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The Imitation Game

Stirring, old-fashioned, nicely textured, and triumphantly tragic, The Imitation Game is a rich production that’s disappointing as biography, a film about a human calculator which feels a bit too calculated. There’s an algorithm for making an Oscar-ready prestige picture – and The Imitation Game follows it obsessively. Set your coordinates for the Academy Awards.

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Deliberate, grim, elaborately constructed, and extremely smart, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a dense puzzle of anxiety and paranoia; a humane portrait of people who regularly engage in acts of inhumanity; and an unrepentant un-reboot so old school that it feels subversively new. It’s the intellectual action flick of your dreams.

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Zero Dark Thirty

Precise, meticulous, unsentimental, and electrifying, Zero Dark Thirty is a tough, stark, and superbly conceived procedural docudrama about the longest manhunt in history. It mixes intensity and intellectualism to provoke and disturb, and builds steadily and relentlessly to a potent climax.

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