The Weekend Movie Preview is here to help as this week is an enormous week for Hollywood with five new releases hitting theaters.
The best news is that there is something for everyone, and we think several Oscar nominees will be found amongst this weekend's releases.
We've got the battle of the Roberts, Downey and Duvall, with The Judge, and Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner bringing back the Disney live action family film with Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Then there is a future Oscar nominee in Jeremy Renner in the true story Kill the Messenger and a lock for Best Supporting Actor with J.K. Simmons in Whiplash.
Then, last but not least, Luke Evans gives us the origins story of the Prince of Darkness with Dracula Untold.
Let's break it down...
The Judge: Downey and Duvall rivet as estranged father and son in this family ensemble piece meets courtroom drama.
The two actors put on a clinic, but it's the story that compels about fathers and sons and the unique bond and relationship that they share. And as our The Judge review stated, the ensemble is top notch, from Billy Bob Thornton and Vincent D'Onofrio to Jeremy Strong and Vera Farmiga.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: Carell and Garner are perfectly cast as Disney parents in the long in coming screen version of the classic children's book. The film is the rare family film that everyone in the entire family will find interesting and entertaining.
The kids could not have been better cast as well, especially our title character with Ed Oxenbould totally inhabiting the role. For more, check out our Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day review.
Dracula Untold: Evans could not be a more fantastic and heartbreaking (that's a good thing here!) Dracula as this action flick/classic love story truly shows why the man who was known as Vlad gave it all up and became Dracula -- the man who would live forever and survive on nothing but feasting on human blood.
It's hard to believe that this taut action thriller with heart was helmed by a first time director, but he hits it out of the park. And with Dominic Cooper as our villain, our (anti) hero has a worthy foe. As our Dracula Untold review reported, fans of the Prince of Darkness should be more than pleased with this reboot of the iconic story.
Kill the Messenger: Renner deserves an Oscar nod for his portrayal of real life journalist Gary Webb and his effort to bring the truth to the American people and the world about how the CIA was in the drug business to fund anti-Communism efforts in Central America.
Rosemarie DeWitt also shines as his wife, who bears much of the brunt of the character destruction that goes on with Webb -- not only from the CIA, but also mainstream newspapers who resented that the small town reporter got the scoop. Our Kill the Messenger review delves deeper.
Whiplash: This is our best movie of the year so far. And there is no question in our minds that like last October when we saw Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club and knew he would win Supporting Actor gold, the same is true this October where J.K. Simmons will win in the same category this year.
Miles Teller also shows his mettle by learning the drums to have us totally believe that his character Andrew is one of the best drummers in the world. And to see him and Simmons go at it is explosive to say the least. Our Whiplash review also illustrates why when those final credits roll, you will have Whiplash sitting in your seat at the marvel of moviemaking you just witnessed.