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17-Feb-2017

'The Lego Batman Movie': High on energy, low on taste

An action thriller, this edition of the Lego film is a far cry from its original.It fails to raise the creative bar that was so enthusiastically raised by its directors way back in 2014. Nevertheless, crammed with numerous, adrenaline charged and emotionally...

17-Feb-2017

'Silence': A punishing masterpiece

5 stars? Or no stars at all? It is impossible for me to rate Martin Scorcese's latest film -- a monumental achievement, by all means. Though it's undoubtedly a masterpiece, I hated it. The film is an extended prolonged painful repetitive and frequently...

17-Feb-2017

'Moonlight': A pretentious triptych tableaux

Designed as an art house film, "Moonlight" is a universal tale about self-discovery, connection, sexuality and masculinity. It sheds light on the plight of gay men who struggle with their sexuality and identity, especially when living in a masculine environment.It...

17-Feb-2017

'John Wick: Chapter 2': Action-packed and thrilling

Very rarely do sequels create an impact as the original, but in the case of "John Wick: Chapter 2", the intensity surpasses its predecessor. It excels as a scaled-up action thriller about John Wick, "the man, the myth and the legend".Literally, from the very...

16-Feb-2017

'Moonlight': Emotionally shattering experience

Watching "Moonlight" is akin to getting into the skin of these unfathomably unhappy people. The film has no formal structure. It cuts sharply into slices from the protagonist's life and leaves the shards and splinters strewn across the narration for us to stumble...

16-Feb-2017

'Hidden Figures': An easily digestible feel good film

Based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly, "Hidden Figures" is a biological drama that pays tribute to remarkable Afro-American women who broke colour and gender barriers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).Set...

15-Feb-2017 Los Angeles

Black Widow right for stand-alone : Scarlett Johansson

Actress Scarlett Johansson thinks her "Avengers" character Black Widow is right for a stand-alone movie.The 32-year-old stars as Natasha Romanoff, also known as Black Widow, in the Marvel Comics ensemble movie franchise and has "talked" with Marvel official...

13-Feb-2017 Berlin

Politics of hate, division so prevalent today : Gurinder Chadha

British filmmaker of Sikh origin Gurinder Chadha finds a lot of similarities between current events like Brexit and the US President Donald Trump's election and the 1947 Partition of the Indian subcontinent. She says politics of "hate and division" is very much...

10-Feb-2017

'Rings': One of the scarce scary scare fests

A nervous-looking man shares his fears with a co-passenger as a plane is about to take off. No, it's not fear of flying. It's fear of dying. He has watched a cursed video cassette which predicts death for the viewer within seven days.And now those seven...

10-Feb-2017 New Delhi

Would be fun to watch Indian adaptation of 'Suits': Rick Hoffman

Actor Rick Hoffman, who stars in "Suits", says he would "absolutely" like to watch an Indian version of the US legal drama TV series.The country's small screen fans have seen Indian adaptations of popular American TV shows like "24" and "Everybody Loves Raymond"....

03-Feb-2017

'Resident Evil: The Final Chapter': A loud snooze fest

"The Final Chapter" is the sixth and final installment of the action packed, sci-fiction horror "Resident Evil" film series, which is loosely based on a video game series of the same name.The six films made over a span of fifteen years, were all written and...

03-Feb-2017

'The Great Wall': A Great Mess

In the mood for some Chinese feud? Avoid this film as such an awful movie can only be the result of either criminal carelessness or overweening ambitions.Said to be the most expensive film to have ever been shot in China , this work of mythological mayhem...

02-Feb-2017

'The Great Wall': An affectless effect-laden extravaganza

Director Zhang Yimou's "The Great Wall" is an epic spectacle of warfare, action sequences and fantasy, grandly mounted with excellent cinematography and equally brilliant visual effects. But unfortunately, with a bland, formulaic story with no major inciting...

31-Jan-2017 Washington

Mismanaged Muslim ban makes us look stupid : Schwarzennegar

Arnold Schwarzenegger has said that President Donald Trump's ban on entry of citizens from seven Muslim majority countries makes the US "look stupid".Schwarzenegger, who was Governor of California for eight years, said the White House was "ill-prepared to put...

