The phrase “based on a true story” can mean anything from “slavishly accurate” to “vaguely based on a real thing that might have happened” — and most movies using the tagline fall somewhere in the middle. On his website Information Is Beautiful (via Collider), McCandless does a scene-by-scene breakdown of 14 recent, notable “true story” films, citing where they stick to the truth and where they deviate. Color-coded graphs show at a glance which films got it mostly right (Spotlight, Selma, The Big Short) and which played fast and loose with the facts (The Imitation Game, Dallas Buyers Club, American Sniper).
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Benedict Cumberbatch is getting plenty of kudos for his portrayal of genius mathematician Alan Turing in the new drama The Imitation Game. But any award he might eventually receive will come with a huge assist from a 19-year-old novice screen actor named Alex Lawther. Director Morten Tyldum’s biopic —in theaters now — hops between different eras of Turing’s life: Cumberbatch plays the idiosyncratic adult Turing, an emotionally troubled gay man who broke the Nazi’s Enigma code and helped the Allies win World War II. Lawther, meanwhile, portrays the awkward and bullied teenaged Turing. “We were actually quite keen for me to not imitate Benedict, because it was Alan that we were playing, not each other," Lawther, who began his career on stage at the age of 16, told Yahoo Movies last week.
Benedict Cumberbatch, Timothy Spall, and Julianne Moore surge to the head of the pack, while Bill Murray, Channing Tatum, and Felicity Jones lose steam
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This handsome biopics tells the fascinating (and tragic) story of code-breaking genius Alan Turing
It’s only September and three British actors – Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne and Timothy Spall – are already dominating the Best Actor race. Biopics have always been one of Oscar’s favorite genres: Consider A Beautiful Mind, Lincoln, 12 Years a Slave, Dallas Buyers Club, Walk the Line, The Last King of Scotland and Milk. It may have been The King’s Speech that inspired this outpouring of veddy veddy English movie, but while the current crop is similar in genre, they are not the birds of one feather.
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The Brit, who bagged his first Emmy this week, now looks poised to snag his first-ever Oscar nomination for his performance as WWII hero Alan Turing