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Benedict and the Box Office

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After his appearance as Kahn in this summer’s blockbuster hit “Star Trek into Darkness,” English actor Benedict Cumberbatch has become an obsession of movie-goers and directors all across the country.

Cumberbatch has two movies playing in theaters right now with two more to come before the year is through. He can currently be seen as a slave owner by the name of William Ford in “12 Years a Slave” and as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in “The Fifth Estate.” The upcoming faces of Cumberbatch include Charles Aiken in “August: Fort Osage County” and Smaug/The Necromancer in the second installment of The Hobbit trilogy, “The Desolation of Smaug.”

Aside from film appearances, the third season of “Sherlock,” in which Cumberbatch plays the namesake character, is due to air on BBC this fall. Although it originally aired in the UK during the summer of 2010, the first season did not make its way to the U.S. until early 2011, and the second season did not premiere until January  2012. The presence of this series in the U.S. caused Cumberbatch’s newly expanded fame. Despite the unrelenting anticipation that comes with being a fan of BBC’s “Sherlock,” anyone who follows this show knew it was only a matter of time before the entire world would be craving Cumberbatch.

CBS News and Entertainment Weekly referred to this fall as “The Season of Cumberbatch.” EW went as far in its review of “The Fifth Estate” to say it’s impossible to dislike Cumberbatch.

Cumberbatch has an impeccable naturalness that radiates from each and every character he portrays. No matter the authority or sinister disposition or emotional transparency the role calls for, he always delivers an immeasurable performance. He surpasses the standard for acting that audiences have come to settle for from most films today. If any critics or movie-goers think the hype is unwarranted, the challenge is this: Go see each movie listed above and try to keep that opinion.

And to top it all off, The Tivoli Theater in Westport is hosting encore screenings of The National Theatre Live’s production of Danny Boyle’s “Frankenstein” starring Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller. The screenings will be held at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 31 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 23.

 

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