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    ‘Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ does not require checking out

    Ishika Mohan

    Based on the 2004 novel “These Foolish Things” by Deborah Moggach and directed with sturdy dullness by John Madden (“Shakespeare in Love,” “The Debt”), “Hotel” briskly introduces us to its main characters and their problems. Evelyn (Judi Dench) is a recent widow struggling to learn to live for herself. Doug (Bill Nighy) and Jean (Penelope Wilton) are an old married couple, he shyly adventurous and she complaining. (Wilton’s even more persnickety here than as Mrs. Crawley on “Downton Abbey.”)