MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS (15)

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★★★★★

RE­STRAINED his­tor­i­cal drama. In 1561, a Protes­tant queen, El­iz­a­beth I (Mar­got Rob­bie), rules Eng­land. Her power is threat­ened by the re­turn of her Catholic cousin Mary Stu­art (Saoirse Ro­nan) from France, who many English Catholics be­lieve is the le­git­i­mate heir to the throne. El­iz­a­beth’s ad­viser Wil­liam Ce­cil (Guy Pearce) sug­gests con­trol­ling Mary through a mar­riage, but Mary chooses her first cousin, Lord Darn­ley (Jack Low­den), and they pro­duce a son and heir, James. While fig­ures close to Mary plot against her, men in El­iz­a­beth’s court try to ma­noeu­vre their monarch on to a path of civil war.

Down­load/stream now and avail­able from May 20 on DVD/Blu-ray.

Saoirse Ro­nan as Mary Stu­art ■

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