DOWNTON ABBEY – Review by Susan Granger

If you’re an avid fan of PBS’ dramatic series Downton Abbey, you’ll relish this big-screen version. Working with screenwriter James Fellowes, director Michael Engler manages to give all the characters their own mini-crisis and catharsis, involving proper manners and utmost civility, drawing on the trials and tribulations of England’s inherent class system, which exists despite anti-monarchist grumbles.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Sept. 22-28: PRIDE

Opening Sept. 26, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Pride, based on a true story of a group of gay and lesbian activists who raised money to support mineworkers’ families during the 1984 union strike. Directed by Matthew Warchus and written by Stephen Beresford, the movie features Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West and Paddy Considine in an uplifting, crowd-pleasing story in the vein of The Full Monty and Billy Elliot. Read on…

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