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TRUE STORIES, WEIRD STORIES

For Hicksflicks.com, Oct. 31, 2014

This week's stars are Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Michael Keaton and Jake Gyllenhaal, each in a new film that opens today all over the valley

"The Good Lie" (PG-13) stars Reese Witherspoon as an American woman who helps four young Sudanese refugees — the "Lost Boys" of Sudan — assimilate to the United States after they relocate. Based on a true story. Cory Stoll co-stars.

"Before I Go to Sleep" (R). Nicole Kidman stars in this thriller as a woman who survived an auto accident 10 years earlier but is unable to remember anything from one day to the next. Later she learns that what she actually survived was a brutal assault. Looks like a mash-up of Christopher Nolan's "Memento" and Alfred Hitchcock's "Suspicion." Colin Firth co-stars.

"Birdman" (R) is a dark, existential satire of show business, focusing on a former Hollywood star, famous for his superhero character Birdman (Michael Keaton), who is directing himself in a Broadway-bound play to rekindle his acting career. Co-stars include Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Amy Ryan and Zach Galifianakis.

"Nightcrawler" (R) stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a video journalist working for local TV in Los Angeles who chases ambulances and police cars in the middle of the night to capture gruesome crime footage, delving deeper and going further until it overtakes his life. Rene Russo and Bill Paxton co-star.

"Art and Craft" (R) is a documentary about an art forger who carefully crafted phony works of art, put them into frames he purchased at Walmart and then "donated" them to 40-plus museums around the country over the course of 30 years as a sort of pseudo-philanthropist.

"Saw: 10th Anniversary" (R) is just what you think it is, a 10th anniversary re-release of the grotesque horror film that led to six sequels and marked a shift in the genre toward torture-porn. Believe it or not, this first entry stars mainstream actors Cary Elwes, Danny Glover and Monica Potter.