The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The foul odour of imperialism isn’t too far off, yet the film manages to avoid it for the most part by simply not being concerned about the country in which it’s set at all. First and foremost it’s about a group of people nearing the end of their lives and looking back on what they’ve done; the setting is for the most part immaterial.
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New Year’s Eve

Halle Berry and Robert De Niro share what are easily the most effective scenes, however their sub-plot is wrapped up nicely in a trite little bundle that suggests their author was interested in anything but their truth. Additionally, their precious moments of worthwhile screentime are swamped by the time spent with characters played by Sarah Jessica Parker and Katherine Heigl.
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Wild Target

Grint is entertaining enough also, though his character is woefully underwritten. Martin Freeman would have to be the standout in Wild Target, if only because he gets to play a character completely different from his usual lovable loser type. As rival hitman Hector Dixon, his scenes comprise the best of the lot.
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