Jay Allen Sanford 1 p.m., May 4
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
More tales of love and impending death among English retirees in India. This time around, the story is driven by the young proprietor Sonny (Dev Patel), who is simultaneously preparing to marry his fiancee and expand his hospitality empire. His ambition for the latter tends to overshadow his devotion to the former, with predictable results. Meanwhile, his aging clientele wrestles with issues of commitment, complicated pasts, failing health, and fickle hearts. There are perhaps a couple more storylines than two hours can successfully tie up, and more than one scene feels like it's there just to give these old lions a chance to sport about a bit. But there's a sweetness to the proceedings that never quite overpowers the melancholy of maturity, and a sympathy for human frailty that stops just short of suggesting that anything goes once everything starts to go. With Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, and Richard Gere. 2015.
- "It's just death" • March 4, 2015