Everyone knows John Lennon, the smart Beatle, the tough realist opposite the sunnier Paul McCartney in the famous songwriting partnership. But imagine his life before the fame and fortune, before he hooked up with his mates and took the world by storm. Conceptual artist and photographer Sam Taylor-Wood takes audiences back to the early nowhere days of Lennon (Aaron Johnson) as he chafes under the seemingly loveless rule of his Aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas). Grade: A-.
Written and directed by Philippe Claudel, 'Loved You' has taken a long time to open in Cincinnati — it's been playing elsewhere since fall. Its arrival was held up in case Kristin Scott Thomas received a Best Actress Oscar nomination as Juliette. She didn't, although she should have. It's her best lead performance in more than a decade, and coming after she made a noticeable impact in another French film, 'Tell No One,' one must say that country does her well. Grade B.