Jake Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom in Dan Gilroy's film about a driven young man desperate for work and discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Lou enters the cut-throat world of nightcrawling and blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.
Superb looking, sharp and satirical, this has been garnering a number of strong reviews and is a film to watch out for this week.
Here's the first of this week's Halloween offerings. Let's get on board (get it!) for Ouija and indeed a group of friends do just that and awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board. How droll!
It's one for the kiddies really and I'll leave it up to you whether this is a board more horrific than the average game of Cluedo.
The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman (15)
Out in 2013 Stateside as Charlie Countryman, this film now arrives in the UK with added necessary death! When his late mother appears in a vision and tells him to go to Bucharest, Charlie (Shia LaBoeuf) immediately boards a plane across the Atlantic. On board he meets a fellow passenger and finds himself embroiled in a tale of the Romanian underworld.
Reviews for this film haven't been great but folks have praised LaBeouf for throwing everything at his role and Mads Mikkelsen as a terrifying villain.
The second horror film this week is more a horror mystery starring Daniel Radcliffe as lg Perrish, who is a number one suspect for the violent rape and murder of his girlfriend, Merrin (Juno Temple). He awakens one morning to find horns starting to grow from his own head - their power drives people to confess their sins and give in to their impulses – an effective tool to discover the circumstances of his late girlfriend's death and exact revenge on her killer.
Reviews are mixed and unconvinced as to whether the film's ambitions live up to Joe Hill's (Stephen King's son) novel.
As is customary, be sure to also watch out for various Halloween offerings this week ranging from Shock & Gore's showing of the original genius of Hideo Nakata's Ring to a customary screening of The Exorcist at the Electric through to another chance to see Daniel Radcliffe in the Hammer film The Woman in Black at Cineworld. Plus there's an pop for kids to see The Nightmare Before Christmas at the mac on Saturday morning.
So whatever your cinema choices this week, keep it spooky and be sure to send any comments to me at @timmy666!