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Judi Dench was nom­i­nated for an Acad­emy Award for play­ing Queen Vic­to­ria in 1997’s Mrs. Brown. This se­quel (of sorts) finds Dench in the role once more, play­ing the queen later in life. The story, based on a book by Shra­bani Basu, fo­cuses on her un­likely and con­tro­ver­sial re­la­tion­ship with her In­dian ser­vant, Ab­dul Karim (Ali Fazal), in the late 1880s and 1890s. The film is di­rected by Stephen Frears, who knows his way around roy­alty, hav­ing helmed 2006’s The Queen. Rated PG-13. 112 min­utes. Vi­o­let Crown. (Not re­viewed)

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