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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.

The Girl on The Train movie review: This is grave injustice
Fri, Oct 14, 2016

The Girl on The Train movie review: Emily Blunt brings such a raw, pained, mortified portrait of an alcoholic to live that it's a shame that the filmmakers fail to recognise this as essentially her story.

Saat Uchakkey movie review: When gods co-exist with item numbers
Fri, Oct 14, 2016

Saat Uchakkey movie review: Old ghosts and new dreams survive side by side in this Manoj Bajpayee, Vijay Raaz film as we get to see Old Delhi like we have never seen it before.

The Other War
Tue, Oct 18, 2016

Getting a teen to study extra hours also involves mines, surgical strikes — even LoCs

The wars I could do without
Sun, Oct 09, 2016

How WhatsApp groups have made our worlds smaller, more intrusive and less gracious.

Miss Peregrine’s home for Peculiar Children movie review: Where peculiar is not impenetrable
Fri, Oct 07, 2016

Miss Peregrine's home for Peculiar Children movie review: Unlike other films of a similar nature, of kids with unnatural or supernatural powers, here the children, very young to almost adult, never look like they can make their way out alive.

Queen of Katwe movie review: A film with the warmest happily ever after
Fri, Oct 07, 2016

Queen of Katwe movie review: Queen of Katwe's power lies far from the distant, ascetic tournament halls that Phiona finds herself in. It lies in the streets, drains, sludge, tattered windows, door-less, roof-less houses that she inhabits when away from that world.

Bridget Jones’s Baby movie review: This is a labour of love
Fri, Sep 23, 2016

Bridget Jones's Baby movie review: Bridget doesn't have an easy time having that child. It is a labour -- of love, still -- for the rest of us too.

The Magnificent Seven movie review: The film is way past its sell-by date
Fri, Sep 23, 2016

The Magnificent Seven movie review: Fifty-six years later, Antoine Fuqua movie seems way past its sell-by date, and without bringing little new to the table.

The Shallows movie review: Blake Lively shoulders her solo effort well
Fri, Sep 16, 2016

The Shallows movie review: Blake Lively starrer can seem repetitive, and a little pointless in the talk that Nancy has going with the seagull and later with a camera.

The Light Between Oceans movie review: A deep-seated passion, bound by unsaid pain
Fri, Sep 16, 2016

The Light Between Oceans movie review: "You only have to forgive once." For all its faults, Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander starrer can be forgiven for giving us this one line.

Sully movie review: The human side of Miracle on the Hudson
Fri, Sep 09, 2016

Sully movie review: In this Clint Eastwood film, Tom Hanks plays the all-American hero who has this ship cruising even through turbulent spots.

Skiptrace movie review: Jackie Chan is back in a Jackie Chan buddy comedy
Fri, Sep 02, 2016

Skiptrace movie review: The Jackie Chan film builds towards a buddy partnership as action remains unimaginative and the laughs few.

Don’t Breathe movie review: The standout horror movie of the year
Fri, Sep 02, 2016

Don't Breathe movie review: Stephen Lang plays an Iraq War veteran who scares three teenaged robbers, and us, with his heavily wrinkled face and unseeing steely grey eyes before he turns tha tables on them.

Nine Lives movie review: The Tom-cat game becomes too vague to hold the plot
Sat, Aug 27, 2016

Nine Lives movie review: It is a desperate attempt at making the audience laugh.

Mechanic: Resurrection movie review: Jason Statham returns as the hitman but fails to keep track with its prequel
Fri, Aug 26, 2016

Mechanic: Resurrection movie review: Jason Statham tries hard to stay upbeat with his adrenaline rushing avatar. But somewhere in the middle he gets trapped in bad script and forced action.