Saoirse Ronan is Mary in Beau Willimon’s take on British royal skullduggery in “Mary Queen of Scots.” (Liam Daniel/Focus Features)

Saoirse Ronan is Mary in Beau Willimon’s take on British royal skullduggery in “Mary Queen of Scots.” (Liam Daniel/Focus Features)

Saoirse Ronan on fire as smart but rash Mary in ‘Queen of Scots’

The film makes parallels with current events, but its biggest draw is Ronan’s blazing performance.

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