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Watch Another Trailer for Alan Turing Biopic ‘The Imitation Game’ with Benedict Cumberbatch

The highly anticipated biopic The Imitation Game – starring Benedict Cumberbatch as codebreaking genius Alan Turing – is set to open the London Film Festival with a gala screening this week. In honor of the film’s debut in England, a brand new trailer has been released, which focuses a bit more on the man behind the intellect that helped crack the Nazis’s Enigma code.

Two trailers for the film have already been released, both of which focus on the groundbreaking work done by Turing and his team at Bletchley Park. This newest clip focuses the team of mathematicians assembled to crack the most difficult code the world had ever seen  and the machine that Turing created – considered the earliest computer – to help them do it. The trailer also highlights the growing stress Turing was under to crack Enigma as quickly as possible – as well as to keep the secrets of his personal life from those around him.

Cumberbatch is joined by an all-star supporting cast featuring Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Allen Leech, Charles Dance and more. And, quite frankly, it looks outstanding. 

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Need a Pick Me Up? Try These Inspiring British Feel-Good, Underdog Films

For all their famous cynicism, the British are extremely adept at making feel-good movies. You know, the ones where a longshot protagonist is inspired to go up against the Establishment, the more acclaimed competitor or his or her own physical or societal limitations? Think Billy Elliot or The Full Monty and you know exactly the kind of story I’m talking about.

Two such films are coming out in limited release the weekend of October 10th. One Chance starring James Corden dramatizes the real life struggles and triumphs of unlikely Britain’s Got Talent winner and opera singer, Paul Potts. The film has a superb supporting cast which includes Julie Walters, Colm Meaney and Mackenzie Crook.

The other film coming out (pardon the pun) is Pride, the true story of a group of gay activists who set out to support a Welsh community at the height of the Thatcher years mining strikes. Boasting a stellar cast headed up by Bill Nighy, Paddy Considine, Imelda Staunton and Dominic West, this film is destined to join the canon of fun, yet inspiring, British underdog films.

However if you’re like me and don’t live in New York, Los Angeles or Chicago where limited release films are often shown, or getting to your regional art house theater is a logistical nightmare, we sometimes just have to be patient and wait for these little gems to make it to DVD or streaming services. I reckon many of us are in that boat so I’ve compiled a small collection of humorous, heart-warming films you may not have heard of that can be watched on-line as we speak. My hope is that this list might hold you over for a little while, at least.

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Alan Turing Biopic ‘The Imitation Game’ Wins Audience Award at TIFF

The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival wrapped up over the weekend, after having premiered many highly anticipated films, hosted countless press interviews and red carpets, and handed out several high profile trophies, in a prelude to the true awards season frenzy later this year.

One of the big winners to emerge from Toronto? A very British film about a very British hero, featuring a very British cast. Highly anticipated biopic The Imitation Game, which tells the story of British codebreaker, genius and hero Alan Turing, with the festival's prestigious Grolsch People's Choice Award for 2014. This honor is bestowed by festival audience members, who vote by dropping a ticket into a ballot box after the screening has concluded, to indicate that they liked a film. Apparently they liked Imitation Game quite a bit. 

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WATCH: Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything' Trailer

Biopics about incredible British men – and starring incredible British men – seems to be quiet a theme at the movies in 2014. Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is earning early raves for his portrayal of Alan Turing in The Imitation Game and now fellow dreamy Brit Eddie Redmayne (whom you may know from Les Miserables and Birdsong) is also generating quite a bit of buzz in a role Cumberbatch previously played. (Because, you know, of course he did).

Redmayne is playing the great British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking in a new film entitled The Theory of Everything. The drama explores the complex relationship between Hawking and his first wife Jane, and chronicles his diagnosis and subsequent battle with motor neurone disease beginning at the age of 21. (Motor neurone disease, in case you weren’t aware of this, is known as ALS in America, and was the impetus behind that Ice Bucket Challenge that took over your Facebook feed this summer.)  The film follows his career as a groundbreaking theoretician and the many discoveries he made as his body deteriorated. 

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Back to School: The Memorable Teachers of British Film

As students everywhere return to the classroom, it seems only proper to examine the world of British academia. Last year I highlighted some humorously deficient sitcom teachers. This time around I thought I’d focus on the more serious educators, those erudite and inspirational mentors that light the fires of scholarship.

So if all the recent back to school activity has made you nostalgic for the noble pursuit of knowledge, you might want to take a look at these big screen professors and instructors. And if so inclined, you can find any of these films on Netflix DVD or Amazon Instant Video streaming.

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The Trailer for ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ is Here

The sequel to heartwarming British film – and surprise box office hit – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has been highly anticipated since production was confirmed last Fall, and now fans everywhere can rejoice, because a trailer is finally here!

