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First Look: In ‘Pawn Sacrifice,’ Tobey Maguire Channels Chess Master Bobby Fischer (Video)

First Look: In 'Pawn Sacrifice,' Tobey Maguire Channels Chess Master Bobby Fischer (Video)

Set during the 1972 World Chess Championship, in “Pawn Sacrifice” (Bleecker Street, September 18) Tobey Maguire plays brilliant but troubled Brooklyn chess maverick Bobby Fischer as he faces off against his level-headed Russian rival Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber) in the most famous chess match ever. Fischer struggles to keep his head on straight, which drives his various handlers nuts, because he can’t be counted on to even show up.

Ed Zwick is a director who can handle intimate television (“Relativity,” “Once and Again”) and epic spectacle (“Courage Under Fire,” “The Last Samurai,” “Blood Diamond,” “Glory”); this drama combines both. Zwick got a great performance out of Schreiber in “Defiance”; he is also strong here. Maguire has never been better; this could mark a comeback for him. The movie scored at Toronto 2014 and was acquired by Bleecker Street which has so far delivered modest art-house hits such as “Danny Collins” and “I’ll See You in My Dreams.” 

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