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.
Enter the theatres prepared for an adrenaline jab to the heart and words you will forget immediately after.
It’s all predictable, to a large extent, but also quite enjoyable, regardless of whether Asian martial arts are your thing or not.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Suicide Squad movie review: James Gunn directorial is a competently mounted piece of popcorn entertainment
Coasting on the strength of its visuals and the irreverence of its key characters, it launches a flat-out sensory assault from the word go.
Sweet Tooth review: Netflix adventure fantasy series is a well-crafted, superbly edited piece of prestige TV
Sweet Tooth is much tamer than its source material, but nonetheless, is a wholesome and beautiful, if unthreatening road trip.
Hundred years of Tulsa Massacre: How cultural offerings like Watchmen and Lovecraft Country have depicted the historical event
As cultural moments go, the current reassessment of the Tulsa Massacre’s true impact feels long overdue. Black artists and intellectuals have been telling these stories for a while now, but it feels like we have only just started listening.
Ahead of Friends: The Reunion, remembering TV show's global influence on language, fashion, coffee culture
Friends flexed such cultural muscle in the 1990s that it led to the popularity of "The Rachel haircut" and snowballed into the rise of coffee culture (as opposed to tea) in North India.
The Underground Railroad, Black Panther, Da 5 Bloods: How alt history is reshaping the Black narrative in pop culture
The sub-genre of alt history is enjoying its moment with films like Black Panther and Da 5 Bloods, and shows like The Underground Railroad, Lovecraft Country, and Watchmen. That is not surprising when you consider how Black stories were systematically excluded from popular histories.
Tim Miller's The Drowned Giant to Michael B Jordan's Life Hutch, ranking episodes of Love, Death & Robots Volume 2
While Volume 2 of Love, Death & Robots does not hold up against the first one, here's a ranking of all eight episodes of the new instalment.
The Mitchells vs The Machines is as genre-bending as its makers' predecessor Spider-Man: Into The Spider Verse
The Mitchells vs the Machines is an example of 2D and 3D animation styles being used in conjunction to provide a unique visual feel. The last movie to use this style memorably was, of course, Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse, directed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord.
The Ozark/Breaking Bad-mould action-adventure needed a more ambitious script than familiar streaming-era templates.
Without Remorse, starring Michael B Jordan as a back-in-action CIA agent, is Amazon Prime Video's second Tom Clancy adaptation after John Krasinski-starrer show Jack Ryan.
The mythology of Mortal Kombat: How a 1992 video game spawned a globally successful franchise across media
Ahead of the release of a 2021 spin-off on 23 April, here's a primer on the mythology and storytelling of the Mortal Kombat universe.
Shadow and Bone review: Netflix's slow-burning series crafts a meticulous and multi-layered world of adventure fantasy
Shadow and Bone is a thrilling introduction to the writer Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse, and expertly juggles multiple storylines across eight tightly edited episodes.
Endangered, the Ellen DeGeneres-narrated docu on Discovery+, is an immersive study on nature conservation
Endangered has a clearly defined set of aims and it achieves most of them without breaking a sweat.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier underlines how racial inequality is a crucial aspect of the buddy cop genre
The classic buddy cop vibe is two unlikely partners of different races teaming up for the greater good, suffering each other’s excesses along the way, becoming 'frenemies.'