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12-Jan-2018

'Paddington 2' an over-cute pain

"Paddington" in 2014 was so treacly it was like eating too much Christmas pudding. The most unwanted sequel comes to us with noblest of intentions and feeblest of contrivances.It has little else to recommend itself, except Hugh Grant in a whammy of a performance...

11-Jan-2018

Downsizing' is worse than bad, it's bland

It is heartbreaking to see so much earnestness being squandered away in inertia. "Downsizing" is a well-meaning jibe at global devastation done in a tone so steeped in righteous indignation, I thought I was watching an evangelical propaganda film with angels...

11-Jan-2018

'Downsizing': A strangely complex masterpiece

"Downsizing" is a strikingly intelligent concept film.A romance and self-realisation tale wrapped in a sci-fi film that makes you aware of environmental issues is what definitely makes it unique fare. It is a social satire wrapped in a sci-fi movie that does not,...

11-Jan-2018

'Call Me By Your Name': Not about gay love, about love

In no time at all, this exceptional film has acquired a cult status worthy of a masterpiece, which it is. Provided you can sink into its languorous self-indulgent pace. Nothing pronouncedly dramatic happens on the surface as director Luca Guadagnino's epicurean...

10-Jan-2018

'The Post': A lucid ode to journalism

Director Stephen Speilberg's "The Post" is a political thriller that documents a moment in history where the scales are tipped toward corruption in the system.Despite the events in the film taking place nearly five decades ago, it would be irrelevant to go through...

10-Jan-2018 New Delhi

No jerks involved in 'The Big Bang Theory': Actor Kevin Sussman

"The Big Bang Theory" is making headlines with stories around the brewing ego hassles and jealousy between the cast. But American actor Kevin Sussman, who essays Stuart Bloom in the hit sitcom, says the show "lucked out by having a group of people that work...

08-Jan-2018 Los Angeles

Golden Globes 2018 opposes sexual harassment, gender inequality

From an all-black dress code to the presentation of the awards to acceptance speeches, the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards was all about taking forward the issue of sexual misconduct in Hollywood, pitching for gender balance and expressing solidarity to the...

08-Jan-2018

'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' is a stunner

The impressive slew of Golden Globe awards that this astounding film has won should surprise no one. "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" is the kind of genre-defining cinema that creates a benchmark for many years to come.Right at the outset it would...

06-Jan-2018 New York

Author-actress Tessa Dahl arrested

Author-actress Tessa Dahl, mother of model Sophie Dahl, has been arrested and will appear in a US courtroom next week on a charge of larceny.If convicted, Tessa could face from one to five years in prison, reports dailymail.co.uk.Tessa checked into a Connecticut hotel,...

05-Jan-2018

Pitch Perfect is hardly perfect, but fun in parts

Thankfully, this franchise has run its course. Though I enjoyed parts of it I really can't take the showy sassiness of the Bellas any more. The all-girl band with more attitude than altitude seemed funny in their misplaced selfworth earlier. Now they look like a...

05-Jan-2018

'Insidious: The Last Key': A complex but staid horror drama

You have expectations when you visit a franchise. And "Insidious: The Last Key" -- the fourth entry of the "Insidious" series -- helmed by Adam Robitel, is spooky tale continuing the parapsychologist Elise's voyage into the "further".Unlike the previous...

05-Jan-2018

'The Florida Project': Feels like life

Close to Disneyland in Florida are subsidised residences once meant to serve as economical motels for tourists, now housing the impoverished section of American society, the fringe people whom President Donald Trump would not like to be put on camera for us...

05-Jan-2018

'Pitch Perfect 3': Strained, laboured efforts

"Age wrinkles the body and quitting wrinkles the soul," enthusiastically blurted by one of the Bellas simply puts into perspective the continuation of this series.Five years after its first appearance as a teen musical to impose its voice in the panorama...

05-Jan-2018

'All The Money In The World' : Saga of greed for power, money

A breathlessness that has nothing to do with the film's two chief architects being over 80, defines the narrative momentum of "All The Money In The World", an uplifting, sometimes sickening saga of greed and lust for power and money, not necessarily in...

