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The Iron Lady
Meryl Streep won a best-actress Academy Award for her portrayal of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, who served from 1979 to 1990. The film begins in 2008, showing an 82-year-old Thatcher struggling with dementia, and proceeds to tell the story of her early life and rise to power through a series of flashbacks. Jim Broadbent plays her husband, Denis Thatcher, and Anthony Head plays deputy prime minister Geoffrey Howe.
USA TODAY’S Claudia Puig says: ½ out of four. “Though not illuminating as a historical biopic, the film features a tour-de-force performance by Meryl Streep. Hers is a flawless portrayal of the conservative British prime minister.”