Sam Mendes’ Empire of Light lacks a compelling story

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By Adam Bloodworth Empire of Light review and star rating: ★★☆☆☆ Empire of Light is one part of a broader artistic response to the peril cinemas found themselves in during the pandemic. Steven Spielberg’s love of the big screen will soon be explored in The Fabelmans, and Babylon was another of 2023’s odes to cinema. Olivia Colman stars as Hilary, the duty manager of a seaside cinema in the early eighties which has seen better days. She meets Stephen, played by Top Boy’s Micheal Ward, a new hire who is energetic and friendly despite experiencing racism in their small town. The two forge a bond …

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