Lady in the Van, The (2015; UK; DeLuxe; 104m) ∗∗∗½ d. Nicholas Hytner; w. Alan Bennett; ph. Andrew Dunn; m. George Fenton. Cast: Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Jim Broadbent, Dominic Cooper, James Corden, Frances de la Tour, Samuel Anderson, Gwen Taylor, Rosalind Knight, George Taylor. Based on real events, about a vagrant who the playwright Alan Bennett allowed to park her van in his driveway, where she lived for fifteen years. Amusing, if slight, character study is chiefly memorable for Smith’s brilliant performance as the eccentric lady of the title. Bennett’s wry observations on life and himself are witty and droll.