THE LOST KING – Review by Liz Braun

Stephen Frears’ The Lost King is a tale of obsession and pursuit. It’s about one woman’s relentless quest to find the remains of a monarch dead and missing for 500 years, but there’s no whiff of dusty archives about it. Sally Hawkins, extraordinary as always, stars as the tenacious Phillipa Langley. who undertakes research based on her reading about Richard III, who got a bad rap (Shakespeare didn’t help) that has long been disputed. The movie includes much talk about how lies eventually begin to look like the truth, so it’s not as if The Lost King is removed from current political discourse.

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THE LOST KING (TIFF 2022) – Review by Cate Marquis

Stephen Frears’ true story-inspired comedy-drama The Lost King is a charmer with a thoughtful underdog theme, starring the wonderful Sally Hawkins as an amateur historian who locates the long-lost grave of King Richard III, the last Plantagenet king. The grave’s location had eluded professionals for centuries. The discovery made headlines around the world, but even better, was that the person who pulled off this discovery, Philippa Langley (Sally Hawkins), was an ordinary middle-aged woman who turned amateur historian – or maybe history detective is more apt – after seeing a production of Shakespeare’s play.

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GREED – Review by Maitland McDonagh

Based on the lavish life and crimes of taste, decorum and common decency of UK cheap-fashion mogul Philip Green, whose low-rent boutiques catered to the young and trendy, Michael Winterbottom’s Greed–a breezy chronicle of bad behavior by the rich and notorious–is either a cautionary tale or an exhortation to just do it, depending on which way your moral compass points.

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STAN & OLLIE – Review by Susan Granger

After fame and fortune left the world-famous vaudeville comedy team of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy far behind, they embarked on a career-concluding tour of Great Britain. Disgruntled but not discouraged, they turn to public relations stunts to sell tickets. In addition to Hardy’s persistent health problems, they’re constantly bickering, dredging up old grievances.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, July 6-12: MINIONS

Opening July 10, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Minions, the spin-off from hit animations Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2, which gives the eponymous yellow critters the spotlight to themselves as they search for the perfect evil boss. Read on…

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