(KCBS) – KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl keeps the royal magic alive via the silver screen. If you can get enough of the royals, here are some movies you may enjoy.
The Queen (PG-13)
Helen Mirren won the Oscar as Elizabeth II, James Cromwell suitably not amused as Prince Phillip. The film concentrates on the queen’s reaction to the death of Princess Diana. The outpouring of love and support catches her off-guard, even though Michael Sheen as Tony Blair tries to warn her of alienating her subjects.
The King’s Speech (R)
Colin Firth took home Oscar gold as George VI, a man forced to become king when his brother abdicates. Add to the drama that he stutters and is coming into an England about to go to war with Hitler. It just doesn’t get better than this smart storytelling. Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter play it for truth, too. Even if you are not a royal watcher and could care less, this is a film that celebrates courage and the ability to overcome obstacles, for royals and commoners!
Other Great (British) royal films: The Lion in Winter, Anne of a Thousand Days, The Tudors, The Madness of King George, A Man For All Seasons
To See Right Now: Water for Elephants, POM Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Win Win
DVDs: Upstairs Downstairs 2010, Somewhere (so bad it’s almost good), Rabbit Hole, Thank You for Smoking (Aaron Eckhardt), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One, Fair Game
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