NOW! "THE IMITATION GAME"
BASED ON TRUE EVENTS
Nightly at 7:30, 9:35
ENDS THURSDAY NIGHT
Starts Friday: AMERICAN SNIPER
NOMINATED FOR 8 ACADEMY AWARDS including BEST PICTURE, BEST ACTOR
Excerpts from Rex Reed's ★★★★ review in the New York Observer:
“Another must-see movie this year-end awards season (the other one is The Theory of Everything) is the brilliant encapsulation of one of the greatest stories of our time — the genius, heroism and ultimately shameful destruction of Alan Turing, the British mathematician who built one of the first computers (and) cracked the Nazi “enigma” code during World War II …
“It’s a sad and heartbreaking story that keeps you nailed to the screen for its entire running time… Turing (magnificently played with myriad moods and personality shifts by Benedict Cumberbatch) was a moody, introverted 27-year-old mathematical prodigy at Cambridge, where his impressive work led the government to draft him into heading a group of fellow misfits in a top-secret organization of cryptologists assigned the task of decoding the German strategy communications — a job made doubly impossible because the codes were changed daily to confuse the Allies.”
“This group, to the amazement of the commanding officers, also included one woman, Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley, doing the best work of her career to date), who became Turing’s soul mate for life, urging him to marry her after she learned he was gay, and offering to stand by his side in his struggle with his identity at a time when homosexuality was illegal and subject to terrible punishments. He was just as unpopular with his fellow eggheads as he had been at Cambridge — agnostic, apolitical, withdrawn and obnoxiously arrogant, with a sense of entitlement that infuriated his peers. But Turing managed to decrypt 159 Nazi codes when nobody else could, earning him a grudging respect and more than a little jealous animosity.”
“In a meticulously researched screenplay by Graham Moore, fully fleshed out by Mr. Cumberbatch’s complex portrayal of a controversial character (how many filmmakers could make a movie about a mathematical wizard and keep the audience enthralled?), you get every shadowy triumph and personal failure, experience the war on the London home front, and learn a harrowing footnote to history…”
“Turing had no respect for discipline, following orders or any chain of military command, and he’s not easy to warm up to. Instead of a team player, he worked alone — rejecting all offers of help from his staff, alienating everyone, but the movie that surrounds him is so brilliant you end up following his every eccentricity faithfully.
The title is from a paper he wrote analyzing the differences between men and machines. There are times in the movie when he seems one and the same… It’s a movie with a gripping pace as Turing and his crew race against time in the shadow of Hitler’s bombs. ”
“Intensely powerful, The Imitation Game turns one of the most important stories of the last century into one of the greatest movies of 2014.”
STARTS FRIDAY "American Sniper" Fri.-Sat.-Sun. 1:15, 4:15, 7:20, 9:45; Weeknights 7:20, 9:45
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