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THE BLADE’S THE THING

Weaponry plays a key role in these period pieces, with characters facing off against one another during swordplay

- BY TYLER COATES

CYRANO

Director Joe Wright expands the world of Erica Schmidt’s off-Broadway stage musical, itself a retelling of Edmond Rostand’s classic play. In between serving as the ghostwrite­r for Christian’s (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) love letters to Roxanne (Haley Bennett), Peter Dinklage’s Cyrano exhibits his own talent for swordplay. The film also features Cyrano and Christian heading to battle at the Siege of Arras, part of the Thirty Years’ War.

THE GREEN KNIGHT

David Lowery’s stylish and beguiling adaptation of the epic poem is equally massive in cinematic scale. Dev Patel stars as the bold and brave Sir Gawain, who accepts a challenge from the mysterious title character to land any strike against him. After Gawain decapitate­s the Green Knight, who rises from the floor unshaken, he must adhere to his foe’s bargain — that he will return an equal blow upon Gawain within a year’s time.

THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH

Joel Coen’s brutal, blackand-white adaptation of the Scottish play is a stark vision of Shakespear­e’s dark tale of power, corruption and madness, with Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand delivering a master class in acting as Lord and Lady Macbeth. Co-star Corey Hawkins, who plays Macbeth’s adversary Macduff, wields a sharp blade as he avenges the death of King Malcolm and exacts revenge on Macbeth.

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