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Kingsman The Golden Circle movie review: Much ado about nothing
Fri, Sep 22, 2017

Kingsman The Golden Circle movie review: With drugs, piano and one kick-ass scene for recreation, at least Elton John is clearly having fun in this Matthew Vaughn directorial.

American Assassin movie review: This Michael Keaton and Dylan O’Brien movie is a lost opportunity
Fri, Sep 15, 2017

American Assassin movie review: A better film would have done something with the fact that the man Mitch and Hurley end up fighting is a product of the very system that sets people like them out into the world, to ask no questions and do all the bidding. However, American Assassin has little time for such ruminations

IT movie review: The scares are few and far between in this Stephen King adaptation
Fri, Sep 08, 2017

IT movie review: What saves the film from collapsing is the acting by the children, who are effortlessly natural, whether they are just being boys or just being scared kids. As the object of their combined admiration, but with horrors of her own Lillis is both boldly aware and heartbreakingly fragile.

The Dark Tower movie review: There’s nothing great about this Stephen King adaptation
Fri, Aug 25, 2017

The Dark Tower movie review: Matthew McConaughey, as the source of the evil that stands contrary to all such good things, slithers through the film in clothes as slick as his gelled hair, and a face that is tanned leather. Some things remain constant, even in multiverse.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard movie review: Ryan Reynolds is effortless in a nonsensical role
Fri, Aug 25, 2017

The Hitman's Bodyguard movie review: In parts, and very small parts, the banter between Samuel L Jackson and Ryan Reynolds, two indisputably charismatic actors, is funny and makes you forget a lot else that is going around them.

Viceroy’s House movie review: This Huma Qureshi starrer is like a stilted play
Fri, Aug 18, 2017

Viceroy's House movie review: The film wisely declares 'history is written by the victors'. The above Churchill 'factoid' is taken from a little-known book by a former Indian diplomat, Narendra Singh Sarila, who was once a junior member of Mountbatten's staff.

Annabelle Creation movie review: This Conjuring spin-off disappoints
Fri, Aug 18, 2017

Annabelle Creation movie review: The movie has a desolate house, orphans, nun, a mysterious woman behind a curtain, a forbidden door, a scarecrow, a barn, a basement, a chair lift, a lift hidden behind a wall, a well, and lots and lots of dolls.

Atomic Blonde movie review: Charlize Theron kicks things up a notch
Fri, Aug 11, 2017

Atomic Blonde movie review: No one else stands a chance as Charlize Theron blazes through the mess around her, whether wielding a drink on the rocks, or guns; getting out of a bath-tub, or a firefight. We have seen her show her action chops in Mad Max, but here she lifts her game one notch up.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets movie review: A lot of space and time unfilled
Sat, Jul 29, 2017

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets movie review: Apart from the two leads, played by DeHaan and Delevingne, the film doesn't do any justice to any of its other actors. Be it Owen, reduced to the kind of showy military uniform that never comes to any good or a kohl-eyed Hawke, who will hopefully return if this film spawns into a series.

Berlin Syndrome movie review: The Shortland film is trying so hard to say so many things
Fri, Jul 28, 2017

Berlin Syndrome movie review: Shortland adapting a critically acclaimed novel by Melanie Joosten, focuses on a lot of things after this -- Clare's growing frustration, Andi's increasing unpredictability, his father and mother and East Berlin issues, and even the snow and Christmas trees outside.

Munna Michael movie review: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, we get you. It pays to be fair in Bollywood
Fri, Jul 21, 2017

Munna Michael movie review: This Tiger Shroff, Nidhhi Agerwal, Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer is a whole dance-action genre has nothing great about it. Tiger Shroff as Munna Michael dance, Munna fights, Munna dance and fight together, this is what he is doing in the film.

The Black Prince movie review: Duleep Singh is seen in the embarrassingly inadequate form of Satinder Sartaaj
Fri, Jul 21, 2017

The Black Prince movie review: In The Black Prince, the only thing that shows any existential confusion is the hairstyle on that boy who couldn't be king, Duleep Singh. It's longish, Sikhish, bald-ish, and then greyish, depending on the time of his life you meet Duleep.

Dunkirk movie review: This Christopher Nolan war drama is taut, tense and relentless
Fri, Jul 21, 2017

Dunkirk movie review: Christopher Nolan is telling you about defeat, the blood, sweat and tears of it; how it settles into your bones, sets in your face, moves your clawing fingers, hardens your scared heart. The writer-director, who loves playing with time, again tells the story of that week in a non-linear sequence.

Survival of the Fittest
Sat, Jul 15, 2017

It is an impressive film, technologically astounding, and it is a hard-working film, with the camera striving to capture every puff of the nostril of its apes. But that doesn’t necessarily make it a particularly great film.

War For The Planet Of The Apes movie review: A sincere attempt which never soars to the level of a war
Fri, Jul 14, 2017

War For The Planet Of The Apes movie review: It is an impressive film, technologically astounding, and it is a hardworking film, with the camera striving to capture every puff of the nostril of its apes. But that doesn't necessarily make it a particularly great film.

Spider-Man: Homecoming movie review: Tom Holland’s boyish experiments with his superpowers in a man’s world of Avengers, are en pointe
Fri, Jul 07, 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming movie review: The film places Avengers right at the centre of it. It is but natural that they would be famous by now and popular, and that someone would have made motivational videos where they tell schoolchildren to exercise (that’s Captain America, in a series of hilarious videos).

