Whiplash (R): Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now) is the music academy pupil aspiring to become a drummer and J.K. Simmons is his unforgiving teacher, who will stand for nothing other than perfection. It may sound like The Karate Kid, but this thrilling, exhilarating movie is one of the year’s best. Also, Simmons will land a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination. Bet the farm.
Birdman (R): Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel, Amores Perros) directs Michael Keaton as a fading actor who once played a superhero and is now trying to restart his career with a Broadway play. Although camera trickery was involved, the entire film appears to be filmed in one single, uninterrupted ...
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