Although its multiple Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Critics’ Choice awards nominations make it an Academy Awards frontrunner, this is not your typical Oscar-bait historical drama with formally fancy costumes and stilted dialogue. Quite the opposite: “The Favourite” is an unapologetically profane, bracingly biting and wildly compelling tale of royal power plays fueled by three virtuoso actresses — Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz– portraying refreshingly complex women.
One reviewer concludes: Director Yorgos Lanthimos outfits his costume drama in gaudy trappings like f-bombs, love triangles and duck races, but thanks to the bravura trio of actresses, “The Favourite” offers underneath a simple, timely, all-too-human tale of jealousy, survival and power.
Wed.-Fri., Jan. 23-25, 7 pm. Tickets $8 adults. Rated R