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'My Week With Marilyn'
: Nov. 23 limited
Buoyed by an Oscar-worthy lead performance from Michelle Williams, 'My Week With Marilyn' combines old Hollywood glamour with the type of love story that could only happen in the movies. That it actually reportedly happened to Colin Clark (played here by Eddie Redmayne) is part of the charm of the Simon Curtis-directed film: in 1956, Clark spent a week falling in love with Marilyn Monroe (Williams). Featuring strong supporting work from Kenneth Branagh (as Sir Laurence Olivier), Dominic Cooper, Dame Judi Dench and Emma Watson in her first post-'Harry Potter' performance, 'Marilyn' could be this year's version of 'The King's Speech'
: a British-infused drama that wins over audiences and Oscar voters alike. -- Christopher Rosen