Lively historical drama loses its head

Lively historical drama loses its head

Rourke recreates history with an arresting visual flair, but cannot exert the same grip on her overloaded story

Mary Queen of Scots: Directed by Josie Rourke, Nationwide, 15A, Rating: ***

Glass: Directed by M Night Shyamalan, Nationwide, 15A, Rating: **

Josie Rourke, artistic director of London’s acclaimed Donmar Warehouse theatre and a multiple Olivier-award winner, makes her film debut with Mary Queen of Scots, casting the peerless Saoirse Ronan as the doomed 16th-century Scottish monarch engaged in a battle of birth and blood against her cousin Elizabeth...

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