8 March 2012 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A quiet revolution is afoot: older people are flocking to cinemas. But they don't care for special effects. They want big characters, grown-up dramas and tales of late-blooming love. And so Hollywood's changing its game ...

Until recently, cinemas were seen as pretty much a no-go zone for older people. There might be the occasional "silver screening" in a teatime slot, but the rest of the time noisy youngsters would hold sway – crunching popcorn, spilling Coke on the floor and texting during the show. On screen, vampires, aliens, superheroes, childish fantasy, gross-out comedy or preposterous spectacle would probably prevail.

All of the above are still in evidence, but different fare has also come to the fore. In The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel a cast of ageing national treasures grapple with the tribulations of later life. Grown-up dramas such as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Descendants, The Ides of March, The Iron Lady »

- David Cox

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