This week’s movie releases

This week’s movie releases

FILM: THE IMITATION GAME
CAST: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong
DIRECTOR: Morten Tyldum

During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turin (Benedict Cumberbatch) to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turin himself on charges of “gross indecency”, an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offence of homosexuality – little did officials know, they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing.
Famously leading a motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers, he was credited with cracking the so-called unbreakable codes of Germany’s World War II Enigma machine. An intense and haunting portrayal of a brilliant, complicated man, ‘The Imitation Game’ follows a genius who under nail-biting pressure helped to shorten the war and, in turn, save thousands of lives.

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Ashley-Hinshaw-in-'Pyramid'FILM: PYRAMID
CAST: ASHLEY HINSHAW, DENIS O’HARE, JAMES BUCKLEY, CHRISTA NICOLA, AMIR KAMYAB
Director: GREGORY LEVASSEUR

For Dr. Nora Holden (Ashley Hinshaw) and her father Miles (Denis O’Hare) it might be the most important discovery of their careers. Using NASA satellite imaging technology, they have uncovered the first three-sided Egyptian pyramid buried deep under the desert for over 5000 years.
Followed by documentarian Sunni Marshe (Christa Nicola) and her cameraman Terrence “Fitzie” Fitzsimmons (James Buckley), and with the help of robotics expert Michael Zahir (Amir Kamyab), the team is determined to explore the foreboding structure.

But with political protests raging in nearby Cairo, the security of the expedition can’t be guaranteed and the site’s officials order an immediate evacuation. Desperate to take what might be their last chance to venture inside the pyramid, the team goes in alone. But what they find in the dark will test them all to their breaking point.
Egyptology was a topic that had always fascinated ‘The Pyramid’ producer Scott C. Silver. He even had a dedicated Google Alerts feed set up to monitor news in the surprisingly fast-moving world of archeology. It was late in May 2011 when he first heard about the use of satellite technology to survey Egypt and the subsequent discovery of 17 lost pyramids. “It set my mind racing to come up with the idea for ‘The Pyramid’,” Silver notes.

The use of this technology, he felt, could reveal an unexplored environment on a scale that archeology hadn’t achieved to date. Silver imagined a team of archeologists venturing into the dark and discovering the horrors within.
He brought the idea to his producing partner Chady Eli Mattar. The pair had founded Silvatar Media after graduating from the prestigious American Film Institute Conservatory. “I’m drawn to sociological and psychological drama,” Mattar says, “so I was attracted to Scott’s idea, which included elements of the political upheavals that were going on at the time in Egypt. It added another dimension to the story.”