• November 7, 2011 - 1:15pm

Forget your stodgy memories of high school Shakespeare class: In his visionary directorial debut, Ralph Fiennes (who also plays the title character) transforms the Bard’s tale of a doomed Roman general into a pulse-pounding, modern-day action thriller, complete with automatic weapons and riot gear. Featuring terrific supporting turns by Gerald Butler, Brian Cox, Jessica Chastain, and Vanessa Redgrave, Coriolanus is the most exciting and unexpected cinematic treatment of Shakespearean tragedy since Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet.

122 minutes