The Imitation Game

‘The Imitation Game’ Is a Movie About a Unique Genius, That is Anything But Unique

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by Matt Singer a day ago
The Weinstein Company
World War II involved more than two dozen countries spread across six continents and tens of millions of soldiers. But according to ‘The Imitation Game’ the entire conflict hinged on the actions of half a dozen crossword puzzle enthusiasts in a couple of huts in the South of England. It was there that a team of cryptographers created a revolutionary machine that could decode Nazi messages and turned the tide of the war for the Allies. Their leader was Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), a mathematician who was rude, disrespectful, and socially awkward in the extreme—and also one of the most brilliant minds of the 20th century. ‘The Imitation Game’ considers his life: His great achievements, his most-closely hidden secrets, and the ways in which the latter may have helped inspire the former.

Matthew Goode on ‘The Imitation Game’ and Benedict Cumberbatch No Longer Complaining About His Career

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by Mike Ryan a day ago
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Matthew Goode has a way of being the best thing in a lot of movies, even without a lot of starring roles. In ‘The Imitation Game,’ he is surrounded by talented actors (and actors getting Oscar buzz), yet, still, Goode is a standout as the rival and sometimes friend of Alan Turing —the man who helped break the Nazi code and was then punished by his own government for being gay, which eventually led to Turing’s suicide. Ahead, in an extended interview (we had enough time that even ‘Chasing Liberty’ was brought up for reasons I can’t 100 percent defend), Goode discusses his what-should-be-awards-buzzing performance and why he can’t be in as many movies as we’d maybe like him to be.

Trophy Talk, With Chris and Mike

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by Mike Ryan September 18, 2014 01:11 PM
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People love watching famous people accept trophies. So, every so often, The Huffington Post's Chris Rosen and ScreenCrush's Mike Ryan will speculate about these trophies and which famous person might win one. It will be fun. Let's talk some trophies!

'The Imitation Game' Director on Why He Didn't Cast a Gay Actor: "Sexuality Is Completely Irrelevant"

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by Nick Romano September 10, 2014 09:23 AM
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In case you weren't aware, perhaps because of all the war and code-cracking action at play in the trailers, the lead character in the TIFF 2014 standout and early awards hopeful 'The Imitation Game' is gay. I know, it's nothing like we've seen in the...

'The Imitation Game' & 'The Theory of Everything' At TIFF, Two Sides Of The Same Tragic Coin

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by Mike Ryan September 09, 2014 05:28 PM
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This is why awards season is stupid. (Full disclosure: I kind of like awards season sometimes, but it is stupid.) We can’t live in a world in which the media can see ‘The Theory of Everything’ or ‘The Imitation Game’ and just say, “That was a good movie,” then move on with our lives. No, it will be the battle for Best Actor between Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking and Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing.

TIFF 2014 Preview: The Movies Everyone is Looking Forward To at the Festival

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by Mike Ryan September 03, 2014 09:14 AM
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On Thursday, the Toronto International Film Festival kicks off and this marks (along with Venice Film Festival and the Telluride Film Festival) that, yes, Oscar season just fired its starting gun. I will be headed to Toronto to cover the festival for ScreenCrush and, well, it's a little overwhelming. There are a lot of good movies! There's Benedict Cumberbatch playing WWII code breaker Alan Turing in 'The Imitation Game'; and Jake Gyllenhaal as a sleazy freelance photographer in 'Nightcrawler,' and Jon Stweart's directorial debut, 'Rosewater'; and the Cannes darling, 'Foxcatcher,' starring Channing Tatum, Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo. And two -- count 'em -- TWO Adam Sandler movies that just might signal his long-awaited return to, let's say, well reviewed films with 'The Cobbler' and Jason Reitman's 'Men, Women & Children.' Anyway, I can't decide on my own, so we enlisted the help of a slew of respected film journalists who are also headed to TIFF and asked them what it is they are all looking forward to seeing.

2014 Toronto International Film Festival Lineup Includes 'The Equalizer,' 'Foxcather' and More

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by Jacob Hall July 22, 2014 11:05 AM
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The Toronto International Film Festival is considered by many critics and movie fans to be the best in the world, and the list of titles announced for this year's fest is compelling evidence that this is true. In addition to the star-studded gala premieres, the festival is hosting all kinds of fascinating films that you're going to want to keep an eye on.

'The Imitation Game' Trailer: Benedict Cumberbatch Cracks the Code

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by Nick Romano July 21, 2014 10:30 AM
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Technology is the star in the first 'Imitation Game' trailer, which previews Benedict Cumberbatch's upcoming turn as Alan Turing, the historic mathematician who cracked the German's Enigma code during WWII. Could this be Cumberbatch's chance for an Oscar? Granted it's early for speculation, but he is the perfect choice to play such a part.

Benedict Cumberbatch to Play Alan Turing in 'The Imitation Game'

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by Jacob Hall February 02, 2013 09:29 AM
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When we last heard about 'The Imitation Game,' Leonardo DiCaprio was dropping out of it. However, a role as juicy as that of Alan Turing wasn't going to go unoccupied for long and it looks like 'Sherlock' star and 'Star Trek Into Darkness' villain Benedict Cumberbatch may be stepping in.