DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA – Review by Martha K Baker

They have all been through a lot, and the new era offers just as many challenges. The prospect of another war and a depression. A leaky roof. Hetero- v. homosexuality. A French villa no one knew about from a paramour no one knew about. Lord Grantham’s lineage. Who inherits what? Plus a moving picture filmed on the premises — just as Downton is, which presents the running theme of silent films vs. “talkies.”

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DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA – Review by Susan Granger

If you’re an avid fan of the PBS series and followed the franchise onto the big screen, you should relish this reunion with the inhabitants of the Crawley’s stately country house who have become so familiar. But if you’re not acquainted with their backstories, this sequel may be a bit bewildering. Written once again by series creator Julian Fellowes and directed by Simon Curtis, the period drama, set circa 1929, veers between Yorkshire and the South of France and is fraught with emotional complications.

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DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA – Review by T. J. Callahan

In Downton Abbey: The New Era. the Crawleys of Grantham have invited us back into their stately manor to catch us up on what the Earl, his family, and all of the spunky servants have been up to of late. This is the sequel to the 2019 movie spinoff of the globally popular six-season TV series that lasted from 2010 to 2015. Fans of the Downton Abbey franchise will find The New Era scathingly delicious and sentimentally sweet. But, if you’ve never visited the Granthams before, you’ll probably have more fun watching your favorite DVD.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, March 30-April 5, 2015: WOMAN IN GOLD

Opening April 1, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Woman in Gold, director Simon Curtis’ follow-up to 2011’s My Week With Marilyn. It stars Helen Mirren as real-life Jewish refugee Maria Altmann who, in later life, fought to recover family artwork stolen by the Nazis.

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