Shalini Langer


Life movie review: Even in space, Life screams Alien
Fri, Mar 24, 2017

Life movie review: In Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal's film, the bodies keep piling, the sacrifices keep multiplying, the alien keeps growing, and the story keeps shrinking.

Beauty and the Beast movie review: A beautiful tale, but was it necessary?
Sat, Mar 18, 2017

Beauty and the Beast movie review: Beauty and the Beast remain safe and secure within its Disney-defined dimensions; its infantile proclamations about a gay character and mixed race couples even further underlining what goes for risk-taking in that world.

Kong Skull Island movie review: King Kong stomps, smashes, crushes in war against US
Fri, Mar 10, 2017

Kong Skull Island movie review: This film revives the King Kong franchise as US lands in the giant apes'backyard and let the bombs fall. For an anti-war film, it is really high on war imagery.

Logan movie review: Wolverine Hugh Jackman’s sendoff is unlike any other X-Men movie
Fri, Mar 03, 2017

Logan movie review: Hugh Jackman bids goodbye to X-Men universe and his role as Wolverine with Logan, which perfectly wraps up his film journey.

Jackie movie review: Natalie Portman film ruffles no feathers
Fri, Feb 24, 2017

Jackie movie review: As an exploration of a woman finding her feet in the limelight, cast by a famous husband or family, Jackie could have worked.

Lion movie review: This is a film you won’t forget in a hurry
Fri, Feb 24, 2017

Lion movie review: There is nothing glorious about poverty, and every time you fear Garth Davis may resort to a trick like that, he stays away.

Split movie review: M Night Shyamalan, James McAvoy deliver a class act
Thu, Feb 23, 2017

Split movie review: The movie marks a return to firmer ground for writer-director M Night Shyamalan and his supernatural/psychological thrillers, and the credit for it goes to James McAvoy.

Irada movie review: Naseeruddin Shah, Arshad Warsi film is a hazardous watch
Sat, Feb 18, 2017

Irada review: The Naseeruddin Shah-Arshad Warsi film gives nothing beyond caricatures, leaving aside the real issue.

Running Shaadi movie review: Taapsee Pannu film huffs and puffs to finishing line
Fri, Feb 17, 2017

Running Shaadi movie review: Despite a novel idea and a fresh pairing in Taapsee Pannu and Amit Sadh, this film fails to engage you.

The Ghazi Attack movie review: India’s first underwater film drowns under its weight
Thu, Feb 16, 2017

The Ghazi Attack movie review: Rana Daggubati and Kay Kay Menon film could have been an engrossing crisis-at-sea drama but the film is so busy slaying Pakistanis that it loses sight of its core strengths.

The Space Between Us movie review: This Fault in Our Stars in zero gravity
Fri, Feb 10, 2017

The Space Between Us movie review: The film has many “facts", and a smattering of alternative facts.

Off With Their Heads
Sat, Feb 04, 2017

It’s taken them six films born of a video game, 14-plus years, and $1 billion in profits to bring the world to this. With many, many zombies still to be killed.

Watchers of the Wall
Sat, Feb 04, 2017

The film is an excuse to showcase the expertise of ancient China when it comes to warfare, to the “barbarian” West.

The Great wall movie review: China’s best meet Hollywood’s biggest
Fri, Feb 03, 2017

The Great wall movie review: The film is an excuse to showcase the expertise of ancient China when it comes to warfare, to the "barbarian" West.

Resident Evil The Final Chapter movie review: This movie can turn you into a zombie
Fri, Feb 03, 2017

Resident Evil The Final Chapter movie review: Milla Jovovich remains fighting fit as she drives off into the sunset saying "my work is not done", it's obvious none of the above matters.

The Founder movie review: A fast food take on McDonald’s story
Fri, Jan 20, 2017

The Founder movie review: The Founder focuses too much on the business side of things -- including a passing reference to Coke sponsorship of menus -- to give us an insight into the man whose ambition now feeds "1% of the world's population" at any given time.

xXx Return of Xander Cage review: Of tyrants, rebels and patriots
Fri, Jan 13, 2017

xXx Return of Xander Cage review: They do grapple in zero gravity and amidst heavy Detroit traffic, though, all in the name of keeping this super-secretive super-surveillance government tool under the radar.

Allied movie review: Two strong characters, one weak film
Fri, Jan 06, 2017

Allied movie review: The passage of time allows Allied to take its characters beyond WWII, while not asking too many questions about it either.