Baby Driver movie review: There is music and there is noise
Fri, Jun 30, 2017

Baby Driver movie review: It's that kind of film, where the bad guys know their music and their madness, in that order. Sometimes they also talk about the music, but none of the high-brow Quentin Tarantino kind of stuff .Just enough to keep the wheels turning.

The Big Sick movie review: Welcome this Anupam Kher film with open arms
Fri, Jun 30, 2017

The Big Sick movie review: If a film can still be made where a person spreads the prayer mat and then dances around it playing video games, where Anupam Kher can play a Pakistani dad, where one can say that he doesn't know whether one believes or not in Allah, and where a mother can pack meat biryani for the road, all is well.

Despicable Me 3 movie review: Minions lose out to Dru’s family and it’s not funny
Fri, Jun 16, 2017

Despicable Me 3 movie review: The film relies on humour and poor visual gags to fill the gaps. And when these run up short, the fact that Despicable Me is essentially on the same page since the first film is more and more obvious. It’s hard to see what Despicable Me 3 is getting at.

Cars 3 movie review: This by-the-book sequel goes the distance
Fri, Jun 16, 2017

Cars 3 movie review: For most of its run, it never gets off the beaten track, following the predictable course of a Hollywood film. In an inspired turn of events that will harm many a heart, Cars 3 breathes a new life into this franchise, even making what is likely to follow worth the wait.

Wonder Woman movie review: Gal Gadot and her superhero will be a hard act to follow
Fri, Jun 02, 2017

Wonder Woman movie review: Gal Gadot bursts onto DC Comics' superhero scene with Wonder Woman, an old-fashioned good vs an evil film that has a scale, that has an ambition, that has the required full-blown finale, but, above all, that has a heart of gold.

Baywatch movie review: Priyanka Chopra to the rescue as film washes up the shore
Fri, Jun 02, 2017

Baywatch movie review: Priyanka Chopra sizzles as Pamela Anderson did once dressed in slinky dresses, twirling a drink and throwing grand parties, she must do so for the sake of all the women “back home” not given their due. She adds the real oomph in this tame Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron affair.

Pirates of The Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge movie review: Johnny Depp is still swaying so we must watch
Fri, May 26, 2017

Pirates of Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge movie review: The dead are not really dead in Pirates of the Caribbean, those living are a miracle in themselves, and few age, especially Johnny Depp.

The Lost City of Z movie review: There is no escape from the jungle
Fri, May 26, 2017

The Lost City of Z movie review: James Gray appears to have a good thing going, with Charlie Hunnam, a blond, strikingly and traditionally good-looking actor who grows on you, hitting all the right notes with Fawcett.

The Circle movie review: Not disturbing enough for us to care
Fri, May 19, 2017

The Circle movie review: Emma Watson is missing out on a lot of activities in the film.

The Sense of An Ending movie review: Ritesh Batra again deals with loneliness, connection
Fri, May 19, 2017

The Sense of An Ending movie review: Just like Lunchbox, Ritesh Batra's new film has at its centre an older, lonely man seeking a connection.

King Arthur movie review: Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur tries hard to play cool, and fails
Sat, May 13, 2017

King Arthur movie review: A lot of heads roll down the gutter, a lot of eyes get rolled by the Mage summoning the magic to help Arthur.

Alien Covenant movie review: Michael Fassbender is the saving grace
Sat, May 13, 2017

Alien Covenant movie review: Michael Fassbender the actor of the perfect composure (a bang-on description, by a character in the film), is superb again, even when all the flying, fighting, flirting and fuming are being done.

Guardians of Galaxy Vol 2 movie review: Marvel just got another heavenly body
Fri, May 05, 2017

Guardians of Galaxy Vol 2 movie review: Chris Pratt is the life of Guardians and with this film more than ever centred around him, looks like he can take on the extra load.

Unforgettable movie review: Digging up the Past
Sat, Apr 22, 2017

Unforgettable is about current girlfriends and ex-wives, one a “chief online editor” and another “a Standford graduate”

The Zookeeper’s Wife movie review: Lost in the Zoo
Sat, Apr 22, 2017

The Zookeeper's Wife movie review: If you will remember anything after watching this film, it will be Antonina (Jessica Chastain) helping save an elephant calf.

Fast and Furious 8 movie review: Vin Diesel has his foot on the pedal, Michelle Rodriguez looks markedly out of form
Fri, Apr 14, 2017

Fast and Furious 8 movie review: Charlize Theron as the digital whiz-kid 'Cipher' is wicked, evil, and stunning.

Colossal movie review: But what is this Anne Hathaway film about?
Fri, Apr 07, 2017

Colossal movie review: While one can still pardon Anne Hathaway almost anything, Jason Sudeikis is just not likeable enough for us to care.

Going In Style movie review: It is a cliche-ridden exercise
Fri, Apr 07, 2017

Going In Style movie review: There are so many cliches running through the film that it is a miracle it got actors such as Caine, Freeman and Arkin to play along.

The Salesman movie review: A patient glimpse of a love slipping away
Fri, Mar 31, 2017

The Salesman movie review: In this delicately crafted story of life, marriage, everyday violence -- and kindness -- writer-director Asghar Farhadi proves once again that there are few filmmakers like him in turning the camera inwards.

The Boss baby movie review: A good premise stretched to the breaking point
Fri, Mar 31, 2017

The Boss baby movie review: Alec Baldwin, the stand-up of the moment, is the Boss Baby, throwing around lines like fired, hired, promoted, and upper-rung and middle-rung management.