The Hundred-Foot Journey

A Muslim family, fleeing religious persecution in India, land in a French alpine village and dare to open a restaurant across the street from a Michelin-starred place that’s commanded by a haughty old widow (Helen Mirren). Produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey and directed by the reliably complacent Lasse Halström (Chocolat, Dear John), this middlebrow drama delivers just what you’d expect from such a trio: two hours of yummy dishes and nonthreatening ethnics. I’ll spare you my usual rant about the decadence of foodies, but it should be obvious by now that, despite their discerning tastes, the movies catering to them are the artistic equivalent of dinner at the Olive Garden. Screenwriter Steven Knight (Eastern Promises, Dirty Pretty Things) adapted a best-selling first novel by former Forbes correspondent Richard C. Morais; among the cast are Om Puri, Manish Dayal, and Charlotte Le Bon.