Victoria & Abdul (PG)
Twenty years after Dame Judi Dench beautifully captured the aching loneliness of Queen Victoria in Mrs Brown, the diminutive national treasure slips back into regal garb for Stephen Frears’s heartwarming comedy drama torn from a long-lost page in history. It’s 1887 and Queen Victoria is Empress of India, though she’s never visited the domain. In Agra, two lowly men – Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal) and Mohammed (Adeel Akhtar) – are chosen by British authorities to present the monarch with a ceremonial gold coin called a mohur. They travel to Windsor Castle, where Abdul catches Victoria’s eye and is rapidly promoted to the monarch’s spiritual adviser or “Munshi”.
The Jungle Bunch (U)
A maniacal koala bear with delusions of grandeur threatens the safety of creatures great and small. Based on a French TV series, David Alaux’s jaunty computer-animated adventure follows in the paw prints of a menagerie of brightly coloured tales populated by anthropomorphised critters including Zootropolis, Sing and Kung Fu Panda. Animal magic? Sadly not.