Tag Archives: Judi Dench

Victoria & Abdul

HISTORY’S MOST UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIP. In 1887, Indian clerk Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal) is one of two men hired to deliver a ceremonial gift to Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) in England; the ruler becomes fascinated by Abdul and makes him her spiritual guide… Dench returned to the part of Queen Victoria after playing her in Mrs. … Continue reading Victoria & Abdul

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

STAY PECULIAR.  16-year-old Jake Portman (Asa Butterfield) goes to Wales together with his father to look for a mysterious orphanage that his granddad (Terence Stamp) told fanciful stories about from World War II… Tim Burton is the right person to make a movie out of Ransom Riggs’s imaginative novel, a fairy tale about a place … Continue reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Tulip Fever

Amsterdam, 1634; an artist (Dane DeHaan) is hired to paint a portrait of Cornelis Sandvoort (Christoph Waltz) and his young wife (Alicia Vikander), but falls madly in love with her. The co-writer of Shakespeare in Love (1998) takes on the Dutch Golden Age and its notorious tulip mania without having anything interesting to say about … Continue reading Tulip Fever

The Chronicles of Riddick

ALL THE POWER IN THE UNIVERSE CAN’T CHANGE DESTINY.  This sequel to Pitch Black (2000) brings the story five years into the future where Richard Riddick (Vin Diesel) is hunted by mercenaries and becomes involved with a strange, religious force that conquers planets. The original was more of a straightforward thriller, but this action-adventure builds … Continue reading The Chronicles of Riddick

SPECTRE

As James Bond (Daniel Craig) chases a particularly powerful villain (and shadows from his past), the British intelligence community is about to change in a way that deeply worries M (Ralph Fiennes)… The 24th Bond flick connects with the previous three, and on a deeper level with one of the most classic ingredients of Sean … Continue reading SPECTRE

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The whole gang (almost) is here for another round of love, intrigue and fun under the sun at that charming hotel for seniors near Jaipur, India. The sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) suffers from the same problems as so many others; it’s contrived, overlong and whatever points the concept has were made … Continue reading The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

My Week with Marilyn

  Young Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne) gets a foot inside a British movie studio just in time to witness the chaos behind Laurence Olivier’s new film project, which partners him with Marilyn Monroe. A very entertaining, sweet and elegant look behind the scenes of the making of The Prince and the Showgirl (1957) where two … Continue reading My Week with Marilyn

Philomena: The Searchers

THESE TWO UNLIKELY COMPANIONS ARE ON A JOURNEY TO FIND HER LONG LOST SON.    These past two months I have seen two other films by Stephen Frears, My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) and the recent HBO drama Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight. These experiences made me think of how the director’s career has evolved over the … Continue reading Philomena: The Searchers

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Get these veteran actors together and it’s hard to fail; they play six elderly Brits who relocate to a hotel in India for various reasons, ultimately hoping to improve their lives. The dialogue and the characters they play may be clichéd, but as expected the stars perform with conviction (especially Judi Dench) and that goes … Continue reading The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Skyfall: Mommie Dearest

It was at a party thrown by Hugh Jackman in 2010 that Daniel Craig ran into Sam Mendes after downing a few cocktails. Mendes was curious about the next James Bond movie and asked Craig who’s directing it. “Well, you are”, the star blurted out. It was basically just a joke between two guys who … Continue reading Skyfall: Mommie Dearest