The Homesman (15). Tonight at 6pm.
This Is Where I Leave You (PG). Tonight at 8.30pm.
The Imitation Game (12A). Benedict Cumberbatch masterfully portrays mathematical genius Alan Turing in his race against time to break Germany’s Enigma code during the Second World War. Flashbacks following Turing’s arrest for homosexuality in 1952 chronicle his battles with the commander of the Bletchley Park codebreakers (Charles Dance) before he won the trust of an MI6 boss (Mark Strong) and the funding to build a huge electro-mechanical computer to help him decipher the code. Cumberbatch’s twitchy Turing doesn’t suffer the fools he initially has to work with, but in Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley), a woman who, like him, has an exceptional mathematical brain, he finds an intellectual equal and friend. Gripping and profoundly moving. Friday at 6pm, Saturday at 8.45pm, Monday at 6pm, Tuesday at 2.30pm and 5pm, Wednesday and next Thursday at 8.45pm.
Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (12A). Third episode of the hit saga set in a dystopia where a cruel elite ingeniously guard their spoils. Maverick winner of the 74th Hunger Games Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) wakes up in the unfamiliar District 13. After escaping the third Quarter Quell and destroying the Games, she’s become a hero and inspiration to the downtrodden of Panem. Angry at her betrayal by the mentors she considered loyal (Philip Seymour Hoffman and Woody Harrelson), Katniss is desperate to rescue her District 12 co-victor Peeta (Hutcherson). Her resolute efforts provide the narrative thrust of a taut, gripping film. Friday at 8.30pm, Saturday at 6pm, Sunday at 12.15pm, Monday at 8.30pm, Tuesday at 7.30pm, Wednesday and next Thursday at 6pm.
Old Vic: The Crucible. Richard Armitage stars in Arthur Miller’s classic American drama, based on Salem’s infamous witch trials, brought vividly to life in this visceral new production. Saturday at 2.15pm.
Met Opera: Der Meistersinger von Nurnberg. A song contest among a group of ‘master singers’ unites a city in this epic comedy – a charming and magisterial celebration of the power of music and art. Sunday at 3pm.