THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING (PG-13)
Directors: James Marsh
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, David Thewlis, Emily Watson
The pitch: Stephen Hawking finds educational stimulus and true love at Oxford only to be diagnosed with a motor neuron disease. Despite his loss of motor skills, Hawking goes on to be a husband, father and scientific genius.
The formula: Theorize using parts of “A Beautiful Mind.” Expand your findings with “My Left Foot.” Reach a conclusion of “The Big Bang Theory.”
Go see it: If you want to be able to discuss an Oscar-nominated movie.
Don’t go see it: If you only like movies with big explosions or body function jokes.
The race is on: The Motion Picture Academy loves actors who can play characters who must overcome incredible odds. Put Redmayne at the top of your list of Oscar nominees for that reason.