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An endearing rom-com worth tasting

An endearing rom-com worth tasting

Aug 18,2017 , 11:51 PM IST | Cinema
‘Bareilly ki Barfi’ is a sweet and delectable romance which begins on a predictable and somewhat placid note, but takes on an interesting hue owing to the sudden twist the tale embarks upon and turning into a love triangle.
Jagga Jasoos: Weak narrative dampens stunning visuals

Jagga Jasoos: Weak narrative dampens stunning visuals

Jul 15,2017 , 02:18 AM IST | Cinema
Designed as a comic book character and mounted as a musical, ‘Jagga Jasoos’ with its episodic adventure tales is a fiction fantasy that is visually appealing. The visuals in the film are striking and surreal.
Mirza Juuliet: Rustic and  banal love saga

Mirza Juuliet: Rustic and banal love saga

Apr 07,2017 , 11:13 PM IST | Cinema
‘Mirza Juuliet’ is Romeo Juliet in a rustic avatar, as it is set in Uttar Pradesh. A feisty girl, Julie is the pampered youngest sister of three brothers -- Dhanraaj (Priyanshu Chatterjee), Bheem and Nakul and can get away with any kind of mischief. 
An ode to pure love

An ode to pure love

Mar 25,2017 , 02:36 AM IST | Cinema
On the face of it, ‘Phillauri’ is the story of a reluctant groom guided by a ghost who helps him overcome his fears about marriage. Set in Punjab, the film starts off as a simple story about an NRI Punjabi boy Kanan (Suraj Sharma) who returns to India to get married to his childhood sweetheart Anu (Mehreen Pirzada).
Entertainingly hard-hitting

Entertainingly hard-hitting

Mar 25,2017 , 02:30 AM IST | Cinema
How a nautch girl, Anaarkali (Swara Bhaskar), in Araj, Bihar, who has received singing and dancing from her mother in legacy, keeps away the advances of debauched Vice Chancellor Dharmendra Chauhan (Sanjai Mishra), and copes with this humiliation, fighting to preserve her dignity forms the crux of this simple but strong film.
Simple and slick

Simple and slick

Mar 25,2017 , 02:25 AM IST | Cinema
A fantasy sci-fiction, ‘Life’, is a simple, engaging outer-space horror thriller that occasionally shows sparks of brilliance in an otherwise ordinary fare.
Lavish, beautifully staged and enacted

Lavish, beautifully staged and enacted

Mar 18,2017 , 02:26 AM IST | Cinema
For those unaware of the story's origin, ‘Beauty and the Beast’ was first written as 'Belle et la Bete' by French novelist Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont in 1756.
A high-concept redemption fare

A high-concept redemption fare

Mar 18,2017 , 02:18 AM IST | Cinema
The film is based on Lauren Oliver's young adult novel of the same name. It is not only about self discovery, but also about the way we should look at others around us. The story takes us through a day in the life of Samantha Kingston (Zoey Deutch), a popular high school girl.
Mechanical sans heart

Mechanical sans heart

Mar 18,2017 , 01:59 AM IST | Cinema
This is a convoluted love story. A car enthusiast and an all-rounder Sara Thapar (Kiara Advani) is the most popular girl at a school somewhere in North India. She is friends with Aditya, Lucky, Sid, Vicky and Aeisha, her besties and it is obvious that Aditya and Vicky are vying for her attention.
A powerfully subtle affair

A powerfully subtle affair

Feb 24,2017 , 03:31 AM IST | Cinema
‘Jackie’, a biographical drama, follows Jacqueline Kennedy during the days when she was the First Lady of America and the few days following the assassination of her husband, President John F Kennedy. It also delivers an important commentary on human nature and American culture.
A heartbreaking experience

A heartbreaking experience

Feb 24,2017 , 03:19 AM IST | Cinema
Adapted from Saroo Brierley's autobiography ‘A Long Way Home’, director Garth Davis' ‘Lion’ is an intimately emotional film despite an extremely underwritten screenplay. It is an adopted boy, Saroo's journey in search of his biological mother.
Flatters to deceive

Flatters to deceive

Feb 10,2017 , 01:29 AM IST | Cinema
A sci-fi romance, this film is targeted at the Valentine Day's audience. While on the face of it, the film is a romantic tale of a boy from Mars and a girl from the Earth, in reality it is a son's search for his biological father. The premise is promising, but the film fails to deliver, simply because of its cheesy execution.
As bland as it can get

As bland as it can get

Feb 04,2017 , 04:36 AM IST | Cinema
‘The Final Chapter’ is the sixth and final instalment of the action packed, sci-fiction horror ‘Resident Evil’ film series, which is loosely based on a video game series of the same name.
This brew is not stimulating enough

This brew is not stimulating enough

Jan 21,2017 , 01:30 AM IST | Cinema
'Coffee with D' is a satire designed on the popularity of a primetime news anchor famed for his loud tirade with the appendix, "The nation wants to know".
Action-packed and loud

