1 VICTORIA & ABDUL STARRING: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal
Effortlessly regal as ever, Dench robes up to play Queen Victoria in her swan-song years, frail but still a force to be reckoned with, as her household discovers to their horror when she encounters charmer Abdul (Bollywood star Fazal)—a servant! and a Muslim!—and makes him her confidante. As directed by Stephen Frears (who shepherded Dench to an Oscar nomination for 2013’s Philomena), this odd coupling is genuinely entertaining. (Out now)
The film is based on Abdul’s diaries, which were only unearthed in 2010.