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Shalini Langer

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Knives Out movie review: This Daniel Craig film is worth your time
Fri, Nov 29, 2019

Knives Out movie review: Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette and Christopher Plummer slip into their roles with relish.

The Irishman movie review: An intimate, tender look at the Mob and its men
Fri, Nov 29, 2019

The Irishman movie review: This is not a film about growing up but growing old, about what all those years of living entail -- the choices, the betrayals, the loneliness, the love, the pain as well as the aches.

Hotel Mumbai movie review: A chilling film
Fri, Nov 29, 2019

There is no attempt to relieve the tension, no little side stories to humour its audience, and almost no strained sentimentality. However, that both serves this deeply chilling script well -- more chilling for it being real -- and takes away from it.

Pagalpanti movie review: This Anees Bazmee film is a mess
Sat, Nov 23, 2019

Pagalpanti movie review: Some good actors have lent their names to this mess, for what can’t be any other reason than money and the hits somehow against Anees Bazmee’s name.

21 Bridges movie review: An all-too-familiar crime thriller
Sat, Nov 23, 2019

21 Bridges movie review: Several good actors, and charismatic ones like Chadwick Boseman and Sienna Miller, are wasted in this by-the-book crime thriller that seems even more ridiculous as it builds up to its climax.

Frozen 2 review: Dazzling drag
Sat, Nov 23, 2019

Frozen 2 movie review: The Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee directorial veers off to a confusing side story, which it clearly believes is heading to a big reveal.

Motherless Brooklyn movie review: Watch it for the impressive cast
Sat, Nov 16, 2019

Motherless Brooklyn movie review: Edward Norton has an impressive cast that turns up even for bit roles, including Willis, while Norton himself is in superlative, if indulgent, form as the man who has been seeking answers all his life -- encumbered by his own mind, which he once dubs an "anarchist".

Charlie’s Angels movie review: A light, breezy outing
Fri, Nov 15, 2019

Charlie’s Angels movie review: This time, Charlie’s three Angels are as different as they come, and mostly muscular and lithe.

Motichoor Chaknachoor movie review: Astonishingly regressive
Thu, Nov 14, 2019

Motichoor Chaknachoor movie review: While it’s clear from the start that this 1 and 1 will eventually equal 2, the film goes out of its way to underline how mismatched the two are, in all department.

Jhalki movie review: The film will leave you unmoved
Thu, Nov 14, 2019

Jhalki movie review: If the story is tailor-made for tears, Brahmananda S Singh doesn’t try to spare any. However, the film leaves one unmoved due to its cardboard characters, but for the spunky Jhalki, her brother Babu (Jha and Sakpal, respectively), and her village.

Last Christmas movie review: Strictly for fans of Emilia Clarke
Sat, Nov 09, 2019

There is one thing going for Last Christmas, apart from the generous use of Michael's peppy hits. It poses a question regarding the world's obsession with "being special", and wonders, why can't one just be.

Doctor Sleep movie review: Take the Shine Off
Sat, Nov 09, 2019

In return to The Shining's indelible hotel, the film only ends up reinforcing Doctor Sleep as a poor successor -- with a Nicholson-lookalike popping up and making McGregor look more ineffectual than he needs to.

JNYou and Me
Sun, Nov 03, 2019

Love blossomed on the cheap tea and samosas we had by the wayside on the JNU campus, with each of its ‘landmarks’ — the Teflas canteen, the Ganga dhaba, the library (an entire building of it!) — marking a milestone.

The Current War movie review: A stately and rich period film
Fri, Nov 01, 2019

The Current War movie review: Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, whose work includes assistant-ships with names such as Martin Scorsese and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, mounts a stately and rich period film as well as some breathtaking montages of light and dark.

The Addams Family movie review: A lost opportunity
Fri, Nov 01, 2019

The Addams Family movie review: The Addams Family loses its way, ironically, chasing the outrageous when most ghosts are now to be found in the ordinary.

Terminator Dark Fate movie review: One long battle against Rev-9
Fri, Nov 01, 2019

Terminator Dark Fate movie review: More than the future, Dark Fate is prescient about the present.

Zombieland Double Tap movie review: The laughs are still coming
Fri, Oct 18, 2019

Zombieland Double Tap movie review: While the foursome have been surviving somehow, and getting attached to each other in the process despite vowing not to do so, the zombies have been getting stronger, faster and deadlier.

Downton Abbey movie review: Watch it only for Maggie Smith
Fri, Oct 18, 2019

Downton Abbey movie review: What may pass off as a nostalgic throwback to genteel times on TV, with always a promise of something to follow in the next episode, is just a sodden apology for royalty in the theatres.

Weathering with You movie review: A little bit of everything
Fri, Oct 11, 2019

Weathering with You movie review: Even as you are trying to hold on to one appealing thing about Weathering With You -- and there are, admittedly, many -- director Makato Shinkai moves on to something else.

Gemini Man movie review: An unconvincing conflict of the clones
Fri, Oct 11, 2019

Gemini Man movie review: This Will Smith starrer is dragged down by the fact that elements which might have been novel two decades ago - from government-trained assassins who are now State targets, to secret experiments and off-the-books soldiers - are stale from overuse now.

She said: Here go… a dozen facts about a father
Sun, Oct 06, 2019

An old men’s club where they all get a little tipsy and dance to old songs is a highlight of his calendar. Granted father is no Elvis, but did the King’s repertoire include the thumka perfected by Indian men from long practice is the question.

Joker movie review: Joaquin Phoenix shines in joyless film
Fri, Oct 04, 2019

Joaquin Phoenix is the embodiment of nervous, anorexic energy in his role. He just doesn’t act with his face — with or without the joker paint. He acts with his entire body, with its ribs sticking out, its back abnormally arched, its legs leaning away from him, its feet gliding from under him, its arms flailing about.

Breaking down news: Fighting words
Sat, Sep 28, 2019

Imran Khan’s tweet on a counter-narrative to Islamophobia freaks out the Twitter AI while climate activist Greta Thunberg inspires and provokes in equal measure

Abominable movie review: A predictable fare
Sat, Sep 28, 2019

Abominable is often beautiful to look at, as the road to Everest is laid out in all its beauty but little of its harshness. However, the story itself is flat, predictable and moves inexorably slowly to its end.

Hustlers movie review: Jennifer Lopez shines in crime drama
Sat, Sep 28, 2019

Hustlers movie review: When Hustlers is focused on the women, particularly behind the scenes at the strip club, it's refreshing.