Oscar contender, The Boxtrolls, over at the Regency Academy if you’re looking to save money before the holidays.
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