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

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NOW SHOW­ING

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.

JAN­UARY 15

BIRD­MAN

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.

JAN­UARY 29

FOX­CATCHER

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.

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