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Monday, July 23, 2018

Shalini Langer


Hotel Transylvania 3 movie review: The Adam Sandler franchise seems to have finally run out of all jokes
Fri, Jul 20, 2018

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation movie review: All said and done, as Dracula himself puts it, a cruise is nothing but a hotel on water. And it's about time this film checked out of one.

Skyscraper review: Strictly for Dwayne Johnson fans
Fri, Jul 20, 2018

Skyscraper movie review: Rawson Marshall Thurber is more intent on showcasing Dwayne Johnson’s indisputable superhuman, but also much exposed, talents.

Antman and the Wasp movie review: Paul Rudd impresses once again
Sat, Jul 14, 2018

Ant-Man and the Wasp movie review: Having delivered a surprise hit with 2015 film Ant-Man, director Peyton Reed again banks on the fact that the biggest strength of his Marvel superhero is his ordinariness and likeability.

Isle of Dogs movie review: This Wes Anderson film is disappointing
Sat, Jul 07, 2018

Isle of Dogs movie review: Isle of Dogs is disappointing, in the stereotypes it wields, in the history it seems not to care for, in the clever jokes it can't resist succumbing to, and ultimately in its treatment of the four-legged species it seems devoted to.

Sicario Day of the Soldado movie review: The Benicio Del Toro starrer ends up being a Mexican film
Sat, Jul 07, 2018

Sicario Day of the Soldado movie review: Sicario: Day of the Soldado really comes alive, in the blood, sweat and tears of the Mexicans seeking "paradiso", one way or another, across an increasingly dangerous border.

Incredibles 2 movie review: The superhero family entertains again
Fri, Jun 22, 2018

Incredibles 2 movie review: The highest points of the film and its acutest observations -- even if predictable -- remain Mr Incredible Bob Parr's struggles with reconciling to the success of his wife, Elastigirl Helen, in a new superhero role.

Ocean’s 8 movie review: The Sandra Bullock starrer is a frothy caper
Fri, Jun 22, 2018

Ocean's 8 movie review: Scene-stealers in their own right, neither Sandra Bullock nor Cate Blanchett manage to infuse their roles with that star gloss.

Hereditary review: The Toni Collette starrer is a film of breathing, tangible horror
Fri, Jun 22, 2018

Hereditary movie review: Just when we are marvelling at the horror that can be wrought from family dynamics around a polished dinner table, Aster ditches the fork for the pitchfork.

Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom movie review: This Chris Pratt starrer is a film of our times
Fri, Jun 08, 2018

Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom movie review: It's a film of our times. As scientists underline that we are now into the 'Anthropocene epoch' -- or a human-influenced age, for the first time in Earth's history -- and as man plays God with nature, Fallen Kingdom does well to catch on.

You Were Never Really Here movie review: Watch it for Joaquin Phoenix
Sat, Jun 02, 2018

You Were Never Really Here movie review: The Joaquin Phoenix starrer is disturbingly stylised given that it is dealing with a crime of such nature -- eventually leading up to a resolution that is almost too easy when all it has done is ask us to toughen up.

High Jack movie review: This Sumeet Vyas starrer repeats one joke too many
Fri, May 18, 2018

High Jack review: As is the bane of many a Hindi film, High Jack repeats one joke too many, and in seeking an ending where its characters all look good in that much-told rich-vs-poor tale, does ultimate injustice to them.

Deadpool 2 review: The Ryan Reynolds starrer hits the right spots much more effortlessly than its prequel
Fri, May 18, 2018

Deadpool 2 movie review: It is all too confusing in the beginning, and much too smart at times — again — for its own good. But as Ryan Reynolds gets other people to match his wits against, Deadpool 2 starts hitting the spots it wants too, much more effortlessly than its prequel.

Hope Aur Hum movie review: Naseeruddin Shah deserves better
Fri, May 11, 2018

Hope Aur Hum movie review: Hope Aur Hum doesn't believe in subtlety when it comes to drumming home its message of old giving way to the new, saddling Naseeruddin Shah with the burden of making audiences hope that, surely, there is something better around the corner.

Raazi movie review: A film like Raazi needs to be made
Fri, May 11, 2018

Raazi movie review: Meghna Gulzar paces the film well, fleshing out the characters who make up the Sayed family, into which Sehmat is married, and then gradually turning up the tension as the bride’s cover wears thin.

102 Not Out movie review: The Amitabh Bachchan starrer is happy making old age seem all sunshine
Fri, May 04, 2018

102 Not Out review: No doubt it's great to see a film about two old people. But we have seen both Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor in that avatar in better films (Piku especially, and in Kapoor & Sons) before this.

Omerta movie review: A surprisingly passion-less biopic of Omar Saeed Sheikh
Fri, May 04, 2018

Omerta review: Hansal Mehta's Omerta, starring Rajkummar Rao, is a surprisingly passion-less, rote incident-by-incident telling of the story of a man who is part of one of the most shameful chapters in India’s terror history.

Avengers Infinity War review: Moments of levity are few in this Marvel film
Fri, Apr 27, 2018

Avengers Infinity War review: As Thanos sits with "glorious sunshine" playing on his face -- a sad fellow eventually after getting what he wanted -- the second part of this cinematic battle is already on the drawing board somewhere..

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.