Shalini Langer

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Yesterday movie review: A breezy watch

Yesterday movie review: Richard Curtis and co-writer Jack Barth keep the film light, easy and fun, with of course great music to keep it all rolling.

Spider-Man Far From Home movie review: Lost and Found

Right till the end, the film's heart remains in the right place, whether it's the brief moments Peter can steal for MJ, the times he reaches out for someone to talk to, and the short sequence that shows he is ready to be what the film always intended him to be: Tony Stark.

Annabelle Comes Home movie review: Ghosts of the past

Annabelle Comes Home movie review: As Annabelle Comes Home drags on and on without turning up the chill factor, you wonder whether Gary Dauberman, directing for the first time but a well-settled collaborator in Conjuring films, has run out of scares.

Toy Story 4 movie review: Pixar delivers yet again

Toy Story 4 movie review: Even for Pixar, this fourth part seems a lazy concession to the exigencies of a profitable enterprise — though the studio with the magic touch does even this better than most.

X-Men Dark Phoenix movie review: Rising from the Ashes

X-Men Dark Phoenix movie review: This superhero film gives us a heroine who is unapologetically strong, stronger than all the men in the room, sturdier than the one she is in love with, with no feminine qualities to make her go down easy with the audiences.

Can You Ever Forgive Me? movie review: Watch it for Melissa McCarthy and Richard E Grant

Melissa McCarthy loses herself in the role of a woman who showers more love on a cat than anybody, including herself. But it is Richard E Grant who is stunning, especially in one of his last shots, which feels like a genuine goodbye.

Rocketman movie review: Hits all the right notes

Taron Egerton is an inspired choice to play the flamboyant rock star, and more than physical resemblance, the actor goes for capturing Elton's essence, as the film pans outside the studios to film his hits against settings that could have been a possible inspiration.

Godzilla King of the Monsters movie review: It’s imagination gone wild

Godzilla 2 review: It's imagination gone wild, in kinds, numbers, types, scales of giants, who clash everywhere from Mexico to Antarctica, and from underwater to up in the air.

Aladdin movie review: Will Smith steals the show

Aladdin movie review: It is the magic carpet and Smith who steal the show. As the genie who can grant your any wish, he is the Smith of old, wacky, smooth and just having fun.

Long Shot movie review: A warm little rom-com

Long Shot movie review: Long Shot may fall short as a political commentary, it surprisingly turns up a warm little rom-com about an investigative journalist who looks like Rogen and a Secretary of State making her presidential bid who looks like Theron.

Brightburn movie review: An interesting subversion

Brightburn movie review: It may be no coincidence that several names behind this film, from director Yarovesky and writers Brian Gunn and Mark Gunn, to child actor Dunn, are variously associated with the ever-expanding universe of super-men and women.

The Hustle movie review: This Anne Hathaway film offers a few mild chuckles

While Anne Hathaway is good on her own, and looks exquisite, her Josephine is too cold and calculated to be likable. Rebel Wilson, on the other hand, is a charm, her spontaneity and willingness to let go can have anyone genuinely fooled.

John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum movie review: Keanu Reeves is at his fighting best

John Wick 3 movie review: The scriptwriters fiddle with the idea of authority, independence, control, and choice. But wisely, don’t tax themselves too much, sticking to the essential purpose of this franchise — showcasing Keanu Reeves at his best.

The Intruder movie review: The Dennis Quaid-starrer is a cliche-ridden mess

The Intruder movie review: Somewhere under all that face-muscle twitching, lip-quivering, eye-glowering, gun-wielding person of Charlie (Dennis Quaid) is an actor.

A Dog’s Way Home movie review: Just plain ridiculous

A Dog's Way Home movie review: Bryce Dallas Howard puts in her all into voicing the dog, and the film plays aloud Bella's every random thought for our benefit.

The steel-strong ideal man and the redundancy of such masculinity

Or is it that we don’t need a “mard” at all? It took Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, new mother, probably facing the same aches and pains as many of us, to just show the courage to don a scarf and hug whom it matters, to try heal a nation’s wounds. It may not have been enough for New Zealand, but it was something.

Avengers Endgame review: A spectacular send-off

Avengers Endgame review: Having laboured over setting up the final battle in Avengers: Infinity War, Directors Anthony and Joe Russo get their act together to give a proper, emotional, funny and, yes, even spectacular, send-off to a cast of characters we have come to know (and, mostly love) over 22 films and 10 years.

The Curse of the Weeping Woman movie review: Ghost of a Tale

The Curse of the Weeping Woman movie review: Debutant director Michael Chaves, trying to earn his Conjuring stripes, stretches a thin story, and then some more, refusing to give either Llorana or Anna or her two children a break.

Pet Sematary movie review: This Stephen King adaptation leaves you with a lingering sense of dread

Pet Sematary movie review: Horror aficionados Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer are helped by a solid cast, who help establish the Creeds as a family who love each other and, importantly, whom we come to care for.

Hellboy movie review: A deafening mish-mash of partly likeable characters

Hellboy movie review: David Harbour of Stranger Things does a fine enough job as the brick-red man who emerged from the depths of hell with sawed horns on the forehead, a tail and a metallic hammer-like appendage for an arm.