James Mcardle

18 Dec 18
Catholic Cinephile

Year of release: 2018              Directed by Josie Rourke.       Starring Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Guy Pearce, James McArdle, Jack Lowden, and David Tennant. “Better a live rat than a dead lion.” So says a character in one of the best plays and movies about the religious convictions and subsequent conflicts instigated by the English reformation. Mary […]

15 Dec 18

Rating: 3/4 From the moment Saoirse Ronan’s Mary Stuart washes ashore, we and everyone on that craggy balmy Scottish beach innately know her as royalty. Josie Rourke‘s directorial debut, Mary Queen of Scots, is a period piece like no other: merging the historical relationship between cousins, Queen Elizabeth and Mary, while featuring a diverse cast dotted […]

15 Dec 18

Mary Queen of Scots centers its action on the title character, though the trailers would have you believe the film is a double act involving her relationship with Queen Elizabeth I.  This is Mary’s story…well, it’s supposed to be Mary’s story, but the film makes Elizabeth a strong supporting player, along with the men who […]

14 Dec 18
BYT // Brightest Young Things

Historically misleading, and with weak performances