4. The Imitation Game. Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley. English mathematician Alan Turing helps crack the Nazi’s Enigma code during World War II. A heroic and ultimately tragic story; look for Cumberland at Oscar time. Rotten Tomatoes: 89%; Blog: A-.
6. Nightcrawler. Jake Gyllenhaal, Renee Russo. Lou Bloom muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, becoming the star of his own story. A powerhouse, unsettling critique of the TV news world with Oscar worthy performances by the stars. Rotten Tomathoes: 94%; Blog: A-.