Movies in McConomy

The Imitation Game
Friday, April 10 & Saturday April 11, 10 p.m.
Sunday April 12, 8 p.m.

Everyone’s favorite posh British actor Benedict Cumberbatch stars in this biopic epic. The Imitation Game follows “father of computer science” Alan Turing’s quest to break “Enigma,” a secret Nazi code that existed during the Second World War. Breaking the code allowed the British army to save many innocent lives and win the war much more quickly. Keira Knightley co-stars as a female member of Turing’s team and a complicated love interest. If you are not a fan of Keira Knightley, her performance here probably won’t win you over, even though it earned her a nomination for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In his Oscar-nominated portrayal of Alan Turing, Cumberbatch brings a sensitivity and vulnerability to Turing that audiences have not seen in the characters of Sherlock Holmes or Khan, the roles that launched him to fame. Punctuated with humor and sadness, the movie also follows the tragic life of Turing post-World War II, where he is punished by authorities for his homosexuality. Not only is Turing’s tale impressive and important, but for an audience of computer science-focused individuals, the movie also shows — albeit kind of vaguely — the construction of an early computer, christened Christopher.