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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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.

Nov 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.

Nov 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.

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…
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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.

Nov 15, 2018 | Full Review…

At the center [of Mary Queen of Scots] are fiery women fighting for their rightful place, queer representation and diverse casting that elevate this period drama and raises the bar for future ones.

Nov 17, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The historical accuracy of the action feels less important than the overall statement the film makes on women and power: Much has changed in the last 431 years, but not nearly enough.

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…

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