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Florence Pugh LADY MACBETH (15) HHHH H ADAPTED by scriptwriter Alice Birch from Nikolai Leskov's 19th-century Russian novella, Lady Macbeth Of The Mtsensk, this gripping tragedy resets the sex-fuelled skulduggery to Victorian England, where women are treated as commodities by glowering husbands. Teenage bride Katherine (Florence Pugh) is sold by her father as part of a property deal and she is consigned to a loveless marriage to swarthy brute Alexander (Paul Hilton), whose father Boris (Christopher Fairbank) runs the local colliery. When Alexander and Boris are unexpectedly called away, Katherine seeks out excitement in the company of rebellious groomsman Sebastian (Cosmo Jarvis), whose cocksure swagger kindles sparks of an extra-marital affair. When Boris and Alexander return unexpectedly, the forbidden lovers forge a murderous pact that will allow them to retain their lofty position in the household.

Gemma Arterton THEIR FINEST (12A) HHHH H DURING the Second World War, Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) takes a position as a secretary at the British Ministry of Information, which produces propaganda to buoy the nation's spirits. Roger Swain (Richard E Grant) heads the film division and he entreats scriptwriters Tom Buckley (Sam Claflin) and Raymond Parfitt (Paul Ritter) to unearth a true story of wartime heroism that can be immortalised on celluloid. The real-life rescue of wounded British soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk by twin sisters using their father's boat is just the ticket. Catrin is asked to pen the female characters' dialogue - dismissively referred to as "the slop". Before production commences, a cabinet minister (Jeremy Irons) insists the script include an American character in order to persuade the US to join the Allied assault. Thus, handsome airman Carl Lundbeck (Jake Lacy) is cast alongside ageing actor Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy) on a shoot that sparks forbidden romance and mutual respect Lily Collins RULES DON'T APPLY (12A) HH HHH BAPTIST beauty queen Marla Mabrey (Lily Collins) arrives in Hollywood accompanied by her mother Lucy (Annette Bening) as the latest signing of RKO film studios run by the elusive Howard Hughes (Warren Beatty). The Mabreys' private chauffeur, Frank Forbes (Alden Ehrenreich), is instantly smitten with Marla, but fellow driver Levar Mathis (Matthew Broderick) reiterates strict rules against fraternising with the talent. Frank struggles to contain his desire while Marla makes a firm impression on her employer. As the philanthropist's mental state deteriorates, Frank is ushered into Hughes' inner circle, but the pressure of catering to the film-maker's whims and resisting Marla's bountiful charms tips Frank over the edge.

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Apr 28, 2017
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