01-Jan-2018 Los Angeles

Love is like gardening : Will Smith

On his 20th wedding anniversary, actor Will Smith paid a tribute to wife Jada Pinkett Smith and compared love to gardening.The popular Hollywood couple got married at Cloisters Castle in Pikesville, Maryland, on December 31 in 1997."20 years ago we held...

30-Dec-2017 Pune

Don't want to advocate my political ideas in music : American DJ

"Politically aware" Kayzo, Los Angeles-based DJ and producer, doesnt want to advocate his political ideas through his music. He says he wants his music to be an outlet through which people escape reality. A lot of musicians in the US want to use their music for political...

30-Dec-2017

'The Greatest Showman' better than 'La La Land'

What is it about morality tales that makes them so perennially desirable? And what's with this imperishable renewability of Broadway-styled musicals? The answers to both the questions are embedded in the enchanting cadences and undulating paces of "The Greatest...

29-Dec-2017 Pune

Hollywood superheroes won the Indian box office game

Be it Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, Thor or Hulk, stories about superheroes battling supervillains in a fantasy world turned out to be the hit formula for Hollywood at the Indian box office this year.Even as Indian actresses Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone...

28-Dec-2017

'Jumanji : Welcome to the Jungle': Action packed and engaging

There is something appealing about "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle". At first glance, the film opens on a lazily designed dull note with coming-of-age humour and high school age actors. But then it penetrates into the video game Jumanji world and the film...

28-Dec-2017

'The Greatest Showman': Remarkably rousing and entertaining

A period drama, directed by debutant Michael Gracey, the film is an original musical, loosely based on the life of Phineas Taylor Barnum, a visionary who rose from nothing to become a worldwide sensation of his times.P.T. Barnum was an American showman,...

25-Dec-2017 Los Angeles

Dwayne Johnson to join Golden Globes protest

Hollywood star Dwayne Johnson says he will wear all-black at the 2018 Golden Globes, as part of a silent protest.Many actresses reportedly plan to wear black gowns at the annual ceremony as a mark of protest against the injustices that have played a role in Hollywood...

23-Dec-2017

Hollywood goes colour blind, but SRK still sells 'fairness' cream

In a year of appalling, gawd-awful sequels and repeatedly renewed franchise films, when Priyanka Chopra made her Hollywood debut with what is arguably the worst film of her career -- yes, "Baywatch Returns" was worse than her Bollywood debut "Andaaz" --...

16-Dec-2017

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' leaves you underwhelmed

The good news about the latest instalment in the 40-year old franchise is that it is far superior to the the last dreadful droll and disembodied film in the series "The Force Awakens".The writing in "The Last Jedi" is far more coiled and compelling than...

12-Dec-2017 New Delhi

Don't know what being pure evil is : Adam Driver

Hollywood actor Adam Driver's villainous Kylo Ren might have managed to intimidate the audience with his brutal act and black cloak teamed up with a helmet. But he doesn't see his "Star Wars" character as the "bad guy", and says he doesn't know what being "pure...

10-Dec-2017

'Daddy's Home 2': A gooey Christmas pudding

It is important to understand that political correctness is not always the right route to take for escapist excursions while courting laughter. "Daddy's Home 2", which takes the rather engaging sparring game in the first film between two neighbouring dads...

09-Dec-2017

'Mark Felt...': Compelling performance lifts this saga

"Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House" is a remarkable true story of the greatest whistle-blower in American history. It is written and directed by Peter Landesman, and is based on the 2006 biography authored by John O'Connor.As the title suggests,...

09-Dec-2017 Pune

Akon sings Mika's upcoming song on stage

Popular American singer Akon sang "Aaj ki party" hitmaker Mika's upcoming song "Ali Ali" with him on stage here.The "Lonely" hitmaker was here for a private event, which was also attended by Mika and actor Ram Charan. "Had a wonderful time in Pune at Bala's...

08-Dec-2017

'Borg vs McEnroe': The rivalry doesn't quite grip

The best of intentions and impeccable casting do not compensate for a lack of vitality in this well-mounted, but finally unfulfilling true-life saga about the legendary rivalry on the field between the two tennis legends.Director Janus Metz has cast well....

