THE CROWN Season 5 – Review by Susan Granger

Unfortunately, the fifth season of The Crown is tarnished, not only because it documents a low-point or ‘annus horribilis’ in Queen Elizabeth’s reign but primarily because of inept casting. What’s most revealing is how Egyptian multimillionaire Mohamad Al Fayed (Salim Daw) hired King Edward VIII’s Bahamian valet, dignified Sidney Johnson (Jude Akuuwudike), to teach him British customs/manners, enabling Al Fayed to introduce Diana to his movie producer son Dodi.

Read more

AWFJ Movie of the Week, June 1-7: TESTAMENT OF YOUTH

Opening June 5, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Testament of Youth, featuring a stunning performance by up and coming star Alicia Vikander as a young British woman coming of age during World War I. The character is as heroic as the soldiers who are serving in battle. Read on…

Read more

AWFJ Movie of the Week, Sept. 22-28: PRIDE

Opening Sept. 26, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Pride, based on a true story of a group of gay and lesbian activists who raised money to support mineworkers’ families during the 1984 union strike. Directed by Matthew Warchus and written by Stephen Beresford, the movie features Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West and Paddy Considine in an uplifting, crowd-pleasing story in the vein of The Full Monty and Billy Elliot. Read on…

Read more