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'Queen & Country' a so-so sequel to 'Hope and Glory'

'Queen & Country' a so-so sequel to 'Hope and Glory'

John Boorman's 1987 masterpiece "Hope and Glory" was autobiographical gold, a young boy's fevered view of the London Blitz: surviving Nazi bombs was fun, but a family on edge? Yikes. Now comes the 82-year-old master's long-awaited sequel, "Queen & Country." It's 1952, and 18-year-old Billy Rowan (Callum Turner) is a newly conscripted soldier in a postwar army run by throwback martinets (David Thewlis, Richard E. Grant) who practically beg to be razzed by Billy and his troublemaking friend Percy (a deliriously jittery Caleb Landry Jones). The first film's joyous view of British pluck has led to a more quietly breezy send-off to a declining...

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