Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne's ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots.
2 h 0 min
Mary Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I. Each young Queen beholds her "sister" in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence.
2 h 4 min
A final battle scene, in which Billy recalls the grisly details of his shootout, has a jarring quality for the way it captures every gory detail with near-documentary results. The halftime show, which could stand alone as a short film without the surrounding exposition, provides a vivid contrast between the histrionics of a Destiny’s Child performance and Billy’s uneasiness at its center. For a fleeing moment, we’re right there with him. Eric Kohn / IndieWire [T]here is something disarmingly tender about the way Mr. Lee dramatizes young Billy’s predicament.
1 h 53 min