18 April 2014

Movie Reviews

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Movie Review: Transcendence

A tragic love story, constructed on the foundation of, “heal the planet for a better future for all of us“, “Transcendence” gives an insight of what would happen to the primitive organic life or “the soul after death“. In other words, it is the scientific and technological interpretation of life after death. Movie Review Rating: 3/5 (more…)

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Movie Review: Dekh Tamasha Dekh

Routinely, we love to sweep the truth about Hindu-Muslim relations under the carpet. Or simply sugar-coat it to make the actual volume of mutual distrust and animosity palatable to a nation steeped in escapism and self-delusion. Movie Review Rating: 4/5 (more…)

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Movie Review: 2 States

Magically, “2 States” ends with a beautifully staged wedding where the film’s culture-crossed couple finally get their wish. Movie Review Rating: 4/5

Sigh of relief? Not quite. This is a film you don’t want to end. It’s a story….but wait, it doesn’t seem like a story!! Not in the sense of ‘Once upon a time when Boy Met Girl’. You know exactly where our twosome, the gorgeous Ananya and the diffident Krish are going…But you get so sucked into their journey, their courtship, conflicts, tiffs and buts, that you feel after a point that you aren’t watching them in a film. They are people we know. And love. (more…)

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Movie Review: Naan Sigappu Manithan

In Thiru’s “Naan Sigappu Manithan“, neither do you have a hero to cheer for (because he’s asleep mostly as he suffers from a rare sleep disorder) nor a typical villain character. You don’t have a comedian and comedy tracks to keep you entertained. You have a second heroine but she doesn’t the play the hero’s love interest. Yet what is it that makes this commercial Tamil outing a laudable effort? (more…)

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Movie Review: Bhoothnath Returns

Straightaway, this film wins you over with its clean heart and straight-talking attitude to the rot that has set into our governmental system. You want a change in the nation’s politics? Then change the politicians! It’s really as simple as that. Director Nitesh Tiwari who co-directed the endearing kiddies’ concoction “Chillar Party” finally unravels one of the greatest mysteries of poetic life. What did Wordsworth mean when he said, ‘Child is the father of man‘? (more…)

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Movie Review: Divergent

From the director of evocative films like “Limitless” and “The Illusionist“, “Divergent” is a high-concept film that’s brilliantly executed and entertaining. However, it offers nothing exceptional in terms of its plot, which would set it apart from other films of the genre. (more…)

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Movie Review: Oculus

Like its literal meaning, “Oculus” is an ‘eye-opener’. It is an intriguing and a deceptive film, fitting more into the psychological thriller than the horror genre that it is touted to be. While there are flashes of horror tropes that include a new home, a nuclear family, paranormal activities and a menacing force that induces violence, “Oculus” is a spine-chiller that psyches your mind with reflections of the past shrouding the present. (more…)

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Movie Review: Rio 2

In the last one year, after “Zambezia” and “Free Birds“, we once again have animated talking birds in “Rio 2“. But unlike the previous two films, this one is a musical which meanders at its own pace with avian antics and foot-tapping music. A sequel to its 2011 released franchise, with macaws, a cockatoo, a poisonous frog, a toucan, a pit-bull and more from the Amazon, “Rio 2” takes off from where it left in “Rio“. This one is a comparatively mild fare. (more…)

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Movie Review: Maan Karate

Movie Rating: 2/5 Following five back-to-back hits, actor Sivakarthikeyan seems to have become the star of escapist cinema in Tamil filmdom. Thanks to his stardom, several wannabe filmmakers are banking on him to make films that are usually targeted at the masses. This explains why he is not considered an ‘actor’ anymore but merely an ‘entertainer‘, who would work in a film only with the sole purpose of entertaining his fans. (more…)

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Movie Review: Main Tera Hero

Movie Review Rating:4/5  It’s not easy being David Dhawan. Over the last 20 years he has constantly kept the laughter alive. Having generated barrels of mirth with Govinda and Salman Khan in the past, now it is time for David’s son to have a blast. Playing Seenu, the no-good wastrel who cons his way through a series of outrageous escapades, Varun Dhawan is to be seen monkeying around in every frame. (more…)

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Movie Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Movie Review Rating: 4/5 – With its taut editing and well-choreographed, synchronised action sequences, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is a sleekly made spy thriller with a super-soldier twist.

