Tag Archives: Judi Dench

Murder On The Orient Express (2017). Film Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Penelope Cruz, Willem Defoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odem, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Marwan Kenzari, Olivia Colman, Lucy Boynton, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Sergei Polunin, Tom Bateman, Miranda Raison, Paapa Essiedu, Michael Rouse, Joseph Long, Elliot Levey, David Annen, Kathryn Wilder, Phil Dunster.

It is a story that evokes images that many of us will never see, never experience and one that captures the raw cold hate of many emotions, as well as the beauty of the scenery that is on offer as one of the most famous pieces of engineering takes its passengers through Europe.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Film Review. Picturehouse@F.A.C.T., Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Cast: Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Judi Dench, Dev Patel, Richard Gere, Penelope Wilton, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup, David Strathairn, Tasmin Greig, Tina Desai, Lillete Dubey, Diane Hardcastle, Shazad Latif, Zachary Coffin, Christy Meyer, Seema Azmi, Danny Mahoney, Denzil Smith, Eddie Bagayawa, Rajesh Tailang, Avijit Dutt, Gary Tantony.

Esio Trot, Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Judi Dench, James Corden, Richard Cordrey, Lara Rossi, Pixie Davies, Katie Lyons, Jimmy Akingbola, Pik Sen Lim, Polly Kemp, Geoffrey McGivern, Lisa Hammond, Arran Mitra, Alexander Bracq, Joseph West, James Thomas Scott, Anna Cannings, Leo Umeh, Emily Ralph.

Philomena, Film Review. FACT Cinema, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Cast: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Mare Winningham, Michelle Fairley, Neve Gachev, Charlie Murphy, Simone Lahbib, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Charles Edwards. Xavier Atkins, Wunmi Mosaku, Alan Davis.

True stories that are given celluloid treatment usually veer into the realms of films that gloss over certain aspects of life just in case it upsets someone of a particular calling, not so in the case of Philomena. This is a film that doesn’t shy away from the monstrous way in which some girls were treated in Ireland when they became pregnant.

Skyfall, Film Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

Cast: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe, Albert Finney, Rory Kinnear, Helen McCrory, Ola Rapace, Ben Whishaw.

There will be detractors of Skyfall, there always is and always will be when it comes to the James Bond film series. There will be those that call them archaic, a remnant of an era that no longer exists. They give it disparaging names and in less than polite circles pat themselves on the back for being able to condemn a film for representing certain social stereotypes and they will point to America at leading the way in how these types of films should be presented. Never mind the film, forget everything you have seen on the screen. It is easier to denounce both film and main actor when there is an axe to grinds somewhere.