Review: Woman in Gold, 2015, dir. Simon Curtis

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“Can a single great performance elevate an otherwise middle-of-the-road movie? Judging by the recent big-screen efforts of Simon Curtis: absolutely. The British filmmaker made waves in 2011 with My Week With Marilyn, a movie held aloft by a tremendous turn from the luminous Michelle Williams, who spends the picture making everyone look better both in front of and behind the camera just by gracing the frame with her presence. The same holds true for Curtis’s new film, Woman in Gold, and its star, Helen Mirren, who has so much gravitas that she can make even well-meaning but goofy genre joints like Red (and someday a Fast and Furious film, one can only hope) feel like respectable affairs.” (Via Paste Magazine.)

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