Shalini Langer


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.

Our Brand is Crisis review
Fri, Jan 08, 2016

Our Brand is Crisis review: While the film is heart-warmingly centered on Bullock, she is at her best neurotic, desperate, redeemable self.

Point Break movie review: Pushing the Limits
Sat, Jan 02, 2016

Point Break review: It’s not just presidents who are bleached of colour. Even thieves must center their wickedness on something as concrete as concern for the earth.

The Peanuts Movie review
Fri, Dec 11, 2015

The Peanut Movie review: The film remains true to Charles Schulz's drawings and pen strokes -- down to the two-dimensional sketches even in 3D -- and his characters.

The Good Dinosaur movie review
Fri, Dec 04, 2015

The Good Dinosaur review: The movie falls the shortest on one of its strongest suits, the story.

Legend movie review
Fri, Dec 04, 2015

Legend review: The movie spends an inexplicable amount of time on the relationship, inter-cut by the Krays' expanding business. The time spent on Frances drags Legend down.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 movie review
Fri, Nov 27, 2015

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 review - The film depicts it well, both the bombed overground and the bleak underworld.

Journey to the centre of the earth
Sun, Nov 22, 2015

Peace is a delicate thing and if you are in Jerusalem, you learn to appreciate it more.

Secret In Their Eyes movie review
Fri, Nov 20, 2015

Secret In Their Eyes movie review: A tighter film would see Billy Ray deploy much cleverer and subtler methods than he does in his pursuit of Marzin/Beckwith. However, that is about the only wrong note Secret in their Eyes strikes.

Spectre movie review: Daniel Craig movie is a pleasure-less, workman-like exercise
Sat, Nov 21, 2015

Spectre movie review: Sam Mendes tries by making a complete break and not giving Daniel Craig the emotional baggage he has been hauling in the last two Bonds.

Hotel Transylvania 2 movie review
Fri, Nov 06, 2015

There are two running gags in Hotel Transylvania 2, and both are not directed at the children. One deals with overprotective parents, the other with over political correctness.

Goosebumps movie review
Fri, Dec 25, 2015

The film 'Goosebumps', directed by Rob Letterman, apparently has author R L Stine's approval. It's hard to see why.

Burnt movie review
Fri, Dec 25, 2015

There are ghosts to be slayed, debts to be paid, beatings to be had, but however much Bradley Cooper's character insults and assails, a helping hand and at least three people in love with him are never too far away.

Rock The Kasbah movie review
Fri, Oct 23, 2015

Rock The Kasbah tries many things without any sense of history, geography or, less ambitiously, irony.

The Last Witch Hunter movie review
Thu, Oct 22, 2015

At a particularly fretful moment in 'The Last Witch Hunter', the 37th Dolan turns to Kaulder and asks, "Does that make sense to you?" The right question would be: "Did they think it should?"

President Pranab Mukherjee stresses on peaceful co-existence
Sat, Oct 17, 2015

The President's office described the visit as a success, saying that India had reiterated its position on Palestine, while making it clear that it wanted better relations with Israel.

Crimson Peak movie review
Fri, Oct 16, 2015

Little makes sense in this visually rich film from that director of the horror Crimson Peak excess Guillermo del Toro, that has ideas as wispy thin as the ghost -- or is it ghosts? -- that populates it.

Bridge Of Spies movie review
Fri, Oct 16, 2015

"What defines us both as American? It is the Constitution, that is the only rule book." That's James B Donovan speaking, and once again Steven Spielberg hits the nail on the head with a film so politically astute for its times.

Israel Visit: Diversity is India’s integrating factor, says Pranab Mukherjee
Fri, Oct 16, 2015

Talking about India’s “significant” Jewish population, he pointed out that Hebrew was being taught in India’s educational institutions long before the State of Israel was established.

At Knesset, President Mukherjee skips violence, focuses on India-Israel relations
Thu, Oct 15, 2015

A day after one of the worst attacks in Jerusalem, Mukherjee disappointed many by not talking about the violence in the Israeli parliament or earlier in Ramallah.

Message clear in Indian President being here: Imad Abu Kishek
Wed, Oct 14, 2015

Welcoming Mukherjee, university president Imad Abu Kishek said, “The message is clear in the Indian President choosing to visit the only Palestinian university in the holy city of Jerusalem.”

Religious aggression behind al-Aqsa tension: Mahmoud Abbas
Tue, Oct 13, 2015

With Ramallah among other places in West Bank witnessing tense clashes among protesters and Israeli security forces, the two sides had a discussion centring around the crisis.

Geneva 1 consensus only way to resolve Syria crisis, agree India, Jordan
Mon, Oct 12, 2015

During the talks, India and Jordan said an understanding was needed to fight terror on all fronts, and it was not enough to talk about a few groups.

Sicario movie review
Fri, Oct 09, 2015

'Sicario', which means hitman, would suffer if Emily Blunt wasn't playing that role. But it also suffers for putting her there, as the outsider in a film with few people without blood on their hands.

‘The Martian’ movie review
Fri, Oct 02, 2015

The Martian review: Glee is the underlying narrative of from this surprisingly optimistic space tale the director who gave us Alien. 'Man stranded on Mars' is just the setting.

Et Tu, Harry Potter? The pressure of organising the perfect birthday party for your child
Sun, Sep 27, 2015

Having long given up the quest to be a perfect mother, I last week gave up the dream of hosting that perfect birthday.

The Intern review
Sat, Sep 26, 2015

The Intern review: Surely, Anne Hathaway was the choice for this role because of The Devil Wears Prada.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials review
Fri, Sep 25, 2015

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials review - The film is nothing more than bombed-out buildings, uprooted roads, sandy banks, deserted malls, dust-laden vehicles, and lots and lots of zombies.

‘Pawn Sacrifice’ Movie Review
Thu, Sep 24, 2015

After watching 'Pawn Sacrifice', the game, that involves kings, queens, knights and bishops, but essentially two players poring over a small table, will never look the same again.