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~~~~~~~ Upstairs ~~~~~~~

The Imitation Game

Academy Award Nominee ~
Best Picture, Director, Actor
& Supporting Actress

6:30 & 8:45 each evening
Continues Next Week!
1:30 & 4:00 matinees Sat & Sun

Rated PG-13; 114 minutes


Peter Travers, Rolling Stone (excerpted)

The Imitation Game is a crackling spy thriller and an immersive true story that laces dizzying tension with raw emotion. Benedict Cumberbatch, (Emmy winner for Sherlock), turns on the brainpower again to play Alan Turing, a genius mathematician and social misfit who teamed up with a handful of English cryptanalysts during World War II to crack the Nazis' naval code. That he did, only to see his achievements buried in government secrecy and to end his own life in 1954 after being persecuted for the then-crime of homosexuality. The queen pardoned him posthumously last year.

Norwegian filmmaker Morten Tyldum (Headhunters) directs with masterly assurance, fusing suspense and character to create a movie that vibrates with energy. The film's prime force is Cumberbatch, a great actor whose talent shines here on its highest beams. It's an explosive, emotionally complex performance. Keira Knightley is terrific as Joan Clarke, giving a supporting role major dimensions. It's sharply poignant to watch these two delude themselves into considering marriage.

The action ignites when, after two years of effort, Turing invents his Enigma-busting machine, a proto-computer geared to break a code that the Nazis change every 24 hours. It's been a long time since intellectual sparring created such excitement onscreen. I've heard a few critics dismiss this mind-bender as hopelessly old-hat. Ha! If so, long live retro.

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~~~~~~~ Downstairs ~~~~~~~


Academy Award Nominee ~
Best Director, Actor & Supporting Actor

6:00 & 8:30 each evening
Ends Thursday, January 29

Rated R; 130 minutes


Peter Travers, Rolling Stone (excerpted)

Now in wide release, the hypnotic and haunting Foxcatcher can prove its worth as one of the year's very best films. Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo give the performances of their lives. Director Bennett Miller (Capote, Moneyball) hits a new peak as he takes a scalpel to the privileged worlds of Olympic sports and inherited wealth.

A revelatory Tatum plays Mark Schultz, winner of an Olympic gold medal for wrestling in 1984, but still dwarfed by the shadow of his older brother Dave (Ruffalo in top form). Dave also has the gold, plus a wife (Sienna Miller), two kids and the social graces Mark lacks. Enter John du Pont (Carell), the Pennsylvania blueblood who offers to take in single, shy Mark at his Foxcatcher farm and train him for the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. Du Pont also lives in a shadow, that of his wheelchair-bound mother (Vanessa Redgrave, expressing a lifetime of disapproval with simply a glance).

What happens next is a matter of public record. A family unravels. A murder takes place. But Miller, working from a quietly devastating script by Dan Futterman and E. Max Frye, exposes the diseased underbelly of American exceptionalism. Carell, sporting a fake nose and an elitist whisper, does the same. It's a tricky, triumphant portrayal, a tour de force of slow-burning menace. Carell is perfection. So is Foxcatcher, a unique and unforgettable psychological thriller that knocks the ground out from under you.

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