RED JOAN – Review by Cynthia Fuchs

Based on the real-life story of Melita Norwood, arrested for being a KGB intelligence source, by way of Jennie Rooney’s 2013 novel, the screenplay by Lindsay Shapero makes clear enough that the “spy granny” upset lots of people. It also makes clear a series of clichés, including Joan’s initial recruitment by a conventionally exotic Communist, Sonya , who enters her Cambridge dorm room window in order to avoid being caught following an escapade with a boy.

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RED JOAN – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

Is sweet little elderly English librarian Judi Dench a spy for the KGB?! There’s a lot of hot-button stuff going on in the loosely based-on-a-true-story Red Joan, from Marxist radicalization at Cambridge University in the late 1930s through sexism at Britain’s atomic-bomb project during World War II and into the Cold War…

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TEA WITH THE DAMES – Review by Martha K Baker

In the midst of movies that call for blood, curses, and mayhem, “em>Tea with the Dames offers those ingredients elegantly and eloquently from dames of the British realm who are also stars of stage and screen. At tea are Dame and Lady Joan Plowright, Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench, and Dame Eileen Atkins.Tea with the Dames is literate, funny, poignant, a respite and a reminder. Utterly delicious, this tea with Champagne with the Dames.

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TIFF 2017: Of Evil Mothers, Courageous Women and Oscars Buzz!– Julide Tanriverdi reports

Actresses showed impressive range in a variety of roles at this year’s TIFF. Sure, people were talking about the incredible

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