Woman in Gold Review: Helen Mirren Shines in Mediocre Pic

April 2, 2015 7:27 PM

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Woman in Gold Review: Helen Mirren Shines in Mediocre Pic

Icy and earthy, Helen Mirren is a rare regal presence in a movie age that values the plebeian over the patrician, and mass over class. Lauded with an Oscar and an Emmy for playing both Queen Elizabeths, Mirren has matched her cool aristocracy with a boldness of performance and display. She leaves the gentler, more recessive emotions to other actresses; a Mirren woman is someone you don’t mess with.

So powerful is Mirren’s screen impact that all other actors and factors shrivel in her shadow. That’s the case with Woman in Gold, a fact-based drama that would have been released late last year if anyone at The Weinstein Company thought it had a decent shot at Oscar nominations. Directed by Simon C...

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