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THE IMITATION GAME / CURZON

“It’s the crooked hand of death itself,” observes their commanding officer Alastair Denniston (Charles Dance). One of the team, however, stares at the machine in awe. “It’s beautiful,” he says. His name is Alan Turing.

WINTER SLEEP / CURZON

The tourist off-season has always been a particularly ripe setting for film makers telling stories about anguished protagonists. Nicolas Roeg’s sublime Don’t Look Now (1973) saw Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie stumble around a deserted, echoing Venice, lost in grief, while Jack Nicholson’s plunge into madness in The Shining(1980)

FADING GIGOLO / CURZON

Owing to the chance they provide for swift characterisation, as well as their latent visual or narrative potential, certain professions are overrepresented in cinema. If romantic comedies are to be believed, the world is awash with architects and graphic designers, whilst elsewhere hit men, bakery owners and television news anchors mill around in entirely unrealistic numbers.