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PHILOMENA Judi Dench Steve Coogan

It’s impossible to doubt Judi Dench, but it’s easy to underestimate her. The acclaimed actress and former M in the 007 franchise, Dench rarely, if ever, gives a bad performance. She’s just one of those talents that’s confident and concise. However, in “Philomena,” she’s extraordinary, performing at such a level of emotional communication, it’s startling to witness, making a simple, minor mystery riveting as she commands the screen with her subtlety. Co-star Steve Coogan makes a fine partner in the movie, with the pair developing a sense of intimacy and trust that helps the story find its footing as a tear-jerking, eye-opening journey of a broken heart. Read the rest at


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