10 Must-See Movies at Scottsdale International Film Festival 2014

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in this true story about a genius World War II code cracker.
Benedict Cumberbatch stars in this true story about a genius World War II code cracker.
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Well, ladies and gentleman, the time has almost come for the 14th annual Scottsdale International Film Festival to begin screening extraordinary movies from across the globe. With 40 films in this year's lineup, it's no easy task to decide which films you'll see and which you'll have to skip between Thursday, October 9, and Monday, October 13. We've narrowed the list down to 10 of the top films screening at the event, just in case you're having some difficulty deciding. And, yes, you can catch Benedict Cumberbatch's new movie at the festival.

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The Imitation Game Screens: Saturday, October 11, at 6:10 p.m.

This biopic tells the story of Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), the brilliant mathematician who broke the German Enigma code in World War II. It also tells the story of how Turning was forced to take oestrogen injections (which chemically castrated him) in lieu of being imprisoned for being gay -- even after everyone knew he was a genius who helped win the war. You don't need a code cracker here to know that you should probably start feeling bummed right now, but you should still see it.

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Class Enemy Screens: Saturday, October 11, at 9:40 a.m. and Sunday, October 12, at 3:35 p.m.

High school was a bummer, sure, but it's nothing like what the kids in Robert Zupan's German class have to deal with in this Slovenian movie. After a classmate commits suicide, Zupan's extremely strict and cold teaching style becomes the symbol of everything wrong in the students' lives. What's left to do but take over a radio station and revolt, right?

It's time to see Patrick Stewart as more than just Picard.
It's time to see Patrick Stewart as more than just Picard.
Courtesy of IFC Films.

Match Screens: Sunday, October 12, at 8:20 p.m.

No, your eyes do not deceive you. That is Patrick Stewart in the picture and he's playing a shut-in ballet instructor and former dancer named Tobi in Match. Based on a Tony-nominated play, this film is sure to wow, though everything might not be as it seems as you learn more about Tobi's past.

Listen Up Philip Screens: Saturday, October 11, at 8:20 p.m.

If you like highly romanticized depictions of New York intellectual types being cool and unfeeling toward one another, this is definitely the film for you. You know, the kind that are always allegedly writing some novel and constantly nitpicking everything around them? Seriously though, with Jason Schwartzman and Elisabeth Moss as the leads, you can be sure that this movie will at least be entertaining.

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