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Great Minds
Kiera Knightley and Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game. Courtesy of the Weinstein Company.

Great Minds

Two biopics examine the weight of genius.

Two biopics out this month suggest that genius is its own burden. The Theory of Everything (November 7) is a portrait of the marriage of Jane (Felicity Jones) and Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne), the physicist who sought to explain the universe even as Lou Gehrig’s disease caged his dynamic mind inside a listless body. The Imitation Game (November 21) deciphers the English mathematician Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), who struggled to crack the Nazi transmitter code—and to overcome the stigma of his homosexuality. Turing won the first battle but ultimately lost the second—he committed suicide in 1954

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