29 July 2014

Movie Reviews

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Movie Review: Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania

Movie Review Rating: 3/5. Thank god for Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt. The soul shivers in fear wondering which disaster zone this bland avatar of “Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge” (DDLJ) would have headed to if these two actors hadn’t steered the rudderless revisionist saga to semblance of sensitivity. (more…)

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Movie Review: Lekar Hum Deewana Dil

Movie Review Rating: 3.5/5. It’s that old boy-meets-girl thing again. But with a twist. But wait! You know that thing about how the boy and girl don’t know about their true feelings until a series of misadventures verifies what we know all along? The couple that we see squabbling on screen, is made for each other. (more…)

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Movie Review: The Fault In Our Stars

Movie Review Rating: 3.5/5. Based on John Green’s young adult novel about two star-crossed cancer stricken lovers, “The Fault In Our Stars” is a romantics’ delight, where the pain demands to be felt. (more…)

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Movie Review: Ek Villain

Movie Review Rating: 2.5/5. Siddharth simmers and scorches the screen with his implosive one man against the world act. As a loner on a rampage after the love of his life is killed, he brings to the table a certain intensity which unfortunately, in this case, can only go this far and no further. (more…)

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Movie Review: Humshakals

Movie Review Rating: 2/5. Tamanna Bhatia makes so many faces in every frame you wonder if she’s auditioning for a film against cocaine addiction while pretending to be in a comedy about three sets of identical characters wackily whooping it up. (more…)

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Movie Review: Machli Jal Ki Rani Hai

The horror genre in Bollywood suffers because of its inability to reinvent itself over the years.

Linda Blair played the girl possessed in William Friedkin’s “The Exorcist“. Forty years later the very talented Swara Bhaskar gives the devilish avatar a try. She works hard on getting the twisted and contorted face and body language right. But Swara, bless her possessed soul, is let down by a tacky script and the director’s inability to take the spooky genre where it hasn’t been before. (more…)

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Movie Review: Chal Bhaag

Movie Review Rating: 2.5/5. To come across a film with so many talented actors all under one roof is a delightful experience. “Chal Bhaag” is one of those hectically plotted adventure stories where the fast flowing fund of ideas and words indicate the presence of minds that understand the grammar of commercial cinema. (more…)

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Movie Review: Grace of Monaco

Movie Review Rating: 2.5/5. ‘Fairytales‘ and ‘women of substance‘ have always been desirable subjects for filmmakers across the world. And “Grace of Monaco” has both; an actress marrying her Prince Charming and then sticking to her commitment for life. (more…)

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Movie Review: How To Train Your Dragon 2

Movie Review Rating: 3.5/5. Packed with an energetic and morally complex drama, writer-director Dean DeBlois’ “How To Train Your Dragon 2” is an animated, inspiring, coming-of-age, fantasy film that offers wholesome entertainment with its technical brilliance. (more…)

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Movie Review: Fugly

Movie Review Rating: 4/5. Let’s first get the picture right. Contrary to what the trailers and promotional images suggest, “Fugly” is not a ‘Fukrey’-friendly flick about four friends having a ball in life. This film means business. (more…)

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Movie Review: Edge of Tomorrow

Director Doug Liman‘s “Edge of Tomorrow” is a shrewdly crafted concept heavy sci-fi film that gets ridiculously complicated, hauntingly bizarre and inexplicably silly at times. Packed and fatalistic humour, set in a futuristic world that is attacked by extraterrestrial aliens called Mimics, the film with its flimsy, one-dimensional approach to desperation and annihilation, takes liberties with its audience’s expectations. (more…)

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Movie Review: Filmistaan

Movie Review Rating: 4/5. Hold this film tight. There is an utterly moving sequence towards the end of this lovely parable on cross-border amity where Sunny(Sharib Hashmi), who has strayed into Pakistan, confesses to Aftaab(Innamulhaq) that he is obsessed with Bollywood and wants to be a hero, though he knows he doesn’t have it in him. (more…)

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Movie Review: Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty

Movie Review Rating: 4.5/5. Let me stick my neck out just this once to say “Holiday – A Soldier Is Never Off Duty” is going to be a huge success. It has all the trappings of a superlative masala entertainer, plus a thought provoking message on the uneasy relationship between the army and civilians. (more…)

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Movie Review: Citylights

Movie Review Rating: 4/5 .. The city sucks. And it sucks in the uninitiated, swallows up the innocent wholesale, diminishes the individual’s ego. If you happen to be one of the multitude of faceless migrants, you are in for a really grueling time. (more…)

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Movie Review: Maleficent

Movie Review Rating: 2.5/5. God save the classic fairytales and their antagonist! “Maleficent“, Disney’s rehash of “Sleeping Beauty” is a case in point. At the very onset, the unseen narrator voiced by Janet McTeer, advises the viewers, “that the story we think we know, isn’t the truth“. It is an intriguing way to upend expectations and give the filmmakers a blank slate. But it’s soon obvious that there’s not a lot of narrative ingenuity here. (more…)

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Movie Review: Blended

Movie Review Rating: 3/5. After a bout of techno-savvy films in the last few weeks, “Blended” is a welcome delight. A frothy, light summer family entertainer, it keeps you in splits with constant gags and cheeky one-liners, along with slapstick and situational dramedy. (more…)

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Movie Review: The Raid 2

Movie Review Rating: 2/5. “The Raid 2” is an Indonesian martial arts action porn, treated in noir style. It takes off from where it left in the 2011 released “The Raid“. Presented through an undercover policeman’s point of view, it is a convoluted crime saga designed in a Godfather-style father-son crime drama with a whole sub-set of assassin characters who have their own storylines and sequences. (more…)

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Movie Review: Heropanti

Movie Review Rating: 3.5/5. There’s nothing honourable about honour killing. But by jove, it makes for a terrific story specially when the intention is to weave a genial love story around a serious issue. (more…)

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Movie Review: Kochadaiiyaan

Movie Review Rating: 2.5/5. “Kochadaiiyaan” as a Rajinikanth film has all the elements to satisfy his fans. It has a grand introduction scene, which is followed by an extremely inspiring song, breathtaking stunt sequences, mass appeal dialogues and most importantly the superstar himself in three larger-than-life roles, doing everything that’s impossible to do in real life. (more…)

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Movie Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past

Movie Review Rating: 2.5/5. The “X-Men” franchise usually appeals or makes sense only to Marvel Comic Book fans who are well versed with the characters and their characteristics. And this one is no different. “X-Men: Days of Future Past“, the seventh in the series is by far the most magnificent and most ambitious chapter, reuniting characters from the first four instalments: “X-Men” (2000), “X2: X-Men United” (2003), “X-Men: The Last Stand” (2006) and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (2009). (more…)

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