Terry Hunter reviews EMPIRE OF LIGHT

Updated: Dec. 18, 2022 at 11:33 AM HST
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Academy Award winning actress, Olivia Colman teams up with Oscar winning director Sam Mendes in EMPIRE OF LIGHT, a new drama scheduled to open in theaters everywhere during the holidays. The movie gives us a surprising bittersweet May-December romance between a troubled middle age woman (Coman) and an open hearted young black man (Michael Ward). It also features that young man’s struggles with English racism in the early 1980’s. And finally, it’s the filmmaker’s love letter to the uplifting power of movies themselves. EMPIRE OF LIGHT is one of the best movies I’ve seen this year.