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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.

Darkest Hour movie review: Gary Oldman delivers an Oscar-worthy performance
Fri, Jan 19, 2018

Darkest Hour can’t avoid comparisons with The Crown, where John Lithgow’s Churchill reluctantly confronts mortality, and faces questions regarding own leadership. Several actors from the Netflix series pop up here in crucial/similar roles.

Downsizing movie review: The Matt Damon and Christoph Waltz starrer is a wan exposition of life
Sat, Jan 13, 2018

Rarely has a film about life seemed less life-like. Waltz in his half-demonic wide smile does stir some motion, but more and more of his roles now seem a parody of the original in Inglourious Basterds.

The Post movie review: The Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks starrer is a timely journalism drama
Sat, Jan 13, 2018

Tom Hanks turns in another impressive performance, more impressive for often being just one of the many men in smoke-filled newsrooms. But it is Meryl Streep who just steals the show from right under their noses.

Paddington 2 movie review: Hugh Grant steals the show
Fri, Jan 12, 2018

Ben Whishaw’s Paddington is a creature of just the right amount of vulnerability and grit. But it is Hugh Grant who is a find here, mocking himself, showing his age, and rocking a neat number in a pink outfit.

Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle movie review: Watch the original Jumanji instead
Sat, Dec 30, 2017

Why would you spend more than two hours watching middle-aged men and a woman go through exploits that look dated even on teens is a question that, one hopes, someone had asked.

The Greatest Showman movie review: The Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron starrer is far from great
Sat, Dec 30, 2017

Where this film, with some talented star wattage, completely flops is in living up to any of its exalted claims. Of showmanship, of storytelling, of being glorious, or of even "a million dreams".

Ferdinand movie review: This animated adaptation tells a compelling story
Fri, Dec 15, 2017

Ferdinand movie review: John Cena is a good choice to play Ferdinand. He steers nimbly around the jokes about a bull's weight, size, and most hilariously, that one, about being a bull in a china shop.

Monsoon Shootout movie review: This Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer is inconsistent
Sat, Dec 16, 2017

Monsoon Shootout movie review: Writer-director Amit Kumar, who has patiently waited for his film's release, deploys an interesting tool to tell a story about an idealistic cop, a hardened criminal, and the Mumbai monsoon.

Daddy’s Home 2 movie review: Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell and Mel Gibson can’t save this holiday film
Fri, Dec 08, 2017

The longest time is spent on the setting of a thermostat. Four grown-up men discussing it in the middle of the night in their underwear isn't as great an idea as it may have seemed on paper.

Mark Felt The Man Who Brought Down the White House movie review: Liam Neeson shines in this long overdue film
Fri, Dec 08, 2017

What lingers behind is Felt's speech to fellow agents, as the White House seeks to halt its Watergate probe. "No one can stop the driving force of an FBI probe," he tells them. "Not even the FBI."

Wonder movie review: Don’t miss this Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay starrer
Sat, Dec 02, 2017

Wonder movie review: In any lesser hands, the film could easily have become either too exploitative or too maudlin. Instead, Chbosky, the co-screenwriter of Wonder, just gets what the book is about.

The Foreigner movie review: Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan are wasted in this Martin Campbell directorial
Sun, Dec 03, 2017

The Foreigner movie review: What is Jackie Chan doing in a film about the festering resentments in Northern Ireland, and a strained peace accord? Being a 'Chinaman'.

I, Padmini
Tue, Nov 28, 2017

Senas, netas may regret the dark corners that are lit up by their posturing.

Coco movie review: Another animated feature about finding yourself
Sat, Nov 25, 2017

Coco movie review: Like many animations before it, Coco is about finding yourself while never losing sight of your family. Disney finds a way to tell this story differently, in an un-American setting.

Murder on the Orient Express movie review: Kenneth Branagh is the saving grace of this Agatha Christie adaptation
Sat, Nov 25, 2017

Murder on the Orient Express movie review: The film is all about Kenneth Branagh, his improvisations, and his morality take on a place and time far removed from the present.

Justice League movie review: This Gal Gadot and Jason Momoa starrer is lighter on its feet than Batman vs Superman
Sat, Nov 18, 2017

Justice League movie review: The film's smartest move is to recognise that Gal Gadot is the beating heart of this enterprise.

A Bad Moms Christmas movie review: This Mila Kunis starrer is an atrocious effort
Tue, Nov 14, 2017

A Bad Moms Christmas movie review: The Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Susan Sarandon starrer ends up resolving mother-daughter conflicts through some very cliched characters and very cliched solutions.

Thor Ragnarok movie review: This Chris Hemsworth and Cate Blanchett starrer will keep you entertained
Fri, Nov 03, 2017

Thor Ragnarok movie cast: Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Anthony Hopkins Thor Ragnarok movie director: Taika Waititi Thor Ragnarok movie rating: 3 stars If you look and fight like Chris Hemsworth, and can drape a cape and fly, who is to argue that life can’t be a funny […]

Geostorm movie review: Gerard Butler is out to save the world but fails
Fri, Oct 27, 2017

Geostorm movie review: Geostorm talks about a desert called 'Registan' in Afghanistan. Much, much later, the film ventures towards Mumbai as the world is collapsing only to show a distraught slum boy trying to save a street dog (where have you seen that before?).

The long and shorts of it
Tue, Oct 24, 2017

It’s not what women show, but what they refuse to hide behind.

Blade Runner 2049 movie review: You will walk away impressed by this Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford starrer
Fri, Oct 06, 2017

Blade Runner 2049 movie review: You will walk away impressed from 2049, mesmerised by its reimagining of Earth, delivered by the multiple Oscar-nominee cinematographer Roger Deakins. But you probably won't care much for this cold, radioactive, and fairly heartless, Earth.

Victoria and Abdul movie review: This Judi Dench and Ali Fazal starrer plays out like a fantasy
Fri, Oct 13, 2017

Victoria and Abdul movie review: Unfortunately, as told by this film, through Ali Fazal whose Abdul is as two-dimensional as a cardboard, with as little insight into the man transported into an alien world, Victoria and Abdul plays out exactly like a fantasy.

American Made movie review: Watch it for Tom Cruise
Fri, Sep 29, 2017

American Made movie review: In American Made, Barry Seal, played by Tom Cruise, is a hot-shot young pilot, who smuggles Cuban cigars on the side, sometime in the 1970s. The CIA spots him, hires him to take pictures of Central America's Communist battlefields, flying really low and really risky.

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.