There are multiple pleasures to be had by witnessing a powerful, still-vital woman finding unexpected late-life joy of the platonic variety.
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Victoria and Abdul

The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria's (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen's Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.

Played at

Monica Film Center, 10.27.17 - 11.09.17
Town Center 5, 10.06.17 - 11.09.17
Claremont 5, 10.06.17 - 11.09.17
NoHo 7, 10.06.17 - 10.19.17
Playhouse 7, 9.29.17 - 11.23.17
Rated PG-13
Runtime: 111 min
Language: English

Director: Stephen Frears
Cast: Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard, Michael Gambon, Simon Callow
FEATURED REVIEW: Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
The English public, it seems, treat their reigning monarchs somewhat like old, slightly out-of-fashion buildings. They mock their antiquated good taste. They notice every new chip. And then they're shocked by the horrible hole they leave behind when they disappear. No one is perhaps ...