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Mary Queen of Scots (2018)

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"Mary Queen of Scots" explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart (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 I (Robbie). 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. 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 each court imperil both thrones - and change the course of history.

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Saoirse Ronan
as Mary Stuart
Margot Robbie
as Queen Elizabeth I
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An epic look at the intimate frustrations of two massively powerful young women who spend most of their energy navigating between who they are and what they represent.

November 16, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Director Rourke exhibits confidence and enthusiasm in dealing with such juicy material in the company of her two outstanding young actresses.

November 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Rourke's film feels well suited to the #MeToo moment, contrasting Mary and Elizabeth's far different strategies for maintaining what each believed to be her God-given legacy.

November 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Acknowledges both the struggles of women and the fact that people of color have always been part of society, even during the Renaissance and Age of Discovery.

November 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Mary Queen of Scots does a decent job of laying out the foundations of Mary Stuart's importance, even if it often feels like it's leapfrogging through history.

November 21, 2018 | Full Review…

In a wicked display of tension and percolating drama, Josie Rourke's smartly effective and intoxicating "Mary Queen of Scots" showcases two grandiose performances from Academy Award nominees Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie.

November 21, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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