articles by Poulomi Das

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Modern Love: Mumbai review — Fatima Sana Shaikh, Vishal Bhardwaj rescue the tame, stilted anthology

Modern Love feels muffled for much of its runtime, content in endorsing empty takeaways about love and second chances

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Our Father review: Netflix documentary is a biting indictment against the state of women’s reproductive rights

Netflix's true-crime documentary Our Father is gripping — especially when it comes at a time when women’s reproductive rights continue to be a thorny subject across the world.

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Flee review: Jonas Poher Rasmussen creates a devastating refugee origin story

In building Flee as a loving tribute to the undying spirit of his friend, Jonas Poher Rasmussen quietly expands the boundaries of documentary storytelling, treating it as an evocative medium instead of a mechanical language

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Great Freedom review: A timeless masterpiece about vulnerable men and oppressive laws

Led by a magnetic Franz Rogowski, Sebastian Meise's Great Freedom tenderly chronicles the impossibility of caging hearts in post-war Germany

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The Flawed Nayaks of Satyajit Ray

Filmmaker Satyajit Ray's vision of male characters in his movie stemmed from his own cinematic belief of creating realistic characters — in both his short stories, stacked to the brim with lonely men and his cinematic offerings.

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Shining Girls review: It’s impossible to take your eyes off Elisabeth Moss in Apple TV's riveting crime series

Shining Girls tackles bold ideas by using oppressive pasts as a foundation to leap into the traumas of the present

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The Ultimatum: Marry or Move On review — What it means to be in love in the time of Netflix dating reality shows

Is Love Blind? Is it Too Hot to Handle? Or is it about Dating Around? Netflix seems to have made up its mind with its newest dating phenomenon: it is a social experiment.

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How Tu Hai Mera Sunday serves as the perfect eulogy for Shiv Kumar Subramanaim, a poignant semi-anonymous figure

For the new generation of Bollywood, Shiv Kumar Subramaniam continued being a stranger in the same way that Appa felt to the young leads of Tu Hai Mera Sunday.

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Roar review: Nicole Kidman, Issa Rae, Alison Brie shine in rewarding Apple TV+ series

Roar is enlivened primarily due to affecting turns by a star-studded cast and a genuine curiosity in investigating gender inequality at the intersection of power, money, race, trauma, and memory.

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Bela review: Prantik Basu's documentary on Chhau dancers is a gorgeous, timeless journey into a vanishing world

Prantik Basu remains determined to treat the film as a paean to the rebellion of an indigenous community — composed of Kurmis and Mahatos — and their reverence for an artform fast approaching its expiry date.

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Oscars 2022: It's unfortunate this year will be remembered for buffoonery over strides in representation

Will Smith slapping Chris Rock on stage was the theme of the Oscars 2022 night — a cascade of microaggressions that overshadowed the progress that was witnessed during the ceremony.

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Oscars 2022: When will we stop ranting #OscarsTooMale? Here's why this year should've ended that

The argument here is not necessarily a comparison between the efficiency of a male director and a female director. Instead, the ask is simple: do not overlook movies by female filmmakers in favour of an all-male lineup.

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Oscars 2022: Billie Eilish's 'No Time To Die' deserves Best Original Song win for its legacy-defying casual cruelty

Billie Eilish brought a real sense of intimacy to 'No Time To Die,' stripping down her trademark playful vocalizations and her brother’s ingenious production trickery to deliver a haunting, moody ode to the burden of solitude.

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Oscars 2022: The Worst Person in the World subverts the 'flaky girl' trope by owning its protagonist's impulses

The Worst Person in the World shows that life happens elsewhere, somewhere in between choosing to go down a path, and then almost as easily choosing to go the other way the next minute.

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Dog movie review: Channing Tatum charms his way through an immensely enjoyable canine buddy roadtrip movie

The effectiveness of the film’s messaging is complemented by the gentleness with which it delivers hard truths

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Oscars 2022: Why Troy Kotsur's affecting performance in CODA should make him a frontrunner

Watching Troy Kotsur in CODA is like coming face-to-face with what it really means to act, and just how small a part dialogue plays in the grammar of acting.

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Sumaira Shaikh on the road to Dongri Danger, her first stand-up special: It's difficult for female comedians to get the numbers

"I’m sorry to say this but I think Indian audiences inherently relate more to the topics that the male comedians talk about," says Sumaira Shaikh.

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With Petite Maman, Celine Sciamma addresses cyclic nature of motherhood and loss through sisterhood

Unlike other time-loop movies, Petite Maman does not feel like an exercise in wishfulness but instead, a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see your loved ones as the people they are too tired to be any longer.

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Uncharted movie review: Tom Holland's relentless charm saves an otherwise empty action adventure

Tom Holland, the man of endless charm and grit, slips into the role of Nathan Hunt with an admirable ease. But Uncharted relies too much on his camaraderie with Mark Wahlberg when it does not entirely seem to make a case for why it should be the film’s beating heart.

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Homecoming movie review: Soumyajit Majumdar’s buddy-drama drowns itself in pretentious artistic excesses

The five protagonists in #Homecoming aren’t exactly the most memorable bunch and come out looking self-serious and unnecessarily glum.