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Mike Leigh’s Peterloo and Steve McQueen’s Widows—the best films in November 2018

Plus the wryly comic Japanese film Shoplifters

By Wendy Ide   November 2018
Viola Davis in Widows

Viola Davis in Widows

 

Peterloo, released on 2nd November

Epic in scope and ambition, Mike Leigh’s account of the massacre of Peterloo in 1819 crams a lot into two-and-a-half hours. Leigh’s characteristically abrasive approach is sharpened here by a palpable anger on behalf of the voiceless workers of the 19th-century north of England. If anything, there are too many voices here in an overcrowded, slightly hectoring first hour. But the film’s second half builds to a harrowing climax. The core of the story—the rumbles of dissent…

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