Mini Review - Philomena

Philomena (out Dec 26) follows an investigative journalist who tries to help a woman track down a son she was forced to give up for adoption almost 50 years ago. Not only is the film an interesting real-life drama, it also works as a buddy comedy thanks to the versatile performances of both Steve Coogan and Judi Dench. It offers laughs, tears and a few surprises. Grade: A.