When Judi Dench & Co. Revisited ‘Marigold Hotel’

As The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel comes to DVD and Blu-ray, you’d think making a sequel to the smash 2011 original must have been a foregone conclusion. Not so. In fact, back in 2011 it seemed especially unlikely to director John Madden and his all-star cast as they struggled to film the last scene of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Everyone was gathered in a sun-bleached hotel courtyard that offered nothing but difficult camera angles and tough lighting challenges. One …

Exotic Marigold Hotel: Let’s Check Back In!

Celia Imrie — romance-minded Madge Hardcastle in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) — says people turned out for that movie because “it touched an audience that had never had a film so directed at their time of life. It was all about tackling a new adventure as a lovely way to end your days.” With the sequel (waggishly titled The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) set to debut on March 6, I made my way to Claridge’s Hotel in …

Beauty Folktales

So I’m at a concert by legendary folksinger Suzanne Vega (right) at Purchase College last week and what’s going through my head? Is it those earworm first lyrics from her “Tom’s Diner”? (You remember: “I am sitting / In the morning / At the diner / On the corner …”) Nope; it’s the notion that sometimes I sound exactly like my mother. Sporting a black blazer and skinny jeans, Vega (now 55) looked, sounded and moved like her 25-year-old self. …

Movies for Grownups Gala: A Very Starry Night

It was a night for classic Hollywood star power to blend with the youthful glow of filmmaking’s future as the 13th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards Gala unfolded in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Monday. Nine Oscar hopefuls and a parade of entertainment legends took the stage at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel to celebrate Susan Sarandon, Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and other winners of this year’s awards, announced in the February/March issue of AARP The Magazine. Along with celebrating movies made …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview Nov. 27

Thanksgiving weekend is a wonderful chance to hang with your family-and when you’ve had enough of that, you might want to escape to the movies. The weather is going to be terrible in the Eastern U.S. the next few days; all the more reason to catch up on some of the best films of the season.   Frozen By now the animation wizards at Disney have this spunky-young-woman-defeats-evil thing down pat, but the real reason to duck into this film …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview Nov. 22

The box office crown will certainly  land on the new Hunger Games installment; but we’re betting the quiet story of a simple woman seeking the fate of her son will ultimately be remembered more fondly. Philomena In a season of extraordinary acting accomplishments, Judi Dench gives the performance of a lifetime as the title character, a woman seeking the son she gave up as a child. Steve Coogan, who also wrote the film’s moving and disarmingly funny script, costars as …