VICTORIA & ABDUL
2017, Focus Features , 106 min, Dir: Stephen Frears

A humorous exploration of race, religion, power and the farce of Empire through the prism of an unusual and deeply moving friendship, this extraordinary true story had been deliberately hidden for a century. In 1887, Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal) travels from India to present a ceremonial medal as part of Queen Victoria’s (Judi Dench) Golden Jubilee but surprisingly finds favor with the elderly monarch. The unprecedented and unlikely relationship causes a battle royale within the royal household, pitting the queen against court and family.


THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE & HER LOVER
1989, Park Circus/Miramax, 124 min, Netherlands/UK/France, Dir: Peter Greenaway

Michael Gambon stars as a gangster who gorges himself at the restaurant he owns while his disaffected wife (Helen Mirren) plays gourmet food games in the kitchen with her lover (Alan Howard). This disturbing, visually audacious black comedy is Greenaway's unholiest masterpiece.


HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN
2004, Warner Bros., 141 min, USA/UK, Dir: Alfonso Cuaron

In their third year at Hogwarts, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron and Hermione not only face the usual teen struggles with their transition into adolescence, but they are threatened by the sinister Sirius Black (Gary Oldman), who has just escaped from Azkaban Prison. Wonderful performances by Robbie Coltrane, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, plus franchise newcomers David Thewlis, Emma Thompson and Michael Gambon.


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