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Elizabeth: The Golden Age

Director Shekhar Kapur and star Cate Blanchett try to repeat history with this sequel to 1998's award-winning Elizabeth. Here, the British monarch is distracted from running her empire by an affair with adventurer Sir Walter Raleigh (Clive Owen). The cast is packed (Geoffrey Rush, Samantha Morton and Rhys Ifans are also in there) and the computer-generated maritime battles are impressive, but the history lesson feels simplified, melodramatic and way to pretty this time around--like an ad for Chanel field plate armor. 114 minutes PG-13.