Blockbuster DVDs of the week

Undated Film Still Handout from The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Pictured: Judi Dench as Evelyn. See PA Feature DVD DVD Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature DVD DVD Reviews.

Undated Film Still Handout from The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Pictured: Judi Dench as Evelyn. See PA Feature DVD DVD Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature DVD DVD Reviews.

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (12 – Dir: John Madden – Stars: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Dev Patel)

A medley of middle class English folk have fallen on hard times as they set off – their preferences and prejudices well honed down the years - for a holiday in what they fondly imagine to be a throw-back to the old Raj.

Sadly, India’s economic miracle has passed by The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which is as crumbly as they are. Indian too is a bit of a shock. It’s so dusty and noisy, and quick.

But, as many have discovered before, it begins to work its charm and little by little those prejudices fall away ... not before causing a few wobbles of the English stiff upper lip.

The stellar cast put in a magical stint in a real heart warmer, and best of all is probably Slum Dog Millionaire star Patel as the frantic but irresistible manager.

8/10

Ghost Rider (12 – Dir: Taylor/Neveldine - Stars: Nicholas Cage, Ciaran Hinds, Idris Elba)

Cage is back in the coolest of leathers and on seriously over-heating bikes for his clash with El Diablo.

He’s Johnny Blaze, cursed to endure a red hot alter-ego who emerges when things get tense to consume all before him. This time the Marvel comic hero takes on both The Devil and The Devil Jr., his son.

The evil one needs to get the youngster to carry on the mischief-making in millennia hence because the human form the dad has taken on is beginning to fray at the edges.

Ghost Rider is a gritty CGI/motion capture fun fantasy interspersed with sharp performances and packed with great sets, stunts and punchy one-liners.

7/10

A Dangerous Method (15 – Dir: David Cronenberg – Stars: Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightly, Viggo Mortensen)

Pioneering psychiatrist Carl Jung (Fassbender) is treating severely disturbed patient Sabina Spielrein (Knightly) when the intimacy of the new method threatens to destroy his career, his marriage, and his professional relationship with mentor Sigmund Freud (Mortensen).

Cronenberg’s film is an unflinching and disturbing biopic of the characters at the birth of psychoanalysis.

7/10