Sick of Superheroes and Spies? 7 Oscar Contenders to See in Theaters Now

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Directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now), Jesse Eisenberg portrays Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky as he goes on a five-day interview with the enigmatic writer David Foster Wallace, 12 years before the influential writer’s suicide at age 46. Watch for Jason Segel’s “heartbreaking” portrayal of Wallace. Crystal Moselle’s stirring documentary introduces a gang of siblings who have been raised in near-complete isolation in downtown Manhattan, as their father was distrustful of the outside world and kept his family under lock and key. Oscar-nominated producer Bill Pohlad (The Tree of Life) makes his directorial debut with the pop biopic zooming in on Brian Wilson, whose mental illness was a storm gathering on the Beach Boys’ horizon and years later, as he tried to break away from a doctor who was using that illness to control his life.

 

 

  • Antoine Fuqua helms the sports drama about a boxing champ who loses it all and has to fight his way back to keep custody of his daughter.
  • It goes into the mind of an 11-year-old girl named Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) as she moves across the country with her family — and her emotions: Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling).
  • Watch for a notable performance by Jake Gyllanhaal, who transformed from his extremely thin figure in Nightcrawler to become unrecognizable as the tattooed, beefed-up athlete.

 

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