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  • The Prestige

    The Prestige

    ★★★★

    Solid historical dramatic thriller about rival magicians who sacrifice their humanity in a deadly game of cat and mouse where they sabotage each other's acts leading up to the main event. The somewhat twisty predictable story balances well with the solid performances. Jackman and Bale slip into their roles like a glove, and an understated performance from the late, great David Bowie as Nikola Tesla in a contributing role make this a great watch.

  • The Imitation Game

    The Imitation Game

    ★★★★

    Solid dramatic historical thriller about a group of codebreakers led by Alan Turing, genius mathematician who is a closeted homosexual. The film balances three interconnected narratives within Turing's tortured life quite well, and Benedict Cumberbatch slips into the role perfectly, with great chemistry with Keira Knightley's Joan character. Turing's genius is balanced with social awkwardness and the tragedy of the previous generations view on homosexuality as an illegal act.

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  • Saving Private Ryan

    Saving Private Ryan

    ★★★★★

    Epic war drama with an all star cast led by the great Tom Hanks does not disappoint. It's known by now that the film opens with some of the most realistic war violence likely ever captured on screen and while it is tough to watch, it is necessary to show the sacrifice the brave soldiers made in WWII. Spielberg's direction also shows just what a master he is and Janusz Kaminski's cinematography in its saturated look captures the feel of the war entirely. The 3 hour running time will pass by quickly. An exceptional masterpiece and classic.