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Dhaakad movie review: Kangana Ranaut, Divya Dutta do the heavy lifting in this slick action film
Fri, May 20, 2022

Dhaakad movie review: A slick action film that is also coherent – Kangana Ranaut-Divya Dutta-Arjun Rampal film is an achievement.

Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 movie review: Tabu towers over everyone in this Kartik Aaryan-Kiara Advani retread
Fri, May 20, 2022

Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 movie review: Don’t go expecting any light touches, or any hummable music like Part I in Kartik Aaryan-Kiara Advani film. There are repeated jokes at the expense of an overweight child and a hard-of-hearing pandit.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness movie review: Really a multiverse of muchness, not amounting to much
Sat, May 07, 2022

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness review: It may be the Multiverse of Madness (which it is), but it is above all the Multiverse of Marvel.

Memory movie review: Liam Neeson film astounds you with its laziness
Fri, Apr 29, 2022

Memory movie review: The film meanders in the middle, not knowing what to do with its actors, or its story of bad men and vulnerable immigrant girls.

Giving love a chance
Sun, Apr 24, 2022

Shalini Langer writes: Hate needs loud slogans, blaring songs and increasingly a bulldozer. Love needs no language.

Sonic The Hedgehog 2 movie review: Barely plods along
Fri, Apr 22, 2022

Sonic The Hedgehog 2 movie review: Twice the screaming and the blasting, half the need for any real plot development.

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent movie review: This Nicolas Cage film is burdened by the weight of its title
Fri, Apr 22, 2022

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent movie review: But for Nicolas Cage giving it all he has got, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent would collapse under its own pretensions.

A Hero movie review: Asghar Farhadi film is an intricate look at complex questions of life
Fri, Apr 08, 2022

A Hero movie review: A Hero is a story laid layer upon layer, an outer structure holding up the insides, the whole edifice vulnerable to one false step.

Fantastic Beasts The Secrets of Dumbledore movie review: A trick that has far outlived its big finish
Fri, Apr 08, 2022

Fantastic Beasts The Secrets of Dumbledore movie review: It’s hard to shake off the knowledge that we are still in the middle of a very long, very successful commercial franchise that has long put behind where it all started.

Morbius movie review: This Jared Leto film proves that the best of Morbius is already behind him
Fri, Apr 01, 2022

Morbius movie review: Morbius is a cash-grab that knows what it is. Jared Leto film goes for an understated, consistent story where great powers do come with great responsibilities.

King Richard movie review: Will Smith aims for glory
Sat, Mar 26, 2022

King Richard movie review: Even in the highly competitive, fishbowl world of parenting, Richard Williams stood apart. He didn't just dream big, he dreamed big twice over.

All things fair and un-ugly: Gangubai Bollywood wadi
Sun, Mar 20, 2022

It is in this world that Gangubai Kathiawadi belonged, and beat it enough times to earn a bust with a plaque in her room in Kamathipura, a chapter in a book on the Mafia Queens of Mumbai, and a film on her.

Parallel Mothers review: Penelope Cruz shines in Pedro Almodóvar film
Fri, Mar 11, 2022

Parallel Mothers movie review: While the Oscar-nominated Penelope Cruz is just very, very good as a woman confronting motherhood, loss and peace, Milena Smit matches her step by step despite her obvious, striking youth.

The Batman review: A bloated 3-hour marathon dragged down by ponderous dialogue
Fri, Mar 04, 2022

The Batman review: The Batman makes a big deal of a lot about its hero. Everything about him moves in slower motion, which by the way could partly explain the bloated 3-hour length of the film.

Licorice Pizza movie review: A warm, sunny and pleasurable nostalgia trip
Fri, Feb 25, 2022

Licorice Pizza movie review: Paul Thomas Anderson’s most relaxed and happy film, Licorice Pizza has hardly any clouds on its horizon.

Uncharted movie review: Tom Holland gives it his all in action adventure
Fri, Feb 18, 2022

Uncharted review: Director Ruben Fleischer stuffs the film with way too many strands than he can handle, way too much digging around a dungeon, and way less mystery than the premise promises.

Marry Me movie review: The Jennifer Lopez starrer is as bizarre as it gets
Fri, Feb 11, 2022

Marry Me movie review: One can't help but feel that this is the entirety of Jennifer Lopez's life that you are seeing on screen, as undoubtedly director Kat Coiro wants you to.

Death on the Nile movie review: Gal Gadot film is a bit of a stretch, and Kenneth Branagh makes it worse
Fri, Feb 11, 2022

Death on the Nile movie review: With so many magnificent actors around, you just want Kenneth Branagh to get on with it. And wear a smaller moustache.

The Tragedy of Macbeth movie review: Denzel Washington is a masterclass in one of the finest films of the year
Fri, Jan 14, 2022

The Tragedy of Macbeth movie review: In a cast of impeccable quality, Denzel Washington is a triumph. The actor requires no trappings to be regal and is a masterclass.

The perfect mom? Should there be one?
Tue, Jan 11, 2022

Is there space for a mother who loves what her tiny tots have brought into her life, but also resents how much they have taken up of it?

The Matrix Resurrections review: Keanu Reeves, Carie-Ann Moss’ Neo and Trinity inhabit a very real world
Thu, Dec 23, 2021

The Matrix Resurrections movie review: Is choice merely an illusion, the Matrix wants us to muse. Certainly, the decision to revive Neo was dictated by studio pressures. But it’s choice that wins, not illusion.

Spider-Man No Way Home movie review: Tom Holland and a host of villains entertain in messy threequel
Fri, Dec 17, 2021

Spider-Man No Way Home movie review: The film gives you bangs to the power of three for your buck, as Tom Holland’s Peter remains as likable and eager as ever.

West Side Story movie review: Steven Spielberg puts a modern twist on timeless story
Fri, Dec 10, 2021

West Side Story movie review: In the divisions, tensions, uncertainties and silences of Steven Spielberg's film, as much as in some of its songs, we notice our own worlds and realities.

House of Gucci movie review: Lady Gaga shines in Ridley Scott directorial
Sat, Nov 27, 2021

House of Gucci movie review: Lady Gaga's Patrizia Reggiani, the woman in fur caps, leopard prints, big nails, golden jewellery, and ever-changing bouffant, consistently prevents Ridley Scott's latest from becoming overboring, overlong and over-serious.

The missing Draupadis of UP fight
Mon, Nov 22, 2021

Shalini Langer writes: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's attempts to rouse them did not really draw a response, and the “Suno Draupadi” poem drifted away without creating waves, same as the river lapping behind her.

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