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‘The Theory of Everything’
Since he is often referred to as the smartest man alive, Stephen Hawking’s personal life is usually overshadowed by his genius. In this biopic, director James Marsh, who brought us previous films such as Man on Wire, looks to illuminate a part of Hawking’s life that people don’t often consider: the 30-year marriage with his loving wife, Jane.
Eddie Redmayne, who is portraying Hawking, has been receiving advanced praise from critics for his stellar performance.
Director of Moneyball and Capote, Bennett Miller returns with his next film. It is based on the true story of wrestler Mark Schultz (played by Channing Tatum) and his struggle to step out of his brother’s shadow with a strong showing at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
For many, it will be odd to see Steve Carell, who is playing wealthy businessman John du Pont, in a dramatic role. Skeptics of this casting choice should be put at ease by the knowledge that this is not the first time Miller has cast a comedian as a major character. After playing Peter Brand in Moneyball, Jonah Hill was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
‘The Imitation Game’
This film follows the true story of mathematician Alan Turing, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, and his journey to crack the thought-to-be unbreakable Enigma machine, a German encryption device used by the Nazis during World War II. In accepting the challenge, Turing is entrusted with top secret information by the British government, and, as a result, is under constant pressure and surveillance.
It is safe to count on Cumberbatch to portray a genius, with previous roles including Sherlock Holmes, Khan in Star Trek and Julian Assange.