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Top Five Films to See this January

Winter is a great time to go and see a movie. What better way to spend those long and cold nights than with a couple of friends at the theater?

Now that winter is here I’ll give you my top five up-coming films to see this January.

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“The Imitation Game”

Based on actual events, “The Imitation Game” follows the life of mathematician Alan Turing, who helped crack the German bombing code in World War II. Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley are reason enough to see this film, but it is director Morten Tyldum that piques my interest. With past thrillers “Fallen Angels” (2008) and “Headhunters” (2011), Tyldum has proved proficient with the thriller genre, and may be at the top of his game with “The Imitation Game.”

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“Foxcatcher”

“Foxcatcher” focuses on Team Foxcatcher, a wrestling group owned by millionaire John E. du Pont, and the team’s training for the 1988 Olympic games in Seoul. Both Steve Carell and Channing Tatum deliver performances that demonstrate their flexibility as actors.  Fantastic visuals and a compelling script make “Foxcatcher” one to see.

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“A Most Violent Year”

Set in New York in 1981, “A Most Violent Year” explores an immigrant’s ambitious battle to protect his business. After starring in the Coen brother’s “Inside Llewyn Davis” (2013), Oscar Isaac has been an actor to watch, and judging from the trailer “A Most Violent Year” may be his most dynamic performance yet.

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“Two Days, One Night”

Receiving high praise at both the Cannes and Sydney film festivals, “Two Days, One Night” is a Belgian film about Sandra, a woman trying to convince sixteen co-workers to let her keep her job after it is discovered that Sandra’s position is unnecessary. Critics have proclaimed “Two Days, One Night” as one of Marion Cotillard best performances to date, so if you get the chance don’t miss this film.

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“Leviathan”

“Leviathan” is the newest film from director Andrey Zvyagintsev, and explores the corrupt Russia of today. Boasting stunning cinematography and a poignant message about humanity’s struggle for justice, “Leviathan” is a must see.

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