The Imitation Game with Benedict Cumberbatch as the quirky British war hero Alan Turing is a fascinating film, it strives to be somewhat autobiographical in nature, while it gives a truncated version of Turing’s contribution to the mastering of the Nazi code machine Enigma. The movie also tells of the horrid injustice done to the man who could be called the father of the modern day computer. Alan was a homosexual at a time when it was against the law in England and after the war the man was prosecuted under the Draconian laws of that time and rather than go to prison, Turing opted for chemical castration, aka hormonal treatment. Two years after his conviction the 41 year old secret war hero was found dead from cyanide poisoning.
For those who are ready to push away from a groaning Thanksgiving table, having eaten their fill and given thanks, there are four new films to choose from for families to watch at the cinema. Comedy rules the turkey day weekend with two very funny offerings. Out of the comedic films, one is for kids, big and little, and the other is of the more grown up variety; lastly there is one of the best romance stories of modern times and a historical drama that will make one think.
The news that Keira Knightley posed topless coming out on the same day that the actress’s latest film Laggies premiered could make it seem that there is a connection here that does not have anything to do with feminism, her self image, or the issue of Photoshopping. The timing, to the more cynical, is certainly suspect and what better way to garner attention, especially if the topless torso belongs to an actress who is gorgeous more often than not. While the evidence does lead one to believe that this was just done to put Knightley’s image in the forefront in a bid to publicize the film, the truth appears to be just the opposite.