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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,...

08-Dec-2017

'Fukrey Returns': An entertaining deja vu

Sequels are expected to be bigger, better and ideally build on everything that made the original successful. On paper, "Fukrey Returns" boasts of everything one expects from a sequel, except that the novelty factor which actually made its predecessor popular,...

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

'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

'Fukrey Returns', thankfully with entertainment

There is a kind of quirky credibility in the way the characters of "Fukrey" have grown on us ever since they were seen in the first "Fukrey" film. It's been nearly five years. But we haven't forgotten Hunny, Choocha, Lali, Pandit and, last but not the least,...

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...

02-Dec-2017

'Tera Intezaar': Thanks CBFC for withholding 'Padmavati'

If God, CBFC and the Karni Sena (not necessarily in that order) had permitted, we would have been watching Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Padmavati" this week, but the Gods below in all their wisdom, decided to pull the plug on "Padmavati".Instead, we have this...

01-Dec-2017

'Firangi': Light hearted, laced with humour

"Firangi" is not an out-and-out laugh riot, but nevertheless despite a weak story, the film is well-picturised and punctuated with humour at appropriate junctures.Set in the pre-Independence era circa 1921, it is the tale of Mangatram (Kapil Sharma) aka "Manga,"...

01-Dec-2017

'Firangi': A deliriously enjoyable film even for non-Kapil fans

In his second - and far superior to the first - outing as a feature-film star, Kapil Sharma has a special skill.He kicks ass. Literally. With one foot in the butt, he can heal the most stubborn backaches.It doesn't take long for the curious British officer...

27-Nov-2017

'S Durga': Doesn't cause any offence to anyone except perverts

The first 15 minutes of this jolting experiment with truth and nails seems completely unrelated to the rest of the film.This is what you get when there is no formal screenplay. S Durga(S by the way, stands for 'Sexy' but shhhh!) was shot over one night on...

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

'Julie 2': A look at the murk behind the glam

Films about the movie industry tend to demonstrate the sleazy side of showbiz - but with a gentle touch."Julie 2" goes about it with hammers and tongs. The story of the rise and fall of an ambitious actress has a familiar ring to it. A lot of the experiences...

23-Nov-2017

'Ajji': Horrifying mirror image of poverty

It's not so much the horror of a 10-year-old girl's rape that hits you, and hits you hard, in this revenge saga, so dark and so desolate, it seems more like a warning against what cinematic entertainment has come to mean for the masses than an actual film.It...

23-Nov-2017

'Kadvi Hawa': A timely warning about global warming

Look at what we've done to Mother Earth. She is no longer Mother, she is Muddle Earth heading towards Murder Earth. In director Nila Madhab Panda's new work aptly entitled "Kadwi Hawa", the bitter truth of ecological plunder, is wrapped in a parable about...

17-Nov-2017

Sluggish Sulu is lifted by Vidya Balan's empathetic performance

One extra star in this flawed and often loosely structured film for Vidya Balan's extraordinarily empathetic performance as a middleclass housewife, okay homemaker, with serious concentration issues.You see, our Sulochana, aka Sulu can't focus on any one...

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...

17-Nov-2017

'An Insignificant Man': Significantly eulogizing

"An Insignificant Man" is an intermittently inspiring documentary that chronicles the meteoric rise of Arvind Kejriwal - the anti-corruption activist-turned-politician to the Chief Minister of Delhi.This 100-minute documentary starts with stating that corruption...

17-Nov-2017

'Panchlait': A punch too late

This film is based on the famous short story, ‘Panchlight' (Petromax) by the most successful and influential writers of modern Hindi literature in the post-Premchand era, Phanishwar Nath ‘Renu'. His other short story, "Maare Gaye Gulfam" was adapted into...

16-Nov-2017

'Tumhari Sulu': Strong performances elevate this light-hearted film

"Tumhari Sulu" is the story of Sulochana Dubey aka Sulu (Vidya Balan), a middle class housewife with an indefatigable spirit who is in the constant pursuit of excelling and winning contests and competitions, which give her immense satisfaction. Perhaps subconsciously...

10-Nov-2017

'The House Next Door': Astutely mounted horror film

Based on a true story, director Milind Rau's horror film is produced in three languages: Tamil, Hindi and Telugu. Its Hindi version is titled "The House Next Door". In Tamil, it is called "Aval", meaning "she" and its Telugu edition is called "Gruham", meaning...

