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WATCH LIST: MARCH 2015

Judi Dench in 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.' Laurie Sparham, © 2014 Fox Searchlight

By Observer Staff

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
DIRECTED BY JOHN MADDEN, STARRING MAGGIE SMITH, BILL NIGHY AND JUDI DENCH (Blueprint Pictures/Participant Media)

With his first hotel for the elderly and beautiful nearly at capacity, Sonny (Dev Patel) dreams of expansion, but his upcoming nuptials leave little time for property scouting. Meanwhile, the arrival of Guy (Richard Gere) creates a buzz at the hotel. As relationships blossom and falter, Muriel (Maggie Smith) keeps tabs on everyone’s secrets. March 6

A Measure of Light
BY BETH POWNING (Knopf Canada)


Fleeing persecution in Elizabethan England, Mary Dyer finds Puritan Massachusetts just as cruelly conformist as the world she’s escaped. When her faith puts her in conflict with authorities, she decides to live by her convictions whatever the cost. Based on the true story of one of America’s first Quakers, this dramatic work of historical fiction shows New Brunswick author Beth Powning at her lyrical best. March 10

Merchants of Doubt
DIRECTED BY ROBERT KENNER (Participant Media)

Six decades ago, tobacco companies strove to persuade the public that smoking was good for you, despite scientific evidence to the contrary. Their efforts delayed government action for years. Today, fossil fuel interests are using the same disinformation tactics to spread confusion and denial about climate change. Food, Inc. director Robert Kenner shines a light on the doubt industry. March 20

Between the Dark and the Daylight: Embracing the Contradictions of Life
BY JOAN CHITTISTER (Image)

A book for the long night of the soul, Between the Dark and the Daylight explores the questions lurking in the depths of our “inner underworld,” the moments of confusion when our lives feel out of joint. With insight and empathy, Benedictine nun Joan Chittister clears a path through the chaos. By embracing uncertainty, she argues, we open our hearts to possibility. March 31


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