It is a cult film with its own set of admirers. Those in tune with Marvel Comics will relish its representation in the cinematic universe, but for others this film could just be one of the ordinary. Nevertheless, the film definitely can’t be ignored. (more…)

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Movie Review: Jal

Review Rating: 4/5. It’s a never-before experience. Tapestried and tempestuous, the tides of Girish Malik’s narrative rise and swell like the frequent sandstorms in the desertscape that Sunita Radia’s camera captures so evocatively in this saga of raging ragas. (more…)

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Movie Review: Inam

War stories are extremely challenging to narrate without being controversial. But cinematographer-filmmaker Santosh Sivan has crushed that notion to pulp with his film “Inam“, a war-drama which explores the lives of a group of orphans during the Sri Lankan civil war. (more…)

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Movie Review: O Teri

By Subhash K. Jha (Rating: 2/5)

Luckily, this is not an official remake of Kundan Shah‘s classic “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron“. If it was, the makers of the original could have sued for defamation.

O Teri” borrows the concept of two bumbling, very unprofessional professionals who chance upon a scam from Kundan Shah’s film and turn it into an extended Santa-Banta joke. It was Naseeruddin Shah and Ravi Baswani in the original. It is Pulkit Samrat and Bilal Amrohi in this re(ek)make, designed to give ulcers to a civilization doped on the hope that cinema can shake the corrupt through satire. (more…)

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Movie Review: Youngistaan

By Subhash K. Jha (Rating: 4/5)

You have to hand it to this film for making an effort to be ‘headline-ish’ without toppling over with the temperament of topicality. This is a genre never really cracked in Hindi cinema. A political drama about a young foreign-educated NRI who is forced to take over his country’s reigns after his father’s sudden death. (more…)

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Movie Review: Ragini MMS 2

By Subhash K. Jha (Rating: 2/5)

At least the first “Ragini” film gave us a sparkling performance by Rajkummar Rao, then called Yadav. This was the time when Rajkummar’s Shahid was not even conceived. He was a “despo“, much like the character of “Ragini MMS 2“. (more…)

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Movie Review: Gang Of Ghosts

By Subhash K. Jha (Rating: 3/5)

Ghosts were never supposed to be funny…until Ivan Reitman made “Ghostbusters” in 1984. Satish Kaushik’s funny-ghost story is most certainly not “Ghostbuster” re-’bhoot’-ed. Rajesh Khattar as the avaricious builder with his thick Gujarati accent that cuts through the saturated soundtrack reminds us of the really comic films about land usurpation like Dibakar Bannerjee’s “Khosla Ka Ghosla“. (more…)

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Movie Review: Need For Speed

By Troy Ribeiro (Rating: 3/5)

If Abba had immortalised “The winner takes it all” in 1980s, then “Need For Speed” reiterates it with “The winner takes it all and the losers have to walk home“. Powered with supersonic sound, accelerated cars and adolescent indulgence, this revenge tale would appeal to car lovers and speed fanatics who would love to exist in a world without rules. (more…)

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Movie Review: Muppets Most Wanted

By Troy Ribeiro (Rating: 2.5/5)

At the very outset of this musical extravaganza you are warned, “We are doing a sequel and everyone knows that sequels aren’t quite good“. You could either take this literally or with a pinch of salt.
Either way, the film is a mediocre fare, punctuated with run-of-the-mill gigs and sparkles that are aimless and trying hard to please. (more…)

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Movie Review: Lakshmi

By Subhash K. Jha (Rating: 4/5)

Brothels are not pleasure dens. As we watch in horrified disbelief, Nagesh Kukunoor’s 14-year-old protagonist being bruised, violated and battered by men of all shapes and sizes, what emerges is a deep-rooted societal bias where the girl child is often treated as a liability. (more…)

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