Flick Picks 4/3/2015: The Imitation Game, Interstellar, Wild

Some major DVD releases this week, highlighted by three very different stories.  


Based on the life and World War II work of Alan Turing, The Imitation Game is the story of the English contribution to the breaking of the seemingly unbreakable Nazi Enigma Code.  This period drama is highlighted by the performance of Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing, a hero of the English war effort who was unjustly persecuted in the decade following his life-saving work.  We have several copies of the regular DVD version of the film, as well as one on Blu-ray.     

The Imitation Game is hardly the first film or series that deals with the English attempt to break the Enigma Code and its aftermath.  Another interesting take on the story was provided by the 2013 British series, The Bletchley Circle.  The Bletchley Circle focuses on a group of female code breakers relegated to more traditional female roles after the war, who reunite to catch a serial killer in the 1950's.  The Bletchley Circle is available in our series collection.


Director Christopher Nolan does not lack for ambition.  After his sprawling Batman trilogy (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises), not to mention the mind-bending Inception, Nolan has gone, well...interstellar with his latest sci-fi extravaganza.  Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine star in the film about a crew of astronauts who travel through a wormhole in search of a new home for humanity.  Interstellar is available in regular DVD and Blu-ray


Based on Cheryl Strayed's memoir, Wild Stars Reese Witherspoon as woman who decides to hike entirety of the Pacific Crest Trail to turn her life around after divorce, the death of her mother and years of self-destructive behavior. 

Also new this week:  Hugh Grant heads an appealing cast, starring as a struggling screenwriter in The Rewrite. 


 The ever-delightful Julis Louis-Dreyfus stars in the third season of  Veep,  

Nerd alert!  Season one of the HBO series Silicon Valley has arrived.  


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