Action-packed and loud

Jan 16,2017 , 12:51 AM IST | Cinema
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.
An engrossing period drama 

An engrossing period drama 

Jan 16,2017 , 12:43 AM IST | Cinema
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.
Ok... is passable

Ok... is passable

Jan 14,2017 , 12:53 AM IST | Cinema
A Gen-Y girl and boy meet, are physically attracted, become friends, live-in together, sans any commitment, then eventually fall in love and get married. Familiar? Extremely. Trite, oft-seen and offering nothing new. That in a nutshell, is what Shaad Ali's ‘OK Jaanu’ is.
In tune with modern times

In tune with modern times

Dec 30,2016 , 05:07 AM IST | Cinema
The 3D computer-animated ‘Sing’ is the latest offering from the studio that gave us the ‘Despicable Me’ franchise, ‘Minions’ and ‘The Secret Life of Pets’.
A technical spectacle

A technical spectacle

Dec 10,2016 , 01:29 AM IST | Cinema
A true story, based on the largest oil spill in US history that occurred on April 20, 2010, ‘Deepwater Horizon’ is a disaster-action film about the blowout and explosion of the titular oil rig, off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico.
A near-perfect Disney film

A near-perfect Disney film

Dec 02,2016 , 01:28 AM IST | Cinema
Disney's latest offering ‘Moana’, which means the ocean in Polynesian and Maori languages, is the story of its 12th Princess in its Princess line.
Anna Kisan Baburao Hazare: Motivational and inspiring

Anna Kisan Baburao Hazare: Motivational and inspiring

Oct 15,2016 , 04:50 AM IST | Bollywood
Written-directed by Shashank Udapurkar, who is also in the title role, this film bookends with Anna Hazare's participation in the India Against Corruption movement in 2011, which paved the way for the passage of the Jan Lokpal Bill.
Saat Uchakkey- Movie Review : Pretentious yet entertaining

Saat Uchakkey- Movie Review : Pretentious yet entertaining

Oct 15,2016 , 03:54 AM IST | Cinema
Set in the heart of old Delhi, the film revolves around seven good-for-nothings who want to become rich.
'The Girl on the Train' movie review: Refreshingly riveting

'The Girl on the Train' movie review: Refreshingly riveting

Oct 14,2016 , 04:08 AM IST | Hollywood
Though the story seems contrived with the characters driven by its plot mechanisms, the screenplay written by Erin Cressida Wilson is gripping.
Storks' 3D movie review, rating

Storks' 3D movie review, rating

Sep 25,2016 , 04:31 AM IST | Cinema
Far from appealing - A modern take on the age-old yarn of, "Storks delivering babies", this animated film, Storks’ is confusingly designed. It is far from a look good, feel good film.
Raaz Reboot Full Movie Review, rating

Raaz Reboot Full Movie Review, rating

Sep 18,2016 , 03:47 AM IST | Bollywood
Unconvincing and tedious
A dark, on-the-fence comedy

A dark, on-the-fence comedy

Aug 21,2016 , 03:41 AM IST | Cinema
Based on a true story that took place between 2005 and 2008, Director Todd Phillip's ‘War Dogs’ is a story of two young, unscrupulous "gun runners", who con the American Government and become globally known international arms dealers in a short span of three years.
Bret Lee's UnIndian full movie review, rating

Bret Lee's UnIndian full movie review, rating

Aug 19,2016 , 09:37 PM IST | Cinema
The narrative shuttles between portraying, "Indian culture," how it is perceived and practised and the power of "ICN"- Indian Community Network around the globe.
Pete's Dragon full movie review and rating

Pete's Dragon full movie review and rating

Aug 19,2016 , 05:04 PM IST | Cinema
It tells the tale of an orphan boy, Pete who finds a home with a mysterious dragon.
'Mohenjo Daro': Magnum opus that leaves you wanting 

'Mohenjo Daro': Magnum opus that leaves you wanting 

Aug 12,2016 , 04:34 PM IST | Cinema
Mounted like an epic with elements of romance, state politics and exodus, director Ashutosh Gowariker's "Mohenjo Daro" is loosely based on historical facts. Yet, the film has nothing to do with the history of the place which was abandoned and termed Mohenjo Daro, which means, mount of the dead, when it was rediscovered in the early 20th century.
'Rustom': Intriguing but not engaging

'Rustom': Intriguing but not engaging

Aug 12,2016 , 09:53 AM IST | Cinema
Based on a true incident that occurred in 1959 in Bombay, "Rustom" is a fictionalised crime drama that unfurls the tale of a patriotic Naval Commander Rustom Pavri, who kills his wife Cynthia's paramour Vikram Makhija, after stumbling upon their love affair. The debate, whether the killing was a premeditated murder or an act of self-defence, forms the base of this two and half hour plus film.