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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A Few Best Men

As with most comedies, the best roles are the supporting ones, and in this case it’s Kris Marshall who steals the show as one of the titular Best Men, Tom. Despite the fact that he’s clearly too old for the role, his characterisation of a laidback yet witty stoner is the best part of the film.
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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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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

It’s hard to pick standouts from such a fantastic ensemble, but my favourites include Alison Pill as Scott’s ex and drummer in his band, Kieran Culkin as Scott’s gay roommate, and Ellen Wong as Knives Chau, Scott’s high school girlfriend.
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