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Nine Lives movie review: The Tom-cat game becomes too vague to hold the plot
Sat, Aug 27, 2016

Nine Lives movie review: It is a desperate attempt at making the audience laugh.

Mechanic: Resurrection movie review: Jason Statham returns as the hitman but fails to keep track with its prequel
Fri, Aug 26, 2016

Mechanic: Resurrection movie review: Jason Statham tries hard to stay upbeat with his adrenaline rushing avatar. But somewhere in the middle he gets trapped in bad script and forced action.

Pete’s Dragon movie review: This dragon doesn’t singe, it sneezes
Fri, Aug 19, 2016

Pete's Dragon movie review: With this film, there was a chance to tell the story of a town that changes when it manages to capture a dragon, but the film doesn't have its heart set on it.

Ben-Hur movie review: What this film needs is a Charlton Heston
Fri, Aug 19, 2016

Ben-Hur movie review: Director Timur Bekmambetov's attempt to keep a distance from the 1959 version fails due to how far it seeks to travel. The ending even further dilutes whatever little impact it may have had.

Suicide Squad review: A messy plot meandering to nothingness
Fri, Aug 05, 2016

Suicide Squad movie review: Jared Leto's Joker tries as does Margot Robbie who brings up the rear, literally, of Suicide Squad but Will Smith-led Suicide Squad is unmanageable.

Jason Bourne movie review: Matt Damon is back but the thrill is missing
Fri, Aug 05, 2016

Jason Bourne movie review: Matt Damon's Jason Bourne is back again in Donald Trump-era war against terror. It is not as much about how many lives saved, as leaving them dead.

Ghostbusters movie review: Special effects are passable, jokes occasional, story not really a parody
Fri, Jul 29, 2016

Ghostbusters movie review: So what is the problem with the new Ghostbusters again? That it replaces an all-male gang with an all-women one? Yes, the fans of the 1984 film do need to worry.

The BFG movie review: The Big Friendly Giant never seemed friendlier
Fri, Jul 29, 2016

The BFG is a winsome tale from Roald Dahl, a writer who hardly went in for easy, simple pleasures. Steven Spielberg is a director whose heart lies in such delights. The movie is true to Dahl's story and Spielberg's spirit.

Lights Out movie review: Can’t always have the lights on
Fri, Jul 22, 2016

Lights Out movie review: Sandberg, who extended his own impressive short by the same name into this extended film, should have let this one rest. Can't always have the lights on.

Star Trek Beyond movie review: Nobody is asking important questions
Fri, Jul 22, 2016

Star Trek Beyond movie review: The film doesn't bother explaining why the universe across planets may be after it. Not that anyone is asking that question, for Star Trek Beyond is much too busy pitting Kirk and company against Krall (Elba) and his lot.

Ice Age Collision Course review: Just plain desperate
Sat, Jul 16, 2016

Ice Age Collision Course review: More than ever, Ice Age is intent on finding love for each of its characters, who go about expressing it in a manner that is absolutely human-like.

The Secret Life Of Pets movie review: Some lives are better left secret
Fri, Jul 08, 2016

The Secret Life Of Pets movie review: The film ends up being about two hostile animals in mortal peril till they literally come out swimming.

Free State Of Jones movie review: Matthew McConaughey’s film does well to juxtapose telling of Knight’s story
Fri, Jul 01, 2016

Free State Of Jones movie review: Gary Ross's film does well to juxtapose telling of Knight's story with the trial his mixed-race descendant is fighting in the same state "85 years later".

The Legend Of Tarzan movie review: Could a Tarzan film be more? Here is an answer — yes
Fri, Jul 01, 2016

The Legend Of Tarzan movie review: David Yates movie gives us a believable reason to revisit the tale of the man raised by apes.

Central Intelligence movie review: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart achieve just the goofiness the film is aiming for
Fri, Jun 24, 2016

Central Intelligence movie review: Central Intelligence had a chance, for the simple fact that Johnson as the CIA strapper with a golden heart and Hart as the loser who gets sucked into his world are suited to their roles.

Independence Day: Resurgence movie review – Some of the fights are impressive, most of the destruction routine
Fri, Jun 24, 2016

Independence Day: Resurgence movie review - Some of the fights are impressive, most of the destruction routine and a large part of the dialogue perfunctory.

