Comedy/Drama/Romance – 2017 – UK – 117 Minutes – STX Entertainment – Rated R
The year is 1940, London. With the nation bowed down by war, the British ministry turns to propaganda films to boost morale at home. Realizing their films could use “a woman’s touch,” the ministry hires Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) as a scriptwriter in charge of writing the female dialogue. Although her artist husband looks down on her job, Catrin’s natural flair quickly gets her noticed by cynical, witty lead scriptwriter Buckley (Sam Claflin). Catrin and Buckley set out to make an epic feature film based on the Dunkirk rescue starring the gloriously vain, former matinee idol Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy). As bombs are dropping all around them, Catrin, Buckley and their colorful cast and crew work furiously to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation.
Directed by Lone Scherfig
Starring Gemma Arterton, Bill Nighy, Sam Claflin, Jack Huston, Paul Ritter, Richard E. Grant, Jake Lacy, Eddie Marsan, Helen McCrory, Jeremy Irons
Beautifully cast, intelligently written and a gorgeously assembled range of beautifully gauged emotions about movies and war, Their Finest is one of the best films of a still-young 2017. – New York Observer
One of the smartest, funniest and most surprising movies I’ve seen in years. – The Wall Street Journal
The charming, rousing WWII romance Their Finest is a film that openly stumps for two causes: the value of women in the workplace, and the power of cinema to tell stories that people need to hear. – The Playlist
Their Finest is a treat that has something on its mind, a charming concoction that adds a bit of texture and bite to the mix. Genial and engaging with a fine sense of humor, it makes blending the comic with the serious look simpler than it actually is. – The Los Angeles Time
2:30 pm show on Wednesday, May 31, will be played with open captions.