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This month’s reviews cover a variety of films from Victorian suspense through revenge action, animation, World War II combat, and music documentaries.

My Cousin Rachel

Daphne Du Maurier’s 1951 novel, My Cousin Rachel, has been filmed twice before. The first was in1952, starring Olivia deHavilland and Richard Burton; Du Maurier disliked the film version, saying it romanticized the story to the exclusion of the ambiguity she had crafted into it. The second version was in 1983, as a BBC miniseries with Geraldine Chaplin. This third version, written and directed by Roger Michell (Notting Hill), moves back toward the original novel and stars Philip Ashley (Sam Claflin, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales), as the young heir to the estate in Cornwall. The title role is played by Rachel Weisz as the mysterious “cousin” who or may not be the grieving widow that she says she is…

reviews by Leonard G. Heldreth

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