Creatively titled The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the film will continue to follow the story of a group of British retirees making a home for themselves in a second-rate Indian retirement hotel. The main cast from the original – comprised  of such British acting royalty as Dame Judi Dench, Dame Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Celia Imrie and more – are all back for the sequel, which will take place eight months later, as ambitious hotel owner-manager Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel) attempts to open a second business.

The gang of Marigold Hotel regulars will be joined by several new faces, including characters played by Richard Gere, David Straithairn and Tamsin Greig

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Get Your First Look at ‘Downton Abbey’s’ Dan Stevens in ‘Night at the Museum 3’

Here’s the deal: We’re all never going to get over Matthew Crawley on Downton Abbey. It’s just not happening. We’re going to miss Dan Stevens around the Highclere Castle grounds forever, no matter how much we end up enjoying Lord Tony or Evelyn Napier whoever else shows up next season. So, it’s totally okay that we’re all obsessively tracking his post-Downton career with a zeal we don’t even dedicate to keeping apprised of the lives of actual family members. It’s fine.

Luckily, Stevens has been doing his best to keep busy since departing the 1920s. He’s made several movies over the past year and a half, playing everything from a swoony romantic lead (again), to a troubled drug dealer (yikes) to what appears to be a complete psychopath (oh dear). Happily, his role in franchise sequel Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb looks though it’s going to be a bit more as familiar.

Steven joins the third installment of the family-friendly franchise, starring Ben Stiller and Robin Williams, that follows the story of a nighttime security guard who discovers that all the exhibits in the museum come to life after the building shuts down, with the help of a magical Egyptian tablet. (It’s cute, just go with it.) Secret of the Tomb finds our heroes headed to London to solve a mystery at the British Museum and meeting a bunch of new museum figures who are secretly alive.

Stevens plays Lancelot – yes that Lancelot – and as you can see from the trailer below, looks rather perfect for the part, even if he is sporting some rather deplorable facial hair. 

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Five Reasons You Should See 'Cuban Fury'

If you’re anything like me many of the British films you hear about and are excited to see never come to your local cinema. My nearest art house theater is about an hour away so I often find myself forgoing that trek and waiting for the DVD release instead. One example of such a motion picture is Cuban Fury which I finally got to watch via digital download.

This film tells the story of Bruce Garrett (Nick Frost) who, as a young man, was a salsa dancing phenom.  However, after a vicious beating by some bullies, Bruce retired his sequins and quit the competitive dance circuit.

Flash forward to present day and we find that Bruce works for an industrial equipment company and lives a joyless, lonely existence. His sister and former dance partner, Samantha (Olivia Colman) and his golf buddy, Gary (Rory Kinnear) are his only support system. Then one day Bruce’s new boss Julia (Rashida Jones) arrives from America and his cautious life is changed forever.

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Watch: The First Trailer for ‘The Hobbit’ Trilogy’s Epic Conclusion

Hi guys! I’m home from Comic Con – exhausted, sore, seriously jetlagged and super happy. I had a great con. More on that later, but first I have to catch up on the apparently millions of things I did not read or watch over the last week. Bear with me!

One of the (many, many) fantastic bonuses to come out of San Diego Comic Con International is a positive explosion of new trailers for things. Having a captive audience, so to speak, the biggest studios and networks in the world want to make as big of a splash with as many properties as possible.

Thus, it’s no surprise that Warner Brothers rolled out the red carpet for the final appearance of The Hobbit – and likely the final Comic Con for fanboy god Peter Jackson for a very long time (if ever). The director has filmed six Tolkien-based movies over the past fourteen years, and unless he somehow manages to wrest the rights to The Silmarillion away from the author’s estate (unlikely), we’re approaching a true end of an era.

The studio hosted a star-studded panel on Saturday morning in the convention center’s Hall H, featuring stars Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom, Elijah Wood, Evangeline Lilly and more, and dropped the first trailer for the trilogy’s highly anticipated final installment, subtitled The Battle of the Five Armies.

Spoiler alert: If you are at all in any way a fan of Jackson’s vision of Middle Earth, get your tissues ready now. Just trust me.

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Get Your First (Two) Look(s) at Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley in ‘The Imitation Game’

World War II biopic The Imitation Game – which tells the story of British codebreaker, genius and general hero Alan Turing - has been a buzzy project for months now, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the release of the film’s first trailer has been met with rapturous reviews.

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch – well known for his ability to portray complicated genius types like Stephen Hawking, Vincent Van Gogh and Julian Assange – plays Turing, joined by an all-star cast comprised of British acting heavyweights, including the Oscar-nominated Keira Knightley, Game of Thrones’ Charles Dance, Downton Abbey’s Allen Leech, Mark Strong, Rory Kinnear, Matthew Goode, Matthew Beard and more. 

Learn  - and watch both (fantastic) new trailers – below. 

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