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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.

2014, Focus Features, 123 min, USA, Dir: James Marsh

Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) and Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones) met while students at the University of Cambridge shortly before Hawking was given a devastating diagnosis of motor neurone disease. Based on Jane’s 2008 memoir, this affecting biopic charts their 25-year marriage, as Stephen’s health problems mount along with his fame as one of the world’s leading theoretical physicists. Both Redmayne and Jones are extraordinary here, and they receive strong support from Charlie Cox, Emily Watson and David Thewlis.

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