26-Jan-2017 Mumbai

Indian producer keen to make film with Jackie Chan

Actor Jackky Bhagnanis sister and producer Deepshikha Deshmukh had a fan-girl moment when she met international cine icon Jackie Chan here recently. She says it will be a dream come true to make a film with him.Chan was in India to promote his forthcoming...

24-Jan-2017 Los Angeles

89th Oscars: 'La La Land' lands 14 nominations, Rahman out of race

Hollywood romantic musical comedy-drama film "La La Land" is nominated across 14 categories -- equalling a record previously set by "Titanic" and "All About Eve" -- for the 89th Academy Awards, it was announced here on Tuesday. Indian composer A.R. Rahman missed...

24-Jan-2017 Mumbai

Jackie Chan meets Salman Khan

Legendary action star Jackie Chan, who is here to promote his forthcoming film "Kung Fu Yoga", met Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, during his visit.Salman posted a photograph with the "Rush Hour" star from their meeting on Monday. The image shows the two actors...

23-Jan-2017 Mumbai

I want to do a Bollywood film : Jackie Chan

Iconic actor and filmmaker Jackie Chan, who arrived here on Monday for promoting his upcoming Sino-Indian film "Kung Fu Yoga", says he would like to act in Bollywood films and loves Indian culture, food and people."I want to do a Bollywood film, is there any...

19-Jan-2017

'The Bye Bye Man': Poorly written and executed

"The Bye Bye Man" is a psychological thriller that has gone terribly wrong.The film is about how an evil entity appears or gains control over its victims. The film works on the premise that controlling one's thoughts can be a real challenge. The simple act...

14-Jan-2017 Mumbai

Oops! Vin Diesel says Ranveer is Deepika's 'boyfriend'

They have kept mum about their relationship status, but actors Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone couldn't stop Hollywood star Vin Diesel from giving out their dating secret while he was on his maiden India trip.Diesel was here on a two-day trip to promote...

14-Jan-2017

'Live By Night': An engrossing period drama

Based on the 2012 novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane, "Live By Night" is a period crime drama that is designed like an old school gangster film.Set in the 1920s post World War I, it is the tale of an honest policeman's son, Joe Coughlin, who returns home...

14-Jan-2017

'xXx: Return of Xander Cage': Action-packed and noisy

This is the third film of the xXx franchise. After skipping the second edition -- State of the Union which was released in 2005 -- Vin Diesel who had featured in the original 2000 film returns in this action-packed spy thriller with pomp and panache.When...

12-Jan-2017 Mumbai

Eddie Izzard to bring Force Majeure to India

British actor and comedian Eddie Izzard will perform live in India for the first time with his comedy show Force Majeure.The two-time Emmy winning actor will be in India on a three-city tour from Sunday. He will perform in Mumbai on Sunday, in Bengaluru on Monday...

12-Jan-2017 Mumbai

Honoured to be in India for first time : Vin Diesel

Hollywood actor Vin Diesel, who got a 'desi' welcome in India on Thursday morning, says he dreamt of exploring the country and is glad that his dream has finally come true.Diesel, along with his "xXx: Return of Xander Cage" co-star Deepika Padukone and director...

09-Jan-2017 Los Angeles

Golden Globes 2017: 'La La Land' shines with 7 awards

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone-starrer musical comedy "La La Land" clinched as many as seven honours at the 74th Golden Globe Awards, where celebrities including the legendary actress Meryl Streep took a dig at President-elect Donald Trump. Popular Indian actress...

07-Jan-2017

'Passengers': Remarkable for its attempt rather than success

First things first. "Passengers", a film about two very beautiful people thrown together in outer space, would have been a much finer work if it had not been in 3D. What the 3D technique does is to isolate the audience from the action. Passengers needed the...

06-Jan-2017

'Passengers': A visual extravaganza

Set on a spaceship with 5,000 passengers and 258 crew members, travelling from Earth to colonize a distant new planet, "Passengers" is a romantic tale of two of its passengers, who are "lost, find each other and made life beautiful along the way".The spaceship...

06-Jan-2017

'Allied': A drama so blowdried that it feels fake

It's hard to believe this story of a Canadian intelligence officer who falls in love with a German spy who he thinks is a Resistance fighter.Even if we accept that love is indeed blind, what level of 'Intelligence' does Max(Brad Pitt) demonstrate in his choice...

