Philomena (2013)

Starring: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Anna Maxwell Martin, Ruth McCabe, Barbara Jefford, Mare Winningham, Michelle Fairley, Kate Fleetwood, Peter Hermann Directed by: Stephen Frears PG-13. 94 mins A formulaic, but resonant depiction of injustice and the various ways in which people respond to such seemingly unforgivable events. Based on the 2009 investigative…

Skyfall (2012)

Starring: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe, Albert Finney, Judi Dench Directed by: Sam Mendes PG-13. 145 mins An elegant and riveting addition to the franchise; Skyfall celebrates Bond’s 50th anniversary in style. This time around, we see Bond (Daniel Craig) in an existential crisis after he is shot down in the field, leading…

Notes on a Scandal (2006)

Starring: Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett, Bill Nighy, Andrew Simpson, Phil Davis, Michael Maloney Directed by: Richard Eyre R. 91 mins A fearless and compelling psychological thriller that proves words can be our most violent weapon. Based on Zoe Levitt’s novel, Notes on a Scandal is a thrilling tale of jealousy and revenge. Judi Dench plays…

Die Another Day (2002)

Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, Toby Stephens, Rosamund Pike, Rick Yune, Judi Dench, Madonna Directed by: Lee Tamahori PG-13. 130 mins A film so over-the-top that it’s cold as ice. Pierce Brosnan makes his fourth appearance as super-spy James Bond in this explosive cheese-fest. While on assignment in North Korea, Bond is held captive for…

The Shipping News (2001)

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore, Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett, Gordon Pinsent, Pete Postelthwaite, Scott Glenn, Rhys Ifans Directed by: Lasse Hallström R. 111 mins. Based on the Pulitzer-Prize winning novel by E. Annie Proulx, The Shipping News carefully explores how one’s environment is central to character development. The story follows Quoyle (Kevin Spacey), a depressed journalist…

Chocolat (2000)

Starring: Juliette Binoche, Alfred Molina, Carrie-Anne Moss, Judi Dench, Lena Olin, Johnny Depp, Peter Stormare Directed by: Lasse Hallström PG-13. 121mins. Charming and contains all the whimsy that one associates with the French, Chocolat is predictable fantasy with some serious undertones. Based on the novel by Joanne Harris, the film stars Juliette Binoche as Vianne, a…

The World is Not Enough (1999)

Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Sophie Marceau, Robert Carlyle, Denise Richards, Robbie Coltrane, Samantha Bond, Desmond Llewelyn, John Cleese, Judi Dench Directed by: Michael Apted PG-13. 125 mins A formulaic, yet highly entertaining entry in the escapist Bond series. Pierce Brosnan returns as James Bond, the world’s greatest secret agent. With control of the world’s oil supply at…