Opening this week at a theatre near you:

Nightcrawler

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“Nightcrawler” (2014)

Jake Gyllenhaal plays a young man who gets involved with the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism where “reporters” follow the sirens to crime scenes. “Nightcrawler” Website

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What to Watch For:  First-time director Dan Gilroy has written some action packed screenplays including 2012’s, “The Bourne Legacy.”

Word on the Street:  Dan Gilroy wrote his wife, Rene Russo’s part especially for her.

My Take:  I am wondering if this will be Jake Gyllenhaal’s way back to the Oscar ceremony.

Before I Go to Sleep

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“Before I Go to Sleep” (2014)

Due to a traumatic incident, a woman (Nicole Kidman) wakes up every day with no memory of what has happened in the past. Her life changes when she starts remembering  things – things that are quite terrifying. “Before I Go to Sleep” Website

What to Watch For:  Writer  / Director Rowan Joffe has given us some good action films in the past with “28 Weeks Later” (2007) and “ The American” (2010).

Word on the Street:  The studio is hoping that the disastrous “Grace of Monaco” (2014) is just a blip in the career of Kidman.

My Take:  This is the last film to be photographed using Fuji 35mm film stock.

Whiplash

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“Whiplash” (2014)

A promising young drummer, Andrew (Miles Teller), is promoted to the top jazz band at a music conservatory.  He seems to have the world by the tale: a cute girlfriend (Melissa Benoist), a supportive father (Paul Reiser) and an immense talent. But Andrew’s dream gig turns into a nightmare due to the band’s nightmare of a leader (J.K. Simmons). “Whiplash” Website

What to Watch For:  J.K. Simmons is almost a sure thing to get an Academy Award Supporting Actor nomination.

Word on the Street: Critics are wondering if Miles Teller will also get an Oscar nod.

My Take:  Teller is in one of my favorite films of the past five years, “The Spectacular Now” (2013), so I can’t wait for this film to come out.

White Bird in a Blizzard

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“White Bird in a Blizzard”  (2014)

When Kat (Shailene Woodley) is 17 years old, her mother (Eva Green) disappears.  Years later the mother comes home to confront the feelings of abandonment and guilt. “White Bird in a Blizzard” Website

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What to Watch For: This is a much more adult role for Woodley, as she appears nude and having sex in quite a few scenes.

Word on the Street:  Critics have been very interested in seeing this film as writer / director Gregg Araki’s last film was the very controversial film, “Kaboom” (2010).

My Take: Shailene Woodley is my favorite young actress out there.

Horns

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“Horns” (2014)

Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe) has been accused of killing his longtime girlfriend (Juno Temple). Even his family doesn’t know if he did it, and it gets worse, he starts sprouting horns from his temples. “Horns” Website

What to Watch For: The film was a big hit at this year’s Fantastic Fest.

Word on the Street: Since its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, the film has been given six minutes of voiceovers to help clarify the storyline.

My Take: The film has an impressive supporting cast including Heather Graham, David Morse and Kathleen Quinlan.

If you can’t make it to the theatre on the weekend, then stay at home and watch movies on Atlanta’s CW:

Sunday

1:00 pm

“Sleepwalkers”  (1992)  A mother (Alice Krige) and son (Brian Krause) move to a new town. Now, mysterious things begin to happen in the town, and the new family just may be responsible.

3:00 pm

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“Blade: Trinity”  (2004)  Blade (Wesley Snipes) is being hunted by the FBI, and, to make matters worse, he must team up with the Nightstalkers to take on the biggest vampire there is, Dracula.