I have to start this week’s column by correcting a major oversight from last week. I completely missed mentioning The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was playing at the Paramount Theatre.
(I do have a good excuse for the oversight—I am busy at the new Landmark 8 Cinemas on the Westside helping get it ready for an opening that is only a few weeks away.)
Directed by John Madden (Shakespeare in Love), it follows a group of British retirees who decide to outsource their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Their dreams of a life of leisure at the newly restored Marigold Hotel are quickly dashed when they discover that the palace is a shell of its former self.
Though the lifestyle is less luxurious than they imagined, the shared experience transforms them, discovering that life and love can begin again when you let go of the past.
The mostly British cast includes Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy.
While Battleship was not expected to knock The Avengers out of the number one spot, its $25-million opening has to be a disappointment as it cost over $200 million to make (however, it has grossed over $200 million internationally).
Other disappointments are The Dictator, which came up almost $13 million short of Sacha Baron Cohen’s last over-the-top comedy Brüno and What to Expect While You’re Expecting, which only delivered (pun intended) a $10.5-million opening weekend, even though it featured an all-star cast.
This week could be a different story as the black suits are coming back.
Ten years after the last movie and 15 years after the original, Men in Black 3 reunites Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, director Barry Sonnenfeld and executive producer Steven Spielberg.
In this instalment, MIB field agent J (Smith) learns that Agent K’s (Jones) life and the fate of the Earth are at stake. He must time-travel to 1969 to stop an alien criminal from assassinating a young Agent K and changing history.
As if that was not challenging enough, he must do so within 24 hours or he will be trapped in the past.
Joining the cast is Emma Thompson and Josh Brolin as young Agent K.
Your first chance to see Men in Black 3 is tonight at midnight.
The Chernobyl Diaries is a horror film from writer-producer Oren Peli, the creator of Paranormal Activity.
The film follows a group of six young tourists who are looking for something a little different on their vacation. What they get is a tour guide who takes them into the deserted city of Prypiat, the former home of the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor 25 years ago. After a brief exploration of the city, the group soon find themselves stranded, and discover they are being hunted by people mutated by the nuclear blast.