MAN ON WIRE
2008, Discovery Films, 94 min, USA, Dir: James Marsh

On Aug. 7, 1974, French high-wire artist Philippe Petit captured the attention of the world with a 45-minute performance on a cable strung between the roofs of the World Trade Center’s twin towers. With rare footage of secret preparations for what has been called the “artistic crime of the century,” this Oscar-winning documentary unspools with the tension of a heist film.


THE IMITATION GAME
2014, The Weinstein Company, 113 min, UK, USA, Dir: Morten Tyldum

Behind every code is an enigma, and the mystery man at the center of this one is Alan Turing, the brilliant British mathematician whose work breaking German codes during WWII helped lay the groundwork for modern computers. Benedict Cumberbatch is mesmerizing as Turing, whose service to England was rewarded with a conviction for indecency because of his homosexuality. Keira Knightley costars in this meticulously crafted thriller, which won the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.


BIG EYES
2014, The Weinstein Company, 106 min, USA, Dir: Tim Burton

Director Tim Burton reteams with ED WOOD screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski for an insightful look at another outsider artist. Margaret Keane (Amy Adams) painted portraits of children with huge, doleful eyes that became famous in the 1960s – after her husband Walter (Christoph Waltz) attached his name to the works and mass-marketed them. Jason Schwartzman, Krysten Ritter and Terence Stamp costar in this colorful portrait of a woman not content to stand silently behind her man.


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