Shalini Langer

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Submergence movie review: The James McAvoy and Alicia Vikander starrer is let down by a very confused script
Sat, Apr 21, 2018

Submergence review: The film throws the might of two good actors, some metaphysical questions, some ocean bio-mathematics, a lot of schmoozing by candlelight, and some very lame dialogue trying to encapsulate this world, that world, and the other world, all into some words.

Rampage movie review: Dwayne Johnson fails to save this monster film
Fri, Apr 13, 2018

Rampage review: We have seen experiments go more spectacularly wrong before. Rampage tries to go one step further by starting with monsters in space and ending with monsters on the ground. But the film then does little with any of its three.

Peter Rabbit movie review: The Domhnall Gleeson and Emily Blunt starrer is harmless, lazy fun
Fri, Apr 06, 2018

Peter Rabbit review: The jokes are simple, the music less than special, the humour expected, the plot cliched -- and yet, it's not an afternoon wasted.

A Quiet Place movie review: Emily Blunt delivers a chilling performance
Fri, Apr 06, 2018

A Quiet Place review: John Krasinski employs very few tricks in this simple story, except perhaps using children too often to turn up the horror.

Pacific Rim Uprising movie review: The John Boyega starrer is a loud metal-on-metal affair
Sat, Mar 24, 2018

Pacific Rim Uprising review: Guillermo del Toro, still enjoying his Oscar, has to take some blame for this metal-on-metal havoc, which he helmed the first time around as director (Pacific Rim, 2013) and now shepherds as producer.

Hichki movie review: The Rani Mukerji film earns an A
Sat, Mar 24, 2018

Hichki review: While Rani Mukerji is good as always, the actors who play the students are also natural and without any artifice, with the film cleverly dodging stereotypes just when you suspect one around the corner.

7 Days In Entebbe movie review: The Daniel Bruhl and Rosamund Pike starrer is an emotionless drama
Sat, Mar 17, 2018

7 Days In Entebbe movie review: The most satisfying scenes in the film involve Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin (Ashkenazi) and Defence Minister Shimon Peres (Marsan) discussing their options, driven largely by political one-upmanship.

Gringo movie review: This Charlize Theron starrer is a pointless affair
Sat, Mar 17, 2018

Gringo movie review: So, what do we have here? Some very bad people, and two very nice, gullible ones, of opposite sex, and the right ages. Need we say more?

Tomb Raider movie review: Alicia Vikander tries hard to save this film
Fri, Mar 09, 2018

Tomb Raider review: Rarely has an actress gone through more physical battering, even if to establish herself as an action figure. It's hard not to feel for that very sensitive face and that delicately lean frame, which though -- surprise, surprise -- emerges none the worse for wear.

Lady Bird movie review: Saoirse Ronan is a work of art in the film
Fri, Mar 02, 2018

Lady Bird review: Saoirse Ronan, a young actor with that fierce intensity, is a work of art in the film, a girl who knows both her strengths and her limitations. She has an Oscar nomination among the film’s five.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri movie review: Frances McDormand delivers an Oscar-worthy performance
Sat, Feb 24, 2018

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri review: Frances McDormand, an actor never given to exaggerations, is a picture of un-subdued grief here, her eyes vacant and haunting, her pain a gaping wound seeking to be filled.

Game Night movie review: Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams steal the show
Fri, Feb 23, 2018

Game Night movie review: A combination of some nifty directing, winsome acting, and some genuine laughs make Game Night as entertaining a film as one with such limited goals can get.

Hostiles movie review: This Christian Bale starrer is visually impressive
Fri, Feb 16, 2018

Hostiles movie review: The trenchant Christian Bale, always an actor who can make everything he does seem important but remote, struggles to portray a battle-hardened Captain of the Union army.

Black Panther movie review: The Chadwick Boseman starrer is a satisfying watch
Fri, Feb 16, 2018

Black Panther, starring Chadwick Boseman and Michael B Jordan, embraces all the caricatures of Africa, all the presumed facts and conjectures, and weaves them into a story about tradition, strength, loyalty and progress.

The Shape of Water movie review: The Sally Hawkins starrer underlines the power of love
Fri, Feb 16, 2018

The Shape of Water movie review: That The Shape of Water has 13 Oscar nominations indicates that the love story largely floats above the problems with the film — buoyed to a large extent by a timorous, luminous, powerful Sally Hawkins.

The 15:17 to Paris movie review: An ordinary film on extraordinary men
Sat, Feb 10, 2018

The 15:17 to Paris isn't really an original Eastwood story. But it's easy to see what would attract him to this real-life tale about three ordinary Americans, two of them off-duty soldiers, foiling a possible terror attack aboard a train in 2015.

Maze Runner The Death Cure movie review: This Dylan O’Brien starrer fails to impress
Fri, Feb 02, 2018

Maze Runner: The Death Cure movie review: Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) and his friends plunge here right into the mess with the word go, without making any concessions for those who may have come two movies too late into this franchise.

Phantom Thread movie review: This Daniel Day-Lewis starrer is visually delightful
Fri, Feb 02, 2018

With Daniel Day-Lewis declaring Phantom Thread to be his last film, it adds a secondary layer of sadness to this story about an artiste learning to "take it easy".

The Commuter movie review: Just another Liam Neeson starrer
Sat, Jan 20, 2018

The Commuter movie review: After a lot of fighting and punching, little of which has got to do with why this story was set on a train, the film makes its way towards a conclusion that many would have long guessed.

12 Strong movie review: This Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon starrer is gripping
Sat, Jan 20, 2018

12 Strong movie review: 12 Strong is based on a book recounting the true story of the American soldiers who went into war in Afghanistan on horseback, "the first 12 men to fight back" after 26/11.