articles by Aditya Mani Jha

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Aziz Ansari: Nightclub Comedian review — Interesting cynical surprise set but ultimately fizzles out

This is not a bad show at all: it’s just hamstrung by its creator’s well-documented blind spots

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What makes Joel Coen's The Tragedy of Macbeth the finest Shakespeare screen adaptation yet

The Tragedy of Macbeth is, without a shadow of doubt, the finest Shakespeare movie I have ever seen; better than Akira Kurosawa, better than Vishal Bhardwaj.

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The Tender Bar movie review: Ben Affleck is in fine form in George Clooney's frequently funny, empathetic directorial

George Clooney lets his protagonist breathe, and The Tender Bar is a richer, funnier, wiser story because of that.

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2021 marked return of the Western, from revisionist tales in Concrete Cowboy to modern takes like The Power of the Dog

As good as 2021 was for the Western, one cannot finish this assessment without addressing the Rust set tragedy. You can have all the gun-twirling scenes you want onscreen but Hollywood simply cannot afford to have any more accidents on set, lest the Western genre itself fall out of favour.

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Hawkeye review: Marvel's Jeremy Renner, Hailey Steinfeld show is a Christmas movie in weekly instalments

Hawkeye proves itself to be a lively, polyphonic addition to the Christmas canon, with strong performances by Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld leading the way.

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Swan Song movie review: Mahershala Ali's Apple TV offering is sombre, slow-burning, even ponderous in parts

Some scenes are filled with vast stretches of morose silence. What makes it work are the performances, led by a winsome double role by Mahershala Ali.

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Encounter movie review: A highly interior family drama, albeit with all the whistles of an old-fashioned sci-fi romp

Riz Ahmed is impressive as Malik Khan, the ex-Marine who appears to be acting on top-secret orders, during a mission to eliminate the alien parasite that has spread across the planet.

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Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City movie review – Horror beats are accompanied by moments of absurdity

The film is stuck piling character upon character for much of its runtime, while also keeping the zombie-virus threat in the fray constantly.

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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.

Arts & Culture

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.