Viceroy's House

Show Times:

Fri 9/15 & Sat 9/16, 5:00pm & 7:30pm
Sun 9/17, 2:30pm & 7:30pm
Mon 9/18 thru Thu 9/21, 5:30pm & 7:30pm

Biography, Drama, History
Rated: NR
Running Time: 106 minutes

If you’re missing Lord Grantham of Downtown Abbey fame, here he is again, or rather actor Hugh Bonneville, once more embroiled in an end-of-empire drama. Here he plays Lord Mountbatten. The year is 1947, the place India, and Mountbatten has been dispatched to ease the colony’s passage to independence. New nation-states, however, are rarely born without bloodshed, and the birth of this one was particularly wrenching. Gillian Anderson and Michael Gambon lend their talents to this sumptuous production, directed by Gurinder Chadha, who gave us Bend It Like Beckham.—Peter Biskind

“Cramming ample history into a compact running time without sacrificing flow or interest, Viceroy’s Houseā€¦ carries a trace of the sweep of a great screen epic along with the straightforward, explanatory qualities of mass-audience TV, and is never less than absorbing.”—Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times

At “the end of this sprawling, passionate but generously non-partisan epic, a moving coda reveals the director’s personal stake in telling the story her way. You should stay for the credits.”—Ella Taylor, NPR

“Proves a far more absorbing and thematically rich experience than its history-lesson trappings might imply.”—Gary Goldstein, L.A. Times