Directed by Steve McQueen. US. 2013. R. 134 min. Fox Searchlight. Digital.
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“Just a few years before the start of the Civil War, two anti-slavery books became best-sellers in the United States. One was Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the Harriet Beecher Stowe opus that went on to become the best-selling novel of the 19th century. The other was a memoir with a mouthful of a title: Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northup, a citizen of New-York, kidnapped in Washington City in 1841, and rescued in 1853 from a cotton plantation near the Red River in Louisiana. Twelve Years a Slave — successful enough to prompt multiple editions before falling into obscurity after the war — was rediscovered by scholars in the 1960s and has now been transformed into a wrenching, soul-stirring film from British director Steve McQueen. More»
Directed by Stephen Frears. UK. 2013. PG-13. 98 min. Fox. Digital.
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“Steve Coogan can be a difficult actor to love. Sarcastic and arch, the British comic often goes down as bitterly as a cup of hemlock. But in Stephen Frears’ beautifully affecting “Philomena,” he dares to leaven his cynical humor with humanity. Based on the tragic true story of an elderly Irishwoman who enlists the help of a jaded former journalist to track down the son she was forced to give up for adoption 50 years earlier, “Philomena” feels like the kind of artisanally crafted prestige picture Miramax turned into a house style in the ’90s. Build it and Oscars will come. Judi Dench, of course, is no stranger to that genre. And she’s note-perfect here as Philomena Lee — a woman who grew up in a convent and helplessly watched as her baby was sold to an American couple. The devout Catholic told herself that the shame and agony of that separation was the price of her youthful sin. More»