THE IMPOSSIBLE
LO IMPOSIBLE
2012, Lionsgate, 114 min, Spain/USA, Dir: J.A. Bayona

Just after Christmas in 2004, a tsunami swept across the Indian Ocean killing more than 200,000 people; this riveting drama brings a personal focus to one of the deadliest natural disasters in history. Henry (Ewan McGregor) and Maria Bennett (Naomi Watts, in an Oscar-nominated performance) are vacationing in Thailand with their three kids when the tidal wave separates them; as oldest son Lucas (Tom Holland in a terrific debut) struggles to get his severely injured mother to a hospital, Henry scours the devastated area in a desperate search for them.


A MONSTER CALLS
2016, Focus Features, 108 min, USA/Spain, Dir: J.A. Bayona

At the center of this visually spectacular drama from director J.A. Bayona (THE IMPOSSIBLE) is 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall). With a terminally ill mother (Felicity Jones), a less-than-sympathetic grandmother (Sigourney Weaver) and bullying classmates, it seems the world has turned against the boy. But Conor finds an unlikely ally when an ancient Monster (voiced by Liam Neeson) appears at his bedroom window to guide him on a journey of courage, faith and truth. “A sensitive and beautifully made lesson in the limits and power of storytelling.” - John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter.


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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