Genre: Biog., Drama, History. Dir: Kenneth Branagh. Country: UK.
Director and star Kenneth Branagh moves from adapting Shakespeare to magnificently playing the man himself with a convincingly world-weary edge alongside fellow legendary thespians Judi Dench, and Ian McKellen. The year is 1613, Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground, and devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family.