Passengers movie review: Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence film malfunctions mid-flight
Sat, Jan 07, 2017

Passengers movie review: With space travel offered up as the new adventure tour, Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt are actually accidental astronauts. And that is a real disservice to the impressive science of Passengers.

Sing movie review: You’ll leave this with a song on your lips
Fri, Dec 30, 2016

Sing movie review: Who doesn't like to watch a tired old mom or a repressed young son come unshackled on stage? Sing understands this well, and so does little more than putting each one of them on stage one by one.

Assassin’s Creed movie review: Where smart ideas come to die
Fri, Dec 30, 2016

Assassin's Creed movie review: This film has perhaps the most well-cast video-game movie ever. Unfortunately, the script, performances or dialogues cannot keep pace.

Collateral Beauty movie review: At Christmas, a movie hinged on a cruel idea
Fri, Dec 16, 2016

Collateral Beauty movie review: With his daughter dead, Will Smith's Howard is seen building elaborate domino structures, over days at a time, which he then destroys with a flick of his hand.

Wajah Tum Ho movie review: About heaving bosoms and Sharman Joshi’s plight
Sat, Dec 17, 2016

Wajah Tum Ho movie review: Murder and rape, bosoms and hairdos and an unintentional critique of how television news function, Wajah Tum Ho is an unruly mess.

La La Land movie review: This musical has all the joy and wonder of love
Sat, Dec 10, 2016

La La Land movie review: Love is a many-splendored thing. But really all it needs is a girl in a yellow dress, against a violet-hued evening sky, in the soft light of a lamp-post, with a boy carrying her strappy blue heels.

Moana movie review: There has been no Disney princess like Moana
Fri, Dec 02, 2016

Moana movie review: Where Moana consistently hits the mark is the expanse it allows its heroine -- the length and breadth of an ocean -- with the film and the future of the world almost entirely resting on her shoulders.

Arrival movie review: The film drowns in its own loquaciousness
Fri, Nov 25, 2016

Arrival movie review: Arrival's most acute observation is how common language isn't the only key to keep communication going, but the film appears to not notice it.

Why I am not lining up
Tue, Nov 22, 2016

I am done doing my bit if it means standing in queue.

Shut In movie review: Psychologists never had it so bad
Fri, Nov 18, 2016

Shut In movie review: There is so much potential in this Naomi Watts film, but it's incomprehensible.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie review: JK Rowling sets magic in real world
Fri, Nov 18, 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie review: With Eddie Redmayne's deliciously shy Newt Scamander, the delightful sister duo of Tina and Queenie and no-maj Jacob, JK Rowling has done it again.

Billy Lynn’s Long Half-Time Walk movie review: Wars sustain themselves, soldiers are secondary
Fri, Nov 11, 2016

Billy Lynn's Long Half-Time Walk movie review: A timely film which shows the senselessness of a war and meanings that a state and its people try to derive from it.

Rock on 2 movie review: Farhan Akhtar film flounders in its own depth
Fri, Nov 11, 2016

Rock On 2 movie review: Rock On 2 was all about a generation, about love, about growing up, even chasing dreams. But this time round, Farhan Akhtar, Shraddha Kapoor, Arjun Rampal and Purab Kohli film has other plans in place.

Doctor Strange movie review: Nothing about the film seems real
Fri, Nov 04, 2016

Doctor Strange movie review: Everything is forgotten in the brilliant Inception-like reimagining of cities, streets and buildings that the film deploys, as The Ancient One and her pupils battle out Kaecilius and his lynchpins in different dimensions.

Trolls movie review: This is not the road to happiness
Fri, Nov 04, 2016

Trolls movie review: As DreamWorks get to work trying to make your day a little brighter, this film's steadfastly cheery attitude starts grating on the nerves.

Jack Reacher Never Go Back review: Watch this Tom Cruise film for Cobie Smulders
Fri, Oct 21, 2016

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back movie review: Tom Cruise's Jack Reacher should have taken his own advice and "never gone back" down this well-trodden path.

Gandhigiri movie review: This Om Puri film is a crime
Fri, Oct 21, 2016

Gandhigiri movie review: For this Om Puri, Sanjay Mishra film, some questions are better left unasked.

The Accountant movie review: This thriller doesn’t add up
Fri, Oct 14, 2016

The Accountant movie review: Director O'Connor has factored in mathematics too to give us a hero who multiplies numbers as fast as he eliminates people, who beats himself literally to sleep while gazing upon a Pollack fixed on the ceiling.