05-Jan-2017

'A Monster Calls': An engaging fairytale

"A Monster Calls" is a suspense-packed, coming-of-age tale of a boy who is "too old to be a kid and too young to be a man and a nightmare". It is based on the book written by Patrick Ness from an original idea by Siobhan Dowd.As a fantasy fable, the story...

01-Jan-2017

'Assasin's Creed': This game-changer will 'sev' the day

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. One apple 'sevs' the day in this deliberately on-the-boil thrill provider. Ignore the awful reviews. "Assasin's Creed" has some of the most heart-in-the-mouth stunts that you will get to see on this side of "Deadpool".Not...

31-Dec-2016

'Assassin's Creed': Visually impressive but fails to excite

With a tired, tried and over abused premise of finding peace among humanity, "Assassin's Creed" is an original story that expands the series' mythology. Oscillating between the Spanish Inquisition circa 1492 and the present, it is an action adventure film...

21-Dec-2016 Los Angeles

When I look in the mirror, I throw up : Arnold Schwarzenegger

Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger says he "throws up" when he looks at his reflection in the mirror.The 69-year-old actor and former bodybuilding champion, who first claimed the title Mr. Olympia at the international competition Joe Weider's Olympia Fitness and...

20-Dec-2016 New Delhi

Indians have mastered music, dance: 'Pop Idol' creator Simon Fuller

Indians have mastered music and dance, and produce more musicals than any other country in the world, says Simon Fuller, the name behind global entertainment hits including Spice Girls and "Pop Idol". On a lookout for Indian faces for his new global pop group...

16-Dec-2016

'La La Land': An ode to classic romance musicals

Set in the heart of Hollywood, and designed like a French New Wave film, "La La Land" is a musical love story that dwells upon fate and choices.The film begins with a trail of cars stuck in a traffic jam one winter day, till the crowd breaks out into the...

11-Dec-2016 Los Angeles

Dwayne Johnson surprises military family

Actor Dwayne Johnson, along with comedian and talk show host Jimmy Fallon, orchestrated an emotional reunion between "The Tonight Show" producer Karina Kabalan, an army veteran, and her husband who serves as a Master Sergeant in the US Air Force."I would love...

06-Dec-2016 Los Angeles

Filming 'Collateral Beauty' helped Will Smith deal with father's death

Actor Will Smith believes filming "Collateral Beauty", in which he plays a man who has suffered a personal tragedy, helped him deal with his own father's death.The 48-year-old actor was left devastated when his father Willard Carroll Smith Sr. died in November...

17-Nov-2016

'Shut In': Hollow and mediocre fare

Horror films leave an indelible mark on its audience when, they are ground-breaking, edgy, deep and engaging -- either by performance, story, direction or photography -- and they resonate long after the first viewing. Unfortunately, director Farren Blackburn's...

17-Nov-2016 New Delhi

'Arrival' to hit Indian screens on November 25

Sci-fi film "Arrival", starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, will release in India later this month.MVP Entertainment is set to release the Denis Villeneuve directorial on November 25 in India, read a statement from the production company.The film, which also...

16-Nov-2016 New Delhi

'Asian men used as comedic devices in Hollywood'

Conrad Ricamora represents the LGBT community on screen through his role of Oliver Hampton in TV show "How to Get Away With Murder" -- and breaking the stereotypical mould for people of colour as well. But the Asian-American actor feels Asian men are merely...

12-Nov-2016

'Desierto': Intense, brutal but incomplete!

As a survival drama, "Desierto" is an intensely brutal, minimalistic, chase thriller.The film begins with the camera panning across the desert and a lone truck moving. The harshness of the terrain and movement of the vehicle on this desolate stretch, sets...

11-Nov-2016 Los Angeles

Leonard Cohen dead at 82, leaves behind 'endless love' for music

Legendary singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, whose "Hallelujah" was one of the most covered songs, is dead at 82. His death led to tributes from the international world as well as Indian celebrities, who remembered some of his best tracks.Cohen's label, Sony Music...