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

'Qarib Qarib Singlle': A frothy entertainer

Director Tanuja Chandra's "Qarib Qarib Singlle" is a typical Mills and Boon fare, a rom-com in the dot com age, where two drastically opposites meet on the dark web and weave a romance that's difficult to digest, nevertheless, it makes for a perfect fantasy narrative.Jaya,...

10-Nov-2017

'Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana': Wedding worth attending

Set against the backdrop of Kanpur, "Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana" is a love story of Satyendra aka Sattu (Rajkummar Rao), a clerk in a government office and Aarti (Kriti Kharbanda), a bright ambitious girl who aspires to become a government officer, but is not...

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...

10-Nov-2017

'Qarib Qarib Singlle': The best travel rom-com since 'Jab We Met'

Look, there are lots of problems in "Qarib Qarib Singlle" -- as there are in life. But that's what makes life, and life in the movies, worth living."Qarib Qarib Singlle" is a delightful 'romp'-com about two middle-aged strangers -- one a widow and the other...

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...

03-Nov-2017

'Ittefaq': Desecrating a classic

This 2-hour thriller claiming to be a taut, revisionist version of the 1969 classic produced by this film director's father and directed by his uncle, actually seems to last much longer than its playing time."Ittefaq" is one long stretch and a yawn. Unlike...

03-Nov-2017

'Ribbon': Fine performances elevate this film

There is a certain honesty in Rakhee Sandilya's directorial debut, "Ribbon". It is about the joy and sacrifices of being in love and also about the pressures of young responsibility.It is the story of a young couple, Sahana, a marketing analyst, and Karan,...

03-Nov-2017

'Ittefaq': A formulaic whodunit sans intrigue

Director Abhay Chopra's thriller "Ittefaq" is purportedly a whodunit mystery centering on double murders.A celebrated UK-based writer named Vikram Sethi (Sidharth Malhotra) who is in Mumbai for his book launch, is accused of his wife Catherine's murder. Catherine...

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...

02-Nov-2017

'Ribbon': Capturing rhythms of metropolitan life

And then, something happens. Something awful and irreversibly life-changing happens in this true life portrait of an urban marriage threatening to fall apart under the strain of coping with daily vicissitudes.Debutant director Raakhee Sandilya uses her two...

29-Oct-2017

'Villain': Actors outshine the material

The thing about Mohanlal is, he sees things that others can't. And he makes us see things that other actors cannot. Last year, in the very watchable thriller "Oppam", he played a blind man whose powers of perception far outstripped those blessed with eyesight.Since...

27-Oct-2017 Mumbai

'Rukh' is comfortable with its stillness

It is very difficult, if not altogether impossible, to get to the core of the suffering so resolutely trapped in the hearts of the characters in "Rukh". No one, least of all the 18-year-old protagonist, is willing to reveal more of their emotions than they...

26-Oct-2017

'Jia Aur Jia': Old-fashioned but effective

Why should boys have all the fun? Just the sheer pleasure of watching two of our feistiest actresses in a road movie set in Sweden is enough of a kickback to sail through what is at best a girl-bonding flick with plenty of perk and pizzazz, thanks to the...

26-Oct-2017

'Rukh': Riveting with fine performances

Rukh, which means direction, has been astutely used as a metaphor in debutant director Atanu Mukherjee's film. But, on the face of it, the film is about a son's quest to know the truth about his father's death. It is his internal journey. Three years after...

22-Oct-2017

'Mersal': Jai, Vijay (Tamil)

Vijay fans must be very happy.There are three Vijays in his new film, all shaped, contoured and moulded into red-hot come-see-about-me avatars. So, three stars for the eminently enjoyable new Vijay starrer -- one each for the three roles that the superstar...

20-Oct-2017

'Golmaal Again' Is Unbearably Unfunny

Half a star extra for this cold turkey of a comedy for not smashing expensive cars. Yes, folks. Rohit Shetty has actually made a "Golmaal" film without speeding cars crashing into one another.And that's about the sign of maturity you will see in this franchise...

20-Oct-2017

'Golmaal Again': Guffaws galore

When you go to watch a Rohit Shetty film, especially the "Golmaal" series, you expect magic on screen, not logic. The magic of entertainment, albeit, sans rationality."Golmaal Again", the fourth of the series, is a laugh-a-minute comedy about five orphans...

18-Oct-2017

'Secret Superstar': Emotionally engaging, entertaining

What one likes about Aamir Khan is that, with every act of his, he transcends as an actor. He surprises you by eerily getting into the skin of the character. With his various unconventional get-ups and demeanour, he makes you believe that he is the character...

