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The Imitation Game: a movie review

'The Imitation Game': Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the Allies win WWII. (Credit: The Weinstein Company)Phenomenal in character development but lacking in narrative progression, The Imitation Game recounts the story of Alan Turing and his team's successful attempt to break the Enigma code. Nominated for eight Oscars, this critically acclaimed film stars Benedict Cumberbatch of Sherlock and The Hobbit fame. The Enigma code was the language used by Nazi Germany during the Second World War to send secret messages to troops in order to catch the Allied guard by surprise. However, enigma was more than a code to be broken, it is a central theme of the movie.

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Jupiter Ascending: a movie review

Mila Kunis as down-on-her-luck cleaning woman Jupiter Jones and Channing Tatum as Caine Wise, an interplanetary warrior, standing together with the planet Jupiter in the background from the official theatrical poster for the space opera movie from Warner Brothers  (Credit: Warner Brothers Pictures)Jupiter Ascending is a rather preposterous, yet somehow entertaining, movie built around a winding plot and stunning visual effects. In what follows, I will attempt to give a brief synopsis of that journey (please bear with me).

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American Sniper: a movie review

Bradley Cooper, as US Navy Seal sniper Chris Kyle, in a scene from the new Warner Brothers movie American Sniper based on  the book American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, positioned on a rooftop lines up a shot to take out an insurgent sniper named Mustafa (Credit: Warner Brothers Pictures)American Sniper" opens with U.S. Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, played by Bradley Cooper, watching through the scope of his rifle as a mother hands what looks to be a grenade to her adolescent son before sending him towards an American military convoy on the streets of Iraq. Kyle is faced with the decision of either shooting the young boy or risking the lives of the marines in the convoy. From that point, the action abruptly shifts to a time when Kyle was roughly the same age as the boy at the other end of his scope in the previous scene. He is learning to hunt with his father, a tough minded man who instills the belief in him and his younger brother that their mission in life is to protect those who cannot protect themselves. That philosophy will come to define Kyle throughout the movie and drive him to join the navy SEALs en route to becoming most lethal sniper in U.S. military history with 160 confirmed kills over the course of 4 tours in Iraq.

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