articles by Anshu Lal

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The Grudge movie review: Nicolas Pesce can do only so much to revive a franchise that never had any potential

The true horror while watching The Grudge is seeing a long dead franchise return as a zombie to offer a joke of a horror movie.

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The Current War movie review: Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon's ambitious film short-circuits due to dull content

The Current War is about the cut-throat rivalry between renowned American inventor Thomas Edison and esteemed entrepreneur George Westinghouse over the electrical system that will get to power a late 19th-century world which has just discovered electricity

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The Angry Birds Movie 2 review: A silly but enjoyable film that is a vast improvement from its prequel

The Angry Birds Movie reveling in its silliness is not only tolerable but also enjoyable because that tomfoolery is also accompanied with clever humour.

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Black Mirror Season 5: Striking Vipers offers compelling commentary on bromance and sexuality

A look at what makes Striking Vipers different from the other Black Mirror episodes themed on love and sexuality, like San Junipero, Hang The DJ and Be Right Back.

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How Game of Thrones Season 8 reduced the Night King and White Walkers to cheap gimmicks

The last season of Game of Thrones, until the death of the Night King and White Walkers, should have been completely about the army of the dead.

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Avengers: Endgame — Marvel's finale of The Infinity Saga is a bittersweet reminder that we're all growing old

Avengers: Endgame is a reminder that no matter how many changes or evolutions it goes through, every idea has an end and must make way for the new.

India

Sabarimala verdict: Religion should be left to the faithful, but SC has full authority to protect fundamental rights

In the aftermath of the Sabarimala verdict, it is important to ask: Since when did religion become more significant than the rule of law in the country?

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Before Avengers: Infinity War, here is a list of all Marvel films ranked worst to best

Here is a ranked list of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films made till now, from the worst to the best.

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Will Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War end the sidelining and misogynistic portrayal of Black Widow?

For far too long, Black Widow has existed in the shadow of her male peers. This has been of Marvel’s biggest mistakes.

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Pacific Rim Uprising represents the kitsch of our times but corrects big mistakes made in its 2013 prequel

Pacific Rim Uprising, despite being highly unoriginal by borrowing heavily from the ideas of its prequel, corrects some big mistakes made in the first film.

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Dil Juunglee movie review: Even Taapsee Pannu, Saqib Saleem can't make such ridiculously poor writing, direction work

Despite strong performances by both Taapsee Pannu and Saqib Saleem, Dil Juunglee is bogged down by one of the most clichéd love stories.

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Oscars 2018 failed to walk the talk on inclusiveness by choosing The Shape of Water over Three Billboards, Get Out

The Shape of Water is a good film and certainly deserved a nomination. But did it really deserve the Best Picture Award at the Oscars 2018?

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: Why Frances McDormand's anti-heroine act is Oscar-worthy

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has given cinema one of the best anti-heroines ever created, if not the best.

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Films like Black Panther show how the Marvel Cinematic Universe does not shy away from bold creativity

With Black Panther in 2018, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is poised to give the world a cultural phenomenon.

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When We First Met movie review: This Netflix film wastes its potential by obsessing over the 'friend zone'

When We First Met decided to pander to the popular but mistaken male notion of unreciprocated feelings and focused on the ‘friend zone’.

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Darkest Hour and Padmaavat row: The Gary Oldman-starrer has a hidden lesson for Karni Sena

Do artists have the creative freedom to distort history to a certain extent? Darkest Hour may have an answer for fringe groups like Karni Sena.

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Steven Spielberg's The Post is a must-watch in these dark times for journalism

Many people will say that idealism is dead today. But maybe that’s exactly why we need films like The Post.

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USS Callister is the best Black Mirror episode made in the series so far; here's why

USS Callister makes you identify with evil more than any other Black Mirror episode.

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Bright movie review: Will Smith, Joel Edgerton's strong performances can't save this cluttered Netflix film

The biggest problem with the $100 million Netflix film Bright is that it is trying to be too many things at the same time.