Back in ‘Black’

Will Smith returns to movies in ‘MiB3,’ 
plus ‘Exotic Marigold Hotel,’ ‘Battleship’

By Lori Hoffman

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While the summer season is dominated by movies designed for the youth audience, the Baby Boomer crowd is still a pretty big chunk of the general population and will come out in force when a movie is designed to please them. Hence the success of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a dramedy set in a dilapidated hotel in India for “beautiful seniors” that features a who’s who of British thespians including Maggie Smith, Judy Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Penelope Wilton and Celia Imrie. Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) also stars as the eager-to-please young owner of the establishment. Directed by John Madden (Shakespeare in Love), the wonderful cast manages to find nuggets of laughter, hope and sadness in a story about the notion that being older doesn’t mean you lose your zest for life.

You Sunk My ‘Battleship’

If you expected something outstanding from a movie based on a popular game, what have you been smoking? Liam Neeson fans, beware: it’s the old bait and switch tactic as he has barely more than a cameo role in this alien invasion saga that stars Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Rihanna and Brooklyn Decker. Directed by Peter Berg (Very Bad Things, Hancock), the action sequences look like they could be outtakes from the Transformer movies. If that excites you, this is the movie for you. Otherwise it’s lame and forgettable. 

Men in Black III **½

Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld; rated PG-13

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel **½

Directed by John Madden; rated PG-13

Battleship *½

Directed by Peter Berg; rated PG-13

Brolin and Smith in ‘MiB 3’

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