Sequels and a belated 80’s thriller made for passable entertainment this week with the most original ideas coming from a low budget horror flick that got a token release to some theaters.
THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL – This sequel to the art house “dramadey “about English seniors lured into retiring at a struggling hotel in India is a light treat. The veteran cast returns but this time the focus is on laughs as they adjust to life in India and enjoy romantic flings . Richard Gere joins the cast and as an American businessman who might have a plan for the hotel . the seasoned cast has fun and includes Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Dev Patel and Bill Nighy.
PAIL BLART :MALL COP II – Is it just me or does this comedy deserve the sub heading ‘Electric Boogaloo’? Kevin James is back as the well meaning Mall cop who tends to take more punishment from irate shoppers than thieves. this time he is sent to Las Vegas for a Mall Cop Convention(surprisingly the only plot point I struggled with is that Mall police actually have conventions)> There is some mistaken identity nonsense, a group of professional thieves , and even a kidnapping as we are treated t family friendly fart humor. James may not be a critical darling but he sure delivers the laughs .
IT FOLLOWS – Original horror yarns are rare but this one has an awesome gimmick. Suppose the curse that follows and kills you can only be transmitted through sexual contact. Thought provoking terror ensues as a one night stand bestows this awful gift on a young woman who must then figure out how to get rid of it while running away . A decent strategy but don’t forget the title- a more permanent solution has to be considered because nobody can run forever.
BORDERLINE – A lot of cool Charles Bronson vehicles form the 80’s are still in DVD limbo but this effort is finally escaping onto the format. Here Chuck plays a border cop trying to halt traffic from Tijuana. he is aided by partner Wilford Brimley and opposed by an evil mercenary played by a young Ed Harris. This got high marks for actual Border Cops who preferred it to the Jack Nicholson flick ,’the Border.” Now if only they would release ‘Cabo Blanco.”
Tom Doty is a columnist for The Floyd County Times.