Forget Boyhood, Birdman and Foxcatcher. Actually, don't forget those. They're all really, really good. But Whiplash is the movie we're going to talk about. Whiplash. You're going to want to remember that.

WhiplashMiles Teller is generating buzz for his performance in 'Whiplash'

It stars former teen star Miles Teller as Andrew Neyman, an ambitious young jazz drummer who hungers to become one of the greats. After meeting tutor Terence Fletcher - an instructor known for his revered but terrifying methods - Andrew joins a bad but his passion to achieve perfection spirals into obsession, all under the gaze of his ruthless teacher. 

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Directed by Damien Chazelle - the writer of The Last Exorcism Part II - Whiplash is generating considerable buzz and J.K Simmons, who plays the relentless instructor, is the current favourite to win best supporting actor at the Oscars.

""Whiplash" is true to its title. It throws you around with impunity, yet Chazelle exerts tight, exacting control over his increasingly feverish and often weirdly comic melodrama," said Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune.

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"Damien Chazelle stages S&M drum duels with strafing mastery. And Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons will blow you away. Beat the drums for a Simmons Oscar, and add a cymbal crash for Whiplash. It's electrifying," said Peter Travers of Rolling Stone.

"Directing with a cool, steady hand that renounces shaky-cam the way Fletcher would denounce rock 'n roll, and getting strong performances from his two leads, Chazelle provides a potent metaphor for artistic ambition as both a religion and an addiction," said Richard Corliss of TIME magazine.

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"In a bracing, complex turn that better earn a best supporting actor nomination, Simmons makes a terrifying jazz drill sergeant and one of the year's best villains," said Matt Pais of Redeye.

Whiplash screened at the London Film Festival on Wednesday (October 15, 2014) and gets a full release on January 16, 2015.