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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.

Triple 9 movie review: Kate Winslet tries hard, really hard
Fri, Mar 11, 2016

Triple 9 movie review: Kate Winslet starrer Triple 9 is as mixed-race as it gets, with no obvious stereotypes.

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi movie review
Fri, Mar 04, 2016

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi movie review: As far as bucks-for-bangs goes, 13 Hours doesn't disappoint.

45 Years movie review: Charlotte Rampling is fabulous
Fri, Mar 04, 2016

45 Years movie review: Charlotte Rampling, nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress, is fabulous in both her vulnerability and the need to put up a strong front.

Carol movie review: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara shine in the film
Fri, Feb 26, 2016

Carol movie review: While Blanchett not surprisingly is great as this very rich and polished yet dangerously brittle woman who starts off as the more confident and even a tad pushy one in the affair, Mara is a revelation as a girl who is as vulnerable as she is generous.

The Revenant movie review: Leonardo DiCaprio gives this film all he has got
Fri, Feb 26, 2016

The Revenant movie review: Leonardo DiCaprio, as DiCaprio does, gives this film all he has got, and more, as he crawls, strips, grunts and grates, and is butchered and butchers in return, for revenge.

Raising India: What a mother can teach the BJP
Mon, Feb 22, 2016

As someone who still halts when Jana Mana Gana is played, it gladdens my heart that revising the fundamental rights ahead of his annual examinations, my son wants to know how shouting slogans breaks any of those.

Spotlight movie review: Mark Ruffalo’s film shines its light on the dark recesses where the truth hid
Fri, Feb 19, 2016

Spotlight movie review: Mark Ruffalo's film is a gripping portrait of what happens when institutions decide they are bigger than the people who make them.

Deadpool movie review: Nothing much happens in Ryan Reynolds film
Fri, Feb 12, 2016

Deadpool movie review: Ryan Reynolds is good though, fulfilling all that's required of him in a role where he must surpass at everything, whether standing up, horizontal in air or lying down.

Trumbo movie review: Bryan Cranston’s film script is exact and precise
Fri, Feb 12, 2016

Trumbo movie review: The film is a fascinating account of how show business works, where success ultimately subverts everything else.

Fitoor review: Katrina, Aditya’s film spares no one, not Kashmir, not Delhi
Sun, Feb 14, 2016

Fitoor review: Katrina Kaif starrer spares no one, not Kashmir, not Delhi, not London, not Kashmiris, and not even poor Pakistan, which somehow finds its way into this tale essentially about love traversing social divides.

The Choice movie review: Nicholas Sparks film keeps its ambition low
Fri, Feb 05, 2016

The Choice movie review: Considering The Choice begins with a grim visit to the hospital and that very portentous line -- "The biggest secret of life is making decisions" -- you can guess what that actually is.

The Finest Hours movie review: Craig Gillespie’s film is an effective choice
Fri, Feb 05, 2016

The Finest Hours movie review: Chris Pine as the anchor of that boat and hence this film is an effective choice, a good-looking, clean all-American hero with the shiny eyes one can't ignore.

The Boy movie review: best part about this horror film is, it doesn’t waste too much time getting started
Fri, Jan 29, 2016

The worst part about The Boy is just when the premise starts to work, thanks in large part to praiseworthy acting by all its main protagonists particularly the boy's aged parents, director Bell loses control.

Room movie review: what if the world is no bigger than a small room
Fri, Jan 29, 2016

The first part of Room ends with Jack's flight -- almost too quickly. The rest, dealing with their life in the world outside, is more predictable, more practical.

The 5th Wave movie review: Large portions of the popular book have been left out in filming
Fri, Jan 22, 2016

The 5th Wave movie review: The 5th Wave doesn't get to attack Earth just once but, as the name suggests, five times. None of them feels close enough.

Joy movie review: David O Russell film shines when Jennifer Lawrence comes on screen
Fri, Jan 22, 2016

Joy movie review: David O Russell's film works scene from scene, and shines when some of its actors including Jennifer Lawrence (nominated for an Oscar) come on screen.

The Hateful Eight movie review: Quentin Tarantino’s film is an indulgence
Fri, Jan 15, 2016

The Hateful Eight movie review: The Quentin Tarantino's film, unfurled as "chapters", feels like an actual short story for a cold winter day.

The Danish Girl movie review: Eddie Redmayne is an inspired choice to play Einar
Fri, Jan 15, 2016

The Danish Girl movie review: Director Tom Hooper gets everything right. The problem is that his Einar/Lili is etched in the same perfect strokes. You are impressed, you are not moved.