Picks of the f licks
What will you be watching at the movies this summer? LEIGH PAATSCH has the lowdown on what’s on the big screen in coming months
THE IMITATION GAME
Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Mark Strong
They say: English mathematician and logician Alan Turing helps crack the Enigma code during World War II.
We say: This prestige British biopic has had serious Oscar action scrawled all over it for several months. Primed to be the biggest math- driven movie since A Beautiful Mind.
Close up: Cumberbatch has freely admitted his attachment to the role of Turing – who experienced serious personal persecution from his own government after the war – pushed the actor to the brink of a breakdown.
Wide shot: Producers will be hoping you haven’t seen the 2001 drama
Enigma, which tells much of the same story with a few names changed here and there.
Stars: Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts
They say: A washed- up actor who once played an iconic movie superhero must overcome his ego and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory.
We say: The casting of Keaton – whose own career crashed and burned after he became the original big- screen Batman – is nothing short of perfect. He’s a shoe- in for an Oscars nom, as is the movie itself.
Close up: Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ( Babel) originally intended to shoot the fi lm in one single take. Though talked out of it, Inarritu still demanded marathon takes from his entire cast.
Wide shot: The fi lm was shot almost entirely on the one location, in and around the iconic St James Theatre on the Broadway strip.
Stars: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruff alo
They say: Elite wrestler Mark Schultz ( Tatum) forms a strange relationship with his new sponsor, millionaire John du Pont ( Carell), as he trains for the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul.
We say: Another sports fi lm with a deeper, darker diff erence from Bennett Miller, the brains behind the superb Moneyball? Yes, please.
Close up: Stay off Wikipedia and the internet in general in the run- up to the release of Foxcatcher, as there are shock twists and turns to this true story that are best experienced “cold”.
Wide shot: The unsettling performance ( and altered appearance) of Carell in the lead role will defi nitely wrong- foot the fanbase of the easy- going funnyman.
ALSO OPENING IN JANUARY
Penguins of Madagascar ( Now showing): Those fl appy, yappy, un- quiet achievers of the Madagascar franchise fi nally get their own movie. Sure to be a monster all- ages hit, as everyone loves ’ em.
Into the Woods ( Jan 8): Meryl Streep is a mad old witch conspiring revenge against every major fairytale character she can think of. Based on a hit musical. Could go either way, this one. Co- stars Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt.