A Midwinter’s Tale (1996)

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By Scott Goldfine

Kenneth Branagh writes and directs this spunky English comedy about a band of misfit actors who put on a ragtag version of “Hamlet.” The play’s director and lead (Michael Maloney) juggles self-doubt, his cast’s assorted neuroses and staging obstacles in an effort to realize creative fulfillment.

The film crackles with fine ensemble acting and keen wit before succumbing to a pat ending. Rated R.

GRADE: B+

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