RED JOAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Trevor Nunn Stars: Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Ben Miles, Stephen Campbell Moore, Tereza Srbova, Tom Hughes, Kevin Fuller, Ciaran Owens. We first meet octogenarian widow Joan Stanley (played by Judi Dench) when MI5 agents arrest her in her own home and charge her with treason. An elderly retired librarian she is the last person one would suspect of being a spy. As she is interrogated and tries to defend her choice, Joan’s story unfolds in a series of lengthy flashback sequences. In 1938 Joan (played by Sophie Cookson, from Continue reading

MADAME

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Amanda Sthers Stars: Toni Collette, Harvey Keitel, Rossy de Palma, Michael Smiley, Tom Hughes. This slightly disappointing romantic comedy explores themes of class, status, prejudice, family, societal privilege, romance and the possibility of happy endings in real life. Anne (Toni Collette) and Bob (Harvey Keitel) are a married couple who divide their time between New York and their lavish home in Paris. But times are tough for the former golf instructor, and Bob is being forced to reluctantly sell a Continue reading