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The Iron Lady
PG, 105 minutes
Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Richard E. Grant
Lloyd finesses a deft script of brisk, quick strokes by Abi Morgan (“Brick Lane,” “Shame“) into a terrific entertainment, and a film that both celebrates and to a far lesser degree criticizes a woman who inspired a generation of conservatives, at home and in America, to refuse to compromise, to turn every debate into a battle over “principles.” It’s an uncanny turn by the screen’s greatest actress, an acting job with towering bombast and marvelous subtlety. She nailed the look, the tone, the speech patterns, the little snap of the head of the imperious British prime minister. Bloody brilliant.