By Kyle Arensdorf
We’re reaching the final stretch of the semester and stress is at an all-time high. We could all use a break. So plan to see these films on each of the next three Fridays and give yourself a much-needed reprieve to look forward to.
Nightcrawler (Oct. 31)
It’s Halloween, and you’re in the mood for an edgier film than usual. Check out “Nightcrawler.” The film’s director Dan Gilroy took off his writing cap for the director’s chair and created a dark and somewhat cautionary tale about a grungy opportunist (Jake Gyllenhaal) trying to make it in the world of freelance crime journalism. Gyllenhaal has been on quite a rise in the last couple years, from “End of Watch” in 2012 to “Prisoners” in 2013. His transformative turn in “Nightcrawler” could prove to be his best to date.
The Theory of Everything (Nov. 7)
With the largely-anticipated “Interstellar” screening last week and stalling a bit, see instead a film that comes out next Friday as well, “The Theory of Everything,” which debuted to almost unanimously positive reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival back in September. Director James Marsh, who rose to prominence with his Oscar-winning documentary “Man on Wire” in 2008, tells the story of the great Stephen Hawking, based on the memoir of his ex-wife Jane Hawking (Felicity Jones). The film leans on crushing performances from Eddie Redmayne (“Les Miserables”), as well as Jones (“Like Crazy”), who will more than likely receive Oscar attention in the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress categories, respectively, for their turns.
Foxcatcher (Nov. 14)
Speaking of Oscar attention, there hasn’t been a film with as much wall-to-wall buzz this year than “Foxcatcher.” Since it debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in May, critics and pundits hailed its bleak, menacing screenplay and praised the career-transforming performances of Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo. With leads like Carell and Tatum, it’d be easy to expect a comedy; it’s anything but. Based on the true story of gold medal-winning brothers Mark (Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Ruffalo), “Foxcatcher” illuminates the grim father-son relationship between Mark and his wrestling coach John DuPont (Carell) as we tailspin further and further to its inevitable close.