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Trailer: The Imitation Game

27 July 2014 6:42 AM, PDT

Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing is to open this year's London Film Festival

The Imitation Game is a nail-biting race against time following Alan Turing (pioneer of modern-day computing and credited with cracking the German Enigma code) and his brilliant team at Britain’s top-secret code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II. Turing, whose contributions and genius significantly shortened the war, saving thousands of lives, was the eventual victim of an unenlightened British establishment, but his work and legacy live on.

The Imitation Game stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness, TV’s Sherlock) as Alan Turing and Keira Knightley (Atonement) as close friend and fellow code-breaker Joan Clarke, alongside a top notch cast including Matthew Goode (A Single Man), Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Charles Dance (Gosford Park, TV’s Game of Thrones), Allen Leech (In Fear, TV’s Downton Abbey »

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Trailer: Magic in the Moonlight

27 July 2014 6:26 AM, PDT

A Woody Allen comedy about a master magician trying to expose a psychic medium as a fake.

Set in the 1920s on the opulent Riviera in the south of France, Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight is a romantic comedy about a master magician (Colin Firth) trying to expose a psychic medium (Emma Stone) as a fake.

Chinese conjuror Wei Ling Soo is the most celebrated magician of his age, but few know that he is the stage persona of Stanley Crawford (Firth), a grouchy and arrogant Englishman with a sky-high opinion of himself and an aversion to phony spiritualists’ claims that they can perform real magic. »

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The Evolution of the Species

23 July 2014 8:31 AM, PDT

An Evening with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, directed by Matt Reeves

The evolution of the evolution of the apes in Planet of the Apes has been miraculous.  Archeologists refer to this sort of sudden spurt of advancement as punctuated equilibrium, and lately, since the newest reload, we’ve seen what is a virtual Cambrian Explosion of special effects in film.  Back in the murk of the Paleolithic epoch, circa 1968, the make-up artist John Chambers won an Academy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Make-up for the original film (Franklin J. »

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