Movies

Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie Play Royal Rivals in ‘Mary, Queen of Scots’ Trailer

Saoirse Ronan as Mary, Queen of Scots (Photo: Focus Features/Working TItle)

Stories of real-life queens are all the rage right now. From modern day period drama The Crown to more historical fare such as VictoriaThe White Princess and upcoming Starz drama The Spanish Princess, we just can’t seem to get enough of the girls who run the world.

The next big thing headed our way is a feature film adaptation of one of history’s greatest rivalries: Mary Stuart, the Queen of Scots and her cousin, Elizabeth Tudor, the Queen of England. 

Watch Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz in Trailer for Period Film ‘The Favourite'

Emma Stone and Olivia Colman in the trailer for "The Favourite" (Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Indie director Yorgos Lanthimos – the man behind critical darlings The Lobster and The Killing of the Sacred Deer – is bringing his talents to the period drama genre with upcoming film The Favourite.

The movie – which upon first glance seems a bit like the English spiritual cousin of Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette – follows the story of two cousins jockeying for positions and favor at the court of Queen Anne in early 18th century England. The first trailer for the upcoming film dropped this week - and, honestly, it looks fantastic.

Another New ‘Little Women’ is Coming, Whether We Want It or Not

The ladies of the most recent PBS Masterpiece adaptation of "Little Women" (Photo: Credit: Courtesy of MASTERPIECE on PBS, BBC, and Playground​)

Some stories are just universally loved, no matter how old they are. It doesn’t matter if we’ve seen feature film or television adaptations of them multiple times. Because people will make them again. And, like as not, we’ll all watch them again. And again.

Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel Little Women is apparently one of those stories. Which makes sense. It’s a universal coming-of-age story that speaks to women everywhere. That’s why there have been so many versions of it made over the years.

Which is, of course, why there’s about to be another one.

Watch 'Downton Abbey’s' Lily James in the Trailer for ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’

Downton Abbey’s Lily James stars as Juliet Ashton in ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’. (Photo courtesy of Studiocanal ©2017)

A bunch of our Downton Abbey fan favorites are reuniting for a brand new film based on a popular novel with one of the best titles ever created.

Originally published in 2008, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was written by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. It tells the story of journalist Juliet Ashton, who forms a life-changing bond with the members of the titular book club when she journeys to Guernsey, one of the small Channel Islands between the United Kingdom and France.

Discover the Historical Personalities Behind ‘Victoria and Abdul’

Dame Judi Dench and Ali Fazal star in Victoria and Abdul, the biographical drama showcasing the unexpected friendship of the Queen and her Indian servant. (Image courtesy of Focus Features © 2017)

Fans of the hit Masterpiece series Victoria will be thrilled to see their favorite British Queen later in life when the new movie Victoria and Abdul opens in theaters in the US on Friday, September 22nd.

Inspired by extraordinary true-life events, the script, based on Shrabani Basu’s book, reveals the unexpected friendship between Queen Victoria and Mohammad Hafiz Abdul Karim, a young Indian sent to England in 1887 to attend Her Majesty during her Golden Jubilee celebrations.

Here for your edification and enjoyment is the run-down of the historical who’s who in the movie:

Dunkirk On-Screen

2017's Dunkirk movie poster (Photo: Image courtesy of Warner Brothers and Syncopy)

The narrative of the Dunkirk evacuation has graced the big screen since the 1940s. Telly Visions takes a look at the cinematic history of this military rescue from Mrs. Miniver to Christopher Nolan's epic take on this historical event.

British Films for Summer 2017 Take Audiences Back in Time

Summer is prime movie season in part due to the lovely air-conditioned darkness that can transport you to different places and eras.

And it would appear that this summer, British films will be doing just that. The offerings range from the Victorian era to the Cold War and beyond. With an impressive list of actors paired with the many compelling, and often true, stories on offer, I predict you’ll want to make a point to see at least a few of these films.

British Film Directors You Should Know

The cast of Gareth Edwards' "Star Wars" prequel "Rogue One" (Photo: Lucasfilm)

So the 2017 awards season has come to a close with that wild finale of an Oscars ceremony no less! While no British directors were nominated for an Academy Award this year, there are plenty working today who are making their presence felt in the UK and around the world. Veterans like Ken Loach, Mike Leigh, Stephen Frears and Oscar-winner Danny Boyle are active and continue to tell important and innovate stories. For this post, however, I’d like to concentrate on a younger generation of influential British filmmakers you may want to check out. Here are five under 50 that you might see holding that golden statuette one day.

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