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All Is True Rated 12A

All Is True

Dir. Kenneth Branagh. UK, 2018. 1h 41m. Starring Kenneth Branagh, Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, Kathryn Wilder, Lolita Chakrabarti, Michael Rouse.

After a fire destroys the Globe Theatre during a 1613 performance of Henry VIII, Shakespeare returns home to Stratford yearning for a peaceful retirement. On arrival, he is forced to reconcile with his neglected household and confront long-suppressed feelings about his son’s death. Kenneth Branagh directs and stars touching period drama written by author Ben Elton.

‘It's the absence of grandstanding, of Stoppardian showing off, that makes this film different, as a lovely meditation on what parts of a man's legacy truly matter.’ ★★★★ Tim Robey, The Telegraph

‘It dodges the pitfalls of luvviedom and period camp to produce a fiercely intelligent and poignant drama about family, grief and the tyranny of genius.’ ★★★★ Kevin Maher, The Times