08-Dec-2017

'Anna Karenina': A watchable classic

"In love there are several truths." This declaration at the beginning of the narrative affirms that Leo Tolstoy's classic "Anna Karenina" has been revisited many a times -- in theatre, television and also the big screen. Each version or adaptation has been...

08-Dec-2017 New Delhi

Wedding rumours with Tom Cruise were ridiculous: 'The Crown' star

Vanessa Kirby hadn't even met Hollywood star Tom Cruise when reports about their alleged relationship brought her personal life into the spotlight globally. "The Crown" actress terms the rumours "ridiculous" and says the fictional side of showbiz is strange...

08-Dec-2017

'Daddy's Home 2': A drab Christmas fare

A loosely structured farce that satirises modern concepts of fatherhood and masculinity, "Daddy's Home 2" is a flighty comedy just like its predecessor -- the 2015 released "Daddy's Home". Except that this one is set during Christmas week, making it a...

07-Dec-2017

'Borg McEnroe': Well-made sports drama

A sports drama, director Janus Metz's film "Borg McEnroe" is the story of two legendary tennis players with diametrically opposite personalities, one stoic and the other effervescent.Narrated like a documentary in a non-linear manner, the film follows...

06-Dec-2017 London

Victimising young actors been standard for decades : Patrick Stewart

 Veteran actor Patrick Stewart, who has been a part of Hollywood for six decades, finds it "remarkable" that celebrities are standing up against sexual misconduct. However, he says young talent has been victimised and controlled since forever.In the wake of allegations...

04-Dec-2017 Los Angeles

'...The Last Jedi' team describes it as 'darker'

 "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" director Rian Johnson and the cast feel the movie is heading to a darker and more intimate place.Johnson and the stars of the film spoke about the next chapter in the "Star Wars" franchise at a press event here that took place...

01-Dec-2017 Los Angeles

Pink 'inspired' Clarkson to be singer

Kelly Clarkson says singing sensation Pink "inspired" her to be a singer.Clarkson credited Pink for helping her become "progressive with her sound" and showing people how important it is that women in the industry are not pitted against each other, reports...

01-Dec-2017 New Delhi

'Avengers: Infinity War' to release in India before US

 Marvels "Avengers: Infinity War", which features an ensemble of superheroes, will release in India a week before it opens in the US.The much-awaited movie will release in India on April 27, 2018. It will open in the US on May 4. "With every title, the popularity...

01-Dec-2017 New Delhi

Hollywood, Bollywood are propaganda machines: Rose McGowan

Actress Rose McGowan called Hollywood and Bollywood propaganda machines, saying that they try to tell how a man or a woman should function."I started acting in Hollywood around 20 years ago accidentally, and through the time I have realized that it is not different...

29-Nov-2017 Los Angeles

I become rude in public : Jennifer Lawrence

Actress Jennifer Lawrence says she becomes "incredibly rude" in public.Lawrence is widely regarded as one of Hollywood's most down-to-earth stars. However, she says her attitude towards people changes as soon as she enters a public space, reports variety.com."Once...

28-Nov-2017 Los Angeles

'Avengers: Infinity War' will be finale of sorts

The fourth "Avengers" movie will be a key inflection point in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, according to producer Kevin Feige.In an interview to Vanity Fair, Feige said that "Avengers: Infinity War", due in May 2018, will "bring things you've never seen...

24-Nov-2017

'Murder on the Orient Express': Beautifully shot but fails to hook

Director Kenneth Branagh's "Murder on the Orient Express" is a remake of the 1974 Oscar-winning film which is adapted from Agatha Christie's novel of the same name.Set in 1934, the film begins in the most theatrical fashion with the author's beloved and notoriously...

24-Nov-2017

'Thank You For Your Service': Sensitive performances outshine flaws

"Thank You For Your Service" is the directorial debut of actor-writer Jason Hall. The film is inspired from true stories and is based on the book of the same name authored by Washington Post Editor David Finkel.The film is about three American soldiers suffering...

24-Nov-2017

'Coco': Engaging and captivating

"Coco" is a 3D animated, fantasy fiction that is thoroughly enthralling. Filled with fun songs and a rich atmosphere, the film is a visual and emotional delight.Utterly genuine in concept, assembling and execution, it is an adventure film that casts a magical...