08-Nov-2016 Los Angeles

Dwayne Johnson was apt choice for 'Moana', says co-director

"Moana" co-director Ron Clements says actor Dwayne Johnson was the perfect choice to lend voice to the character of Maui in the Disney film.He said only Johnson, who started out as "The Rock" -- a popular figure in professional wrestling who then made a transition...

07-Nov-2016 Los Angeles

I've always enjoyed thriller genre: Naomi Watts

Actress Naomi Watts says she loves to explore the thriller genre and likes to play with fear in her projects.Watts will be seen in another thriller "Shut In", which will be released in India by PVR Pictures on November 18. "I've always enjoyed the thriller genre....

06-Nov-2016 Los Angeles

Military has given direction to off-track lives: Kristen Stewart

Actress Kristen Stewart, who will be seen in war drama "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk", feels the military has given direction to many off-track lives and has given them a purpose in a positive way."The military has given direction to so many off-track lives,...

04-Nov-2016

'Mr. Church': A competently made melodrama

"Mr. Church" is a competently made film that is sometimes emotionally affecting. Though, the story - "Inspired by true friendship," is cliched, the film is largely elevated by the credible performances of its lead pair.It is a tale of love and bonding between...

04-Nov-2016 Los Angeles

'The Dark Tower', 'Jumanji' release dates pushed back

The release dates of upcoming films "The Dark Tower" and "Jumanji" have been pushed back.Originally set to be released on July 28 next year, "Jumanji" is now set to release on December 22, 2017. The release dates of several other films by Entertainment company...

03-Nov-2016 Hong Kong, China

India has such a movie-going culture: Marvel Studios' president

India is an important market to the US-based Marvel Studios as the Asian country has such a movie-going culture, says the studio's president Kevin Feige.India has its own indigenous movies, and he says it's nice to see the fan base of their films growing stronger...

03-Nov-2016

'Trolls': Bright and cheerfully appealing

Directed by Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn, "Trolls" is a colourfully vibrant, adventure, fairytale, based on the long-haired cherub dolls of the same name, which were created in 1959 by a Danish woodcutter and fisherman, Thomas Dam. These dolls are known as "Good...

03-Nov-2016 Hong Kong

Diversity is the responsibility of directors: Scott Derrickson

Scott Derrickson, whose latest directorial "Doctor Strange" was surrounded by the whitewashing controversy, says diversity is the responsibility of studios, producers and directors, and he takes that responsibility very seriously.British actress Tilda Swinton's...

02-Nov-2016 Hong Kong, China

Tilda Swinton reveals her superpower

Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton, who plays a martial arts mystic in the forthcoming Marvel Studios' film "Doctor Strange", says she has a superpower too."I'll tell you the strangest thing about me. This is a superpower... I can find things. If anyone in my house...

02-Nov-2016

Acting violently: Charles Bronson and his 'tough guy' film career

He was an unlikely movie hero, with an average height and build, a rough-hewn appearance instead of good looks, a voice low and gravelly than pleasant, and a languid, laid-back air that however couldn't conceal an unmistakable toughness. These attributes...

30-Oct-2016 Hong Kong

Marvel Studios enthusiastic about female superhero films

Female superheroes will no longer be under-represented in films, at least in those made by Marvel Studios. They are enthusiastic about having female-led superhero films, starting with "Captain Marvel", which will have a woman director "for sure".Asked about...

27-Oct-2016 Mumbai

Film on Asian-Americans of World War II era on Fukunaga's mind

Primetime Emmy award-winning American filmmaker Cary Fukunaga, who has roots in Japan, says he wishes to push out films with Asian-Americans as central characters. He wants to bring out the story of the days of struggle of his grandparents, who were Japanese-Americans...

22-Oct-2016 New Delhi

Clergy sex abuse topic is relevant today: Michael Rezendes

"Spotlight" -- a film which infused life into an award-winning investigative teams story that exposed a Catholic paedophile scandal involving priests in Boston -- was named as the Best Picture at the Oscars this year. And Michael Rezendes, one of the journalists...

21-Oct-2016

'Train To Busan': Thrilling with meaningful lessons

Director Yeon Sang-Ho's "Train To Busan" isn't a just mindless, zombie horror film. In fact, it is a thrilling film, packed with meaningful lessons that tend to be moralistic.The film serves as a potent allegory to portray a dog-eat-dog world, where humans are...

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