HIL ALL ‘THE DUKE’

If The Northman’s fierce bloodshed and hyperkinetics of Everything Everywhere All At Once did not appeal to you, you would do well to check out The Duke, an unmistakable British import starring Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren. Its quiet charm appeals to mature viewers, but do not mistake “offbeat” with “bland”. There is nothing banal or predictable about this hilarious tale, which is based on a true story. Its protagonist is a free-thinking guy named Kempton Bunton (Broadbent), who wrote history when he stole a valuable Goya painting from the National Gallery of Art in London. As depicted here, his motivation is disarmingly simple: he resents the fact that a government official repeatedly shows up at his door and demands that he pay his TV tax (which is how …

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