23-Nov-2017 London

Will have to wait longer for 'Avatar 2':James Cameron

Legendary filmmaker James Cameron says he has only just managed to shoot his first successful scene for "Avatar 2" due to the challenges of filming underwater.The most anticipated sequel to the Oscar-winning 2009 fantasy film has already had its release date pushed...

17-Nov-2017

'Justice League': Suffers from Super Heroes' fatigue

The much awaited "Justice League", based on DC Characters, suffers from "Super Heroes" fatigue. Compared to other Super Hero films, it is better by default yet is disappointing to a point. The film lacks chutzpah and character. It is an ensemble of poorly...

15-Nov-2017 New Delhi

UK rapper to shoot music video in India during her maiden visit

UK rapper Lady Leshurr plan to shoot a music video in India during her maiden visit to the country for a three-city tour this week.She will be in the country as part of beer brand Bira 91's new hip-hop focused campaign called FreeFlow. For its first tour...

10-Nov-2017

'The House Next Door': A shiver-giver

Horror as a genre can be horrific in Indian cinema in the most unexpected ways. This one gets it right in spite of following all the horror tropes and signposts, including irrelevant attempts to startle and scare. And the habitual horror humbug of heaping too...

10-Nov-2017

'My Little Pony': Cute and colourful

This 2D animated musical fantasy is based on the television series "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic" that was developed in 2010, as the relaunch of the Hashbro toy 'My Little Pony'.Set in Equestria -- a universe packed with ponies, the ponies, led by...

09-Nov-2017 Mumbai

Halle Berry comes to Mumbai unannounced

Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry is in India and enjoying getting "lost" in the streets of the country's financial and film capital, as well as soaking in the sun.Berry, known for films like "Monster's Ball", "Die Another Day" and "X-Men", revealed through her Instagram...

09-Nov-2017

'A Bad Moms Christmas': Raunchier than its prequel

Every Christmas, there is a film that eulogises the merits of the festival as a family affair, and this year it is, "A Bad Moms Christmas", that does the needful with flair. A sequel to last year's "Bad Moms", this one, with its raunchy comedy that would definitely...

05-Nov-2017 Los Angeles

'A Bad Moms Christmas' not hokey pokey: Mila Kunis

Actress Mila Kunis says "A Bad Moms Christmas" is not a crazy story, but a true account of what every mother and father goes through every year during Christmas celebrations."'A Bad Moms Christmas' is everyone's Christmas. It's just what everybody goes through...

04-Nov-2017 New Delhi

"Thor: Ragnarok" gets thunderous opening in India

Marvel Studios' "Thor: Ragnarok", which has brought back one of its mightiest superheroes, Thor, on the big screen, opened at Rs 9.91 crore in India.The third instalment of the "Thor" franchise released in IMAX 3D, 3D and 2D across 1,200 screens on Friday in...

02-Nov-2017 Mumbai

Shah Rukh Khan a gift to the world, says Paul Feig

Hollywood director Paul Feig of "Ghostbusters" fame on Thursday said Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan is a gift to the world.Feig, whose wife Laurie is an ardent fan of Shah Rukh and his work, on Wednesday shared a birthday message for the actor, on Twitter."Happiest...

02-Nov-2017

'Thor: Ragnarok': Best of the three Thor films

This seventeenth film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is easily the best of the three Thor films. Unlike its previous two Thor editions which were sombre battle epics, this one is treated as a whacky adventure excursion where the hammer-wielding God of Thunder...

25-Oct-2017 Los Angeles

Gadot thought about ending acting career before 'Wonder Woman'

Actress Gal Gadot, who has carved out a niche for herself in Hollywood since the release of "Wonder Woman", says she earlier thought about ending her acting career and going back to her home country, Israel."Before I got 'Wonder Woman', I was thinking about...

15-Oct-2017 SYDNEY

Chris Hemsworth will do Bollywood film with great script

Australian actor Chris Hemsworth is game for working in the Hindi film industry if he is offered a "great script".Asked if he is open to work in a Bollywood film, Hemsworth told IANS in a round table conference here: "Sure. I'd go where the fun is and then scripts...

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