Saoirse Ronan and Kate Winslet star in a bodice-ripping Victorian drama about two women who find forbidden love on the windswept shores of a coastal English fishing village. Yes, it may sound like a trashy Harlequin romance, but it’s actually one of the more beautiful and moving films of the year. Career-best performances, along with award-worthy cinematography and sound design, elevate “Ammonite” into the rare air of 2020’s outstanding motion pictures.

4.5/5 stars