Midweek movie review round-up

Dev Patel as Sonny and Judi Dench as Evelyn in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
Dev Patel as Sonny and Judi Dench as Evelyn in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

A round-up of the latest film releases to help you decide what to watch at the cinema, plus you can view the latest trailers.

THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL (12A)

Evelyn (Judi Dench) is coming to terms with solitude in her twilight years and abandons Britain for the balmier climes of Jaipur and a grand retirement home. En route, Evelyn meets six other retirees all bound for this “luxury development for residents in their golden years”: cantankerous wheelchair user Muriel (Maggie Smith) heading to India for a hip operation, waspish snob Jean (Penelope Wilton) and her long-suffering husband Douglas (Bill Nighy); retired judge Graham (Tom Wilkinson); incorrigible ladies’ man Norman (Ronald Pickup); and love-hungry spinster Madge (Celia Imrie). When the exhausted travellers arrive at their destination, they discover a building in disrepair and an inexperienced manager, Sonny (Dev Patel), struggling to keep the creditors off his back.

Rating: 9/10

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SAFE HOUSE (15)

Agent Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) is caretaker of a CIA safe house in Johannesburg. But his humdrum routine is thrown into disarray by the arrival of grizzled agent Daniel Kiefer (Robert Patrick) with a prisoner: rogue operative Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington). In the middle of a highly charged interrogation a gang attack rhe house and Matt escapes the hail of bullets with Tobin in the boot of his car – starting a protracted game of cat and mouse through the streets of South Africa.

Rating: It’s 24 with S African accents. 7/10

ONE FOR THE MONEY (12A)

A fast-paced comedy about a young woman forced to re-evaluate her life to make ends meet. Stephanie Plum (Katherine Heigl) is out of work and out of luck. So she turns in desperation to her shady cousin Vinnie (Patrick Fischler), who runs a bail bond company. Without any training Stephanie goes to work chasing down men and women who have skipped bail, beginning with her high school old flame Joe Morelli (Jason O’Mara), a former vice cop who is now wanted for murder.

Rating: One for the remainder rack. 5/10

BLACK GOLD (12A)

The West’s insatiable hunger for oil ignites a bitter conflict between rival Arabian tribes in this sweeping and timely historical drama, adapted from Hans Ruesch’s classic novel The Great Thirst and directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. At the turn of the 20th century, the war between two Emirs, Nesib (Antonio Banderas) and Amar (Mark Strong), has claimed many lives. The men broker a truce, using Amar’s two sons, Saleh and his bookish younger brother Auda, as collateral.

Rating: Catch it whilst you can. 6/10

GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE 3D (12A)

Nicolas Cage reprises his role as a motorcycle rider condemned to do the devil’s bidding in this action-driven sequel directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. Johnny Blaze (Cage) is wrestling with the curse of Ghost Rider and he goes into exile, hoping to keep his fiery alter ego under wraps. But things don’t go to plan when good friend and sidekick Moreau (Idris Elba) unexpectedly makes contact to ask for help protecting a gifted child called Danny.

Rating: Hell bent on another sequel. 2/10

THE WOMAN IN BLACK (12A)

Solicitor Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) is haunted by the death of his wife and seeks refuge in his love for their three-year-old son but his work suffers as a consequence. He’s despatched to the remote village of Crythin Gifford where he must prove himself by attending to the papers of the recently deceased owner of Eel Marsh House. The locals try to ward him off with tales of a mysterious woman dressed all in black, who is blamed for the deaths of children in the village.

Rating: Be afraid, be very afraid. 6/10

THE ARTIST (PG)

Writer-director Michel Hazanavicius steps back in time to the golden age of silent films, when handsome and romantically unattached screen idol George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is setting hearts aflutter. On the set of his latest production, George meets aspiring starlet Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo) and he is smitten. With the advent of sound, George’s fortunes wane and Peppy’s star ascends to the delight of cigar-smoking studio boss Zimmer (John Goodman).

Rating: Silence is truly golden. 9/10