articles by Aditya Mani Jha

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True Story review: Kevin Hart and Wesley Snipes’ Netflix fable is an embittered comment on fame

With True Story on Netflix, Kevin Hart continues his move into more dramatic work.

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Home Sweet Home Alone movie review: Jojo Rabbit's Archie Yates charms you into submission in a defensive reboot

Home Sweet Home Alone is a competently mounted but unambitious film. At times, it plays like a showreel from its source material, and the makers are okay with it being that way.

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The Last Duel movie review: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck period drama follows Roshomon effect, but not with great results

The structure of The Last Duel will divide audiences. The polar opposite approaches to storytelling in the men's versions and the woman's make for a hybridity that does not always work.

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Ranjit Rae, former Indian ambassador to Nepal, discusses bilateral ties between the two countries with a shared culture

In his recently published book Kathmandu Dilemma: Resetting India-Nepal Ties, Ranjit Rae draws from his own experiences to examine decades of India-Nepal ties — the high and low points, as well as what India can do better moving forward.

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Venom: Let There Be Carnage movie review — Another underwhelming Marvel story burdened by CGI

Tom Hardy's film wants to lean in on its inherent silliness, while also raising emotional stakes with a story supposedly about friendship and self-acceptance.

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Vicky Kaushal, Shoojit Sircar on bringing alive the 'rich, eclectic, and intellectually restless life' of Sardar Udham Singh

"At such a young age, these boys had a great understanding of what our rights should be, what our freedoms should be. They were thinking deeply about service to humanity, and that’s what attracted me to this story," says Shoojit Sircar, director of Sardar Udham

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The Boss Baby: Family Business movie review — Thoroughly predictable affair for easy laughs

The Boss Baby sequel plays it safe and moves at far too breathless a pace to allow contemplative moments.

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Shiddat movie review: Superficial, careless writing weakens the romance

Shiddat has its heart in the right place but not nearly enough narrative depth to justify its 140-minute runtime.

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Foundation review: Apple TV+ new offering is science fiction at its cerebral best

Foundation is a beautifully shot, well-thought-out piece of science fiction, unspooling itself at a languid pace.

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Jungle Cruise movie review: Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt in a feel-good entertainer

When the craft is diligent, and the cast bounces off its leading man’s boundless energy and cartoonish charm, Dwayne Johnson movies can be a lot of uncomplicated fun.

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The Morning Show Season 2 review: As bingeable and divisive as its predecessor

Season 2 sees the show tackling COVID-19, racism at the workplace, and several other red-button issues, with characteristic verve and energy. However, the old ‘both-sideism’ problem continues to affect The Morning Show.

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Free Guy movie review: Ryan Reynolds action comedy is stylish, confident, and exuberant

Disney’s latest is the kind of surefire blockbuster that will have both cinema-goers and cinema-owners smiling from ear to ear.

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Malignant movie review: Decent but not quite the genre-blending adventure

Malignant is saved by an audacious, stunningly mounted third act, clearly a vintage James Wan in its glorious lunacy

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Mumbai Diaries 26/11 review: Strictly middling thriller that squanders its potential

Mumbai Diaries 26/11 is an arresting genre piece. But it sets up morally ambiguous and potentially rich storylines, only to squander them with lazy writing, and paper the gaps with action sequences.

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F9 movie review: A spectacle for Fast & Furious aficionados

Enter the theatres prepared for an adrenaline jab to the heart and words you will forget immediately after.

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Shang-Chi movie review: A potential fan favourite of MCU Phase 4

It’s all predictable, to a large extent, but also quite enjoyable, regardless of whether Asian martial arts are your thing or not.

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Vaibhav Purandare on book Hitler and India, myths around the Fuhrer, and the lasting romance for dictatorship in a democracy

Vaibhav Purandare discusses the research for his book, the discoveries that were surprising or fortuitous, as well as the shifting (but ultimately, cruel) attitudes of the Nazis towards India.

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Kevin Can F**k Himself review: Missed opportunity at thoughtful critique of gender stereotypes in prestige dramas

Kevin Can F**k Himself has a tragic flaw at its heart: it seems to have nothing but undiluted hatred and condescension for the two male-dominated genres it engages with.

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Space Jam: A New Legacy movie review — LeBron James, Looney Tunes team falls miserably short of '90s predecessor

The Space Jam sequel could have been a fun, 20-minute extended advertisement that pops up on the HBO Max homepage, and in between episodes of Game of Thrones. Instead, for some reason, this is a film that stretches on for nearly two hours.

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The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It movie review — Threequel falls short of standards set by predecessors

Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson are on top form, though. Their faith in each other is as strong as the faith they use to stave off the Devil.