The glue binding the 11 choices showing in “Contemporary Films From Britain” is, indeed, contemporaneity. There’s not a costume drama on the list, and none of what Stephen Frears once described as “the rattling of teacups.” Despite the vaunted modernity of the brash new British cinema, however, nostalgia seeps inexorably into the frame time after time. The picture that emerges is not of a country freeing itself from the shackles of the past in accordance with Tony Blair’s dream of a “Cool Britannia,” but of a people succored by what’s familiar and consoling, even if it takes the form of... More >>>