BLACK MASS
2015, Warner Bros., 122 min, USA, Dir: Scott Cooper

For more than two decades, James “Whitey” Bulger ruled the mean streets of South Boston with brutality and virtual impunity before vanishing in 1994; he successfully eluded capture until his 2011 arrest in Santa Monica. In one of the best performances of his career, Johnny Depp effectively vanishes into this slippery character, whose skill at playing opposite sides against one another put an FBI agent (Joel Edgerton) in his pocket. With Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson and Kevin Bacon. “Cooper bathes the film in a look that feels unfailingly true to the period without ever verging on kitsch; it’s a movie that isn’t just taking place in the late ’70s and early ’80s but seems to have been made then.” – Scott Foundas, Variety.


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.


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