13-Oct-2017

'Ranchi Diaries': Lacklustre chronicles

Contextually, director Sattwik Mohanty's "Ranchi Diaries" showcases Asia's largest mental hospital, which is situated in Ranchi.But unlike the hospital which treats its patients, director Sattwik Mohanty treats (read entertains) his audience with low-IQ, physiologically...

13-Oct-2017

Victoria & Abdul': Bolstered by superlative performances

There has been a lot of flak aimed at this enchanting film for it subversive look at colonial relationships.For all those who refuse to take history's lessons lightly, here is some unsolicited advice: Get a laugh.And I do mean, laugh. For, in spite of one...

12-Oct-2017

'Victoria and Abdul': Intriguing and odd

Stephen Frears' "Victoria and Abdul', is a witty telling of the unlikely bond between the aged Queen Victoria of England, the Empress of India, and a commoner, Abdul Karim, whom she appoints as her Urdu teacher and whom she fondly addresses as "Munshia.Based...

09-Oct-2017

'Blade Runner 2049': Bleak, pointless, this film is exhausting

Do yourself a favour. Run away from "Blade Runner 2049" as far as you can while you still have time. It is one of the most pretentious and ponderous sequels ever, with thinly disguised dialogues taken from messages from fortune cookies masquerading as words...

08-Oct-2017

Child abuse gets sensitive treatment in Marathi film 'The Silence'

Some truths are so painful that the pain must transmit itself to the audience if it must be made into cinema. "The Silence" is a very painful film to watch. It strips aside the niceties that would make child rape more palatable to the audience, and puts the...

07-Oct-2017

'Call for Fun': Frothy and raunchy entertainer

Director Janak Toprani's "Call For Fun" is a far-fetched, coming-of-age, young adult, screwball comedy.The zany song with the lyrics, "Celebrate haar ya fail" sets the ball rolling for a lively upbeat tale. The plot hinges around Yash, a young boy who takes over...

06-Oct-2017

'2016 The End': Mediocre fare that ends well

What would you do if you are told an asteroid or meteorite is on a collision path with Earth and a catastrophe is inevitable?In director Jaideep Chopra's film, "2016 The End", doomsday is just seven days away. It has been reported in one of the leading papers...

06-Oct-2017

'Blade Runner 2049': Tediously slow yet brutally fascinating

Based on Philip K. Dick's novel aDo Androids Dream of Electric Sheep', this film is a follow-up to one of science fiction's most iconic film, which was directed by Ridley Scott 35 years ago.While the original, themed with -- what is life and who has the right...

05-Oct-2017

'Tu Hai Mera Sunday': A unexpectedly moving sunshine film

reated as a rom-com with a blend of sunshine and dead-pan comedy, this is a simple feel-good film that is trendy and contemporary. With a set of unhappy people in the fertile turf of Mumbai City, Director Milind Dhaimande's "Tu Hai Mera Sunday" showcases life...

05-Oct-2017

'Chef': Endearingly palate pleasing

An official Hindi remake of Jon Favreau's 2014 film by the same name, Director Raja Krishna Menon's 'Chef' is a breezy film, centring around the self-discovery of Chef Roshan Kalra (Saif Ali Khan), a Michelin three star chef.Roshan, who hails from a middle...

01-Oct-2017

'CRD' redefines cinema space

Sometimes, on that rare occasion when we are not watching, Indian cinema pushes the envelope right up out collective posteriors."CRD", which it took me a while to figure out, is the initials of the hero's name, is one such absolutely irreverent, sometimes beguiling,...

29-Sep-2017

'Judwaa 2': Varun shines in an unimaginative rehash

Coming from the stable of the gifted director David Dhawan, known for his comic entertainers, his latest film "Judwaa 2" seems like a rehash of other films and his earlier gags and funnies.In this edition, the tale of the identical twins continues. It shares...

28-Sep-2017

CRD': A theatrical experience on celluloid

Like a rooster in all its morning glory, director Kranti Kanade's film "CRD" stands out -- ruffling feathers, making the right noises and then settling down to being just a timid wannabe. Nevertheless, the film is undeniably different. The film is a work...

28-Sep-2017

'American Made': Visually rustic and mildly thrilling

Director Dou Liman's "American Made" is a good example of greed and the epic culture of corruption in the US. Based on a true story, it reveals the thrilling life of an opportunist.Narrated in a non-linear manner with archived video footage, the plot unveils...

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