Period Drama

‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’ Review: A Lazy Reunion of Old Favorites

The Crawley family goes on a grand journey to the South of France to uncover the mystery of the dowager countess's newly inherited villa.

6 Fair

‘The Northman’ Review: A Bold, Visceral Achievement

From visionary director Robert Eggers comes The Northman, an action-filled epic that follows a young Viking prince on his quest to avenge his father's murder.

7 Good

TV Review: ‘Bridgerton’ Is Full of Charm and Steamy Romance

Wealth, lust, and betrayal set against the backdrop of Regency-era England, seen through the eyes of the powerful Bridgerton family.

8 Great

‘Mothering Sunday’ Review: A Melancholy Story of Grief, Love, and Loss

A maid living in post-World War I England secretly plans to meet with the man she loves before he leaves to marry another woman.

7 Good

TV Review: ‘The Gilded Age’ Is A Scintillating Look at New York’s Opulent Heyday

A wide-eyed young scion of a conservative family embarks on a mission to infiltrate the wealthy neighboring clan dominated by ruthless railroad tycoon George Russell, his rakish son, Larry, and his am...

8 Great

2022 Sundance Film Festival Review: ‘Living’ Struggles to Live Up to Kurosawa Despite Nighy’s Brilliance

An English-language adaptation of the script of "Ikiru" (1952), set in London in the 1950s.

7 Good

TIFF 2021 Review: ‘Mothering Sunday’ Delivers a Sensual But Frustrating Story

At the 2021 Toronto Film Festival, Alan French reviews Mothering Sunday. The film stars Odessa Young, Josh O'Connor, Olivia Colman, and Colin Firth.

6 Fair

TIFF 2021 Review: ‘As In Heaven’ Confronts Structural Oppression and Faith

TIFF 2021 Review: Alan French reviews "As In Heaven," the directorial debut of Tea Lindeburg. The story follows a young girl as she readies to make a better life, only to be interrupted by her family'...

7 Good

‘The Green Knight’ Review: Dev Patel Must Test His Mettle

A fantasy adventure based on the Arthurian legend, The Green Knight tells the story of Sir Gawain (Dev Patel), King Arthur's headstrong nephew, who embarks on a quest to confront the eponymous Knight,...

9 Amazing

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