THE CROWN Season 6 – Review by Susan Granger

Season 6 of The Crown focuses on the aftermath of death of Princess Diana (Elizabeth Debicki), the demise of Princess Margaret (Lesley Manville), the Prince William (Ed McVey)/Kate Middleton (Meg Bellamy) college courtship, Prince Charles (Dominic West)/Camilla Parker Bowles’ (Olivia Williams) marriage, and the growing resentment/rebellion of Prince Harry (Luther Ford), including his Nazi costume scandal.

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ONE LIFE (TIFF 2023) – Review by Ulkar Alakbarova

Based on true events, One Life follows Nicholas Winton, a British stockbroker who was deeply affected by the fate that Jewish children could face when Nazi Germany declared the beginning of the occupation of Czechoslovakia. Nicholas (Johnny Flynn, portraying a younger Winton) promptly decided to involve all the friends he could find in Prague to save as many Jewish children as possible who were at risk of imminent danger.

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ALL THE OLD KNIVES – Review by Diane Carson

The setup for All the Old Knives works well. After Chechen terrorist Ilyas Shushani’s capture, he reveals that a CIA mole in their Vienna station contributed to the death of one hundred passengers, crew, and hijackers eight years earlier. This alarming news prompts Chief Victor Wallinger (Laurence Fishburne) to reopen this Flight 127 case. For those of us who embrace the cloak-and-dagger genre, it’s a worthy entry.

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Screenwriter Anthony McCarten on THE TWO POPES – Nell Minow interviews

Sometimes history is made by groups of people in labs or courtrooms or legislative bodies or battlefields. Sometimes history is made by two people talking to each other quietly. We hear those stories less often. It may be that what makes those changes possible is keeping them secret. Perhaps that is what makes imagining them so irresistible. That is what screenwriter Anthony McCarten has done in fact-based films like Bohemian Rhapsody, The Darkest Hour, and his latest, The Two Popes.

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THE TWO POPES – Review by Diane Carson

Metaphors comment unobtrusively on a variety of current issues: building bridges not walls, income inequality, tyranny, modest vs. indulgent life styles. These important topics are punctuated with nice touches of humor and music. The Two Popes speaks to everyone who examines, as honestly as possible, the decisions of their lives, whether Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Catholic, Protestant, agnostic, atheist, or anything else.

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