The Conjuring 2 review: Two stars
Sun, Jun 12, 2016

The Conjuring 2 movie review: That nun/nut keeps popping up at various times, and The Conjuring 2 does an unsatisfying work of tying it up with the rest of the story.

The Nice Guys movie review: Two stars for Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling starrer
Fri, Jun 03, 2016

The Nice Guys movie review: Both Russell Crowe as the washed-up, rough-edged bouncer-on-hire Healy, and Ryan Gosling as the cynical, heavy-drinking private investigator March are good and cleverly cast.

Angry Birds movie review: Half stars
Sat, May 28, 2016

Angry Birds movie review: Here it's only Red (Sudeikis) who has anger issues, but with his outbursts grounded in very normal causes.

Alice Through The Looking Glass movie review: Fascinating characters is the only reason the movie is different
Fri, May 27, 2016

Alice Through The Looking Glass movie review: You realise that the only reason Through the Looking Glass is different from its many special-effect summer counterparts is its fascinating characters sprung from the book.

X-Men: Apocalypse movie review – Bryan Singer’s movie ensures each mutant characters gets a credible background
Sat, May 21, 2016

X-Men: Apocalypse movie review - Continuing with the strength of this franchise, Apocalypse ensures each of the mutant characters gets a solemn, credible background.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 movie review: Two and half stars
Fri, May 13, 2016

This film is more content playing on its old, successful themes, including a Windex spray, and even inveigles a wedding between Toula's still-squabbling parents under the flimsiest of pretexts to justify the title.

Money Monster movie review: Two and half stars
Fri, May 13, 2016

Julia Roberts is especially good as her role almost entirely involves emoting through her voice, but even George Clooney nicely moderates his charisma to appear desperate and downright unlikable in parts.

1920 London movie review
Sat, May 07, 2016

1920 London review: An infinitesimal number, hopefully, do so chasing an "aatma" that resides in a locket in this Sharman Joshi, Meera Chopra starrer.

Captain America: Civil War movie review
Sat, May 07, 2016

Captain America: Civil War review - The Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr film is as competent a montage as Marvel has been mounting lately, without breaking any new grounds.

10 Cloverfield Lane movie review
Fri, Apr 29, 2016

A SORT-OF sequel to J J Abrams's found-footage 2008 hit Cloverfield, the film steers clear of it but for the name.

The Man Who Knew Infinity movie review
Fri, Apr 29, 2016

There are several infinities in Dev Patel starrer The Man Who Knew Infinity.

The Hunstman: Winter’s War movie review: So why should one watch Winter’s War?
Fri, Apr 22, 2016

The Hunstman: Winter's War movie review: So why should one watch Winter's War? One wishes one could say for its star cast, impressive as it is. However, if the dazzling, imposing Theron is missing but for a few minutes of snarling venom at the end, the others are, to say the least, far from fairy-like.

Before I Wake movie review
Fri, Apr 15, 2016

Haunt, of course, is a euphemism, for this creature inspired by Munch’s Scream generates all but a few giggles.

Demolition movie review, two stars
Fri, Apr 08, 2016

There are many reasons to be worried about the moral centre of Demolition, and none of those concerns the aforesaid friend, played by Jake Gyllenhaal as a vacuous Wall Street type looking for meaning after his wife dies in an accident.

The Jungle Book movie review
Sun, Apr 10, 2016

The Jungle Book is reinvented for 2016 by a director who knows just how to mix the heavy blows with the light touch.

Kung Fu Panda 3 review: Three and half stars
Fri, Apr 01, 2016

The DreamWorks animation says it more effortlessly in action, drawing out each of its village-full of characters with warmth and detail.

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice movie review – Science, faith or fairy tale, nothing can rescue this one
Sun, Mar 27, 2016

Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice review - Supermen may need a bit of it all, but science, faith or fairy tale, nothing can rescue this one.

Bus 657 movie review
Fri, Mar 18, 2016

Bus 657 movie review: There is only one vehicle of consequence in the film, though several give it chase. That is the bus, route no. 657.

Eye In The Sky movie review
Fri, Mar 18, 2016

Eye In The Sky movie review: The icy Alan Rickman, with the cutting inflexion he puts on the word "minister", and the icier Helen Mirren barely disguise their contempt at the dilly-dallying.

The Program movie review: Ben Foster’s eyes wear a constant watchful look
Fri, Mar 11, 2016

The Program movie review: Ben Foster starrer makes an equally compelling case of how even "the world's most tested athlete" got away with cheating for so long.