A perfect mystery jumps the rails in the star-studded Murder On The Orient Express

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Shot on 65mm, the new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic Murder On The Orient Express is diverting and glitzy; one should expect no less from a locked-room mystery set on board a luxury train in the mid-1930s. But suspense remains a foreign concept for actor-director Kenneth Branagh. His erratic direction—more…

Judi Dench on how she prepared—or didn't—to play Queen Victoria for the second time

Victoria & Abdul depicts the relationship between Queen Victoria, played by Judi Dench, and her servant Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal). Funnily enough, this is the second time Dench has played Victoria, the first time being in the 1997 film Mrs. Brown, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award. In the video above, we…

Judi Dench is queen for yet another day in the tepid Victoria And Abdul

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Is Victoria And Abdul a genteel arthouse version of the 20-years-later sequel? It’s not from the same creative team that delivered 1997’s Mrs. Brown, in which Judi Dench played Queen Victoria in a close relationship with a Scottish servant. But it does feature Dench playing Queen Victoria again—and again forging an…

Dame Judi Dench now rapping, carrying a fidget spinner, probably vaping

Dame Judi Dench stays on her grind like ’09 Gucci Mane, currently riding the publicity waves of last month’s Tulip Fever, this month’s Oscar-luring Victoria & Abdul, and, later this year, Kenneth Branagh’s Murder On The Orient Express. The tiny, beloved actress cannot stop hustling, which helps to explain why she…