In 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. Turing went on to assist with the development of computers at the University of Manchester after the war, but was prosecuted by the UK government in 1952 for homosexual acts which the country deemed illegal.
12 YEARS A SLAVE is based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup [Chiwetel Ejiofor], a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty — personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender — as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist [Brad Pitt] forever alters his life.