MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS
2018, Focus Features, 125 min, Dir: Josie Rourke

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan). 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 1 (Margot Robbie). Each young queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion and conspiracies within court imperil both thrones – and change the course of history.


FROST/NIXON
2008, Universal, 122 min, USA/UK/France, Dir: Ron Howard

Based on actual interviews conducted three years after the Watergate scandal, FROST/NIXON sets up an intense battle of the minds between the former U.S. president (Frank Langella) and British journalist David Frost (Michael Sheen). Costarring Sam Rockwell, Kevin Bacon and Rebecca Hall and garnering five Oscar nominations (including Best Picture and Best Director), the film is one of Howard’s most profound dramatic achievements. “The result is involving, engrossing cinema … filmmaking of a type rarely seen anymore and sorely missed.” Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times.


TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY
2011, Focus Features, 122 min, France/UK/Germany, Dir: Tomas Alfredson

The long-awaited feature film version of John le Carré’s classic bestselling novel is set in England in 1973 as Cold War tensions wreak havoc on international relations. After a Hungarian mission goes bloodily awry, the head of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, known as Control (John Hurt), is forced out of the agency along with his top lieutenant, George Smiley (Oscar nominee Gary Oldman). But Smiley is soon rehired in secret to identify a Soviet mole at SIS, and as the list of suspects narrows, the emotional and physical tolls on the players enmeshed in the deadly international spy game escalates. With Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy and Colin Firth.


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