Was the Shakespearean opus written by Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford? Roland Emmerich’s rip-snortin’, if historically fanciful, costume drama makes the case. Rhys Ifans plays the clandestine literary genius. Vanessa Redgrave is Elizabeth.
Nicholas Cage in a tour de force performance as a screenwriter tortured with self-doubt, and his unencumbered twin brother. A multi-layered riff on narrative itself, and a rattling good story, which turns out to be every “Hollywood thing” the screenwriter-protagonist doesn’t want it to be. Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Tilda Swinton, Brian Cox, Maggie Gyllenhall. Dir. Spike Jonze.