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TheDailyBeast: Holiday Movie Preview

‘Hyde Park on Hudson’ (Dec. 7)

In "Hyde Park on Hudson", the incomparable Bill Murray delivers a splendid performance as iconic President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Directed by Roger Michell ("Notting Hill"), this beautifully lensed parlor drama centers on, first and foremost, FDR’s critical meeting with King George VI (Samuel West) and his wife, Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman), at the president’s country estate in Hyde Park, N.Y., on the eve of World War II. The second, less captivating thread concerns the randy, wheelchair-bound president’s love affair with his fifth cousin Margaret Suckley, played by Laura Linney. Despite some narrative deficiencies, as well as suffering from some "The King’s Speech" déjà vu, Michell’s film is worth the price of admission for Murray, who deftly channels FDR—in particular, his droll sense of humor.



(Nicola Dove, Focus Features/ AP Photo)
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