Eddie Redmayne plays Stephen Hawking with remarkable perception and accuracy; not only perfecting those well known mannerisms and ticks but capturing his subject's idiosyncratic charm and easy half-smile with a powerful screen presence that opens multiple possibilities.
The most important documentary exposé since 'Taxi to the Dark Side', it brings a sober clarity to a scandal that governments had kept under wraps, absurdly hiding behind 9/11 intelligence activities and bestowing a traitor status on a whistleblower for spilling the beans on a new kind of tyranny for the digital age.
Lively direction and superb performances paper over the cracks in Morten Tyldum's engaging account of Alan Turing cracking the Nazi's Enigma code and suffering an appalling legitimised persecution after the war.
Celluloid Dreams have boarded international sales on Jafar Panahi’s Berlin competition title, 'Taxi', being his third feature in defiance of his twenty year filmmaking ban for supporting the Green Wave uprising.
Clint Eastwood's controversial 'American Sniper' went from strength to strength at the North American box office with the highest ever January weekend holdover and an extraordinary $17,444 per theatre average.