There are only two ways to read KV Anand’s work — you either suspend the last shred of disbelief and let yourself have a ball or be the pedant who stays dissatisfied. There is nothing in between.
Paramapadham Vilayattu movie review: Trisha thriller loses plot to predictability, leaving us to a boring fare
Paramapadham Vilayattu's plot and the politics is excruciatingly stale, making it barely watchable.
Karnan movie review: Dhanush, Mari Selvaraj deliver an audacious film about a community’s fight for dignity
Mari Selvaraj takes a giant leap with Karnan, arguably more gut-wrenching and bold in its messaging than Pariyerum Perumal.
Mandela movie review: Madonne Ashwin's film is a balcony view of the darkly amusing times we live in
Against the backdrop of the upcoming assembly elections, Mandela is a film that will remind us of our priorities. It will encourage us to think about our rights as people and our power when we're together.
Anbirkiniyal movie review: Keerthy Pandian shines in this chilling, satisfying film featuring vignettes of urban life
Anbirkiniyal is a delightful story of a survivor, one which offers hope that with a little effort, all can be good in the world.
Without a strong moral core, Sulthan neither evokes empathy nor inspires respect for what the film's protagonist stands for
Teddy movie review: Novel premise aside, director Shakti Soundar Rajan's film has little going for it
For a thriller, it offers no real thrills. For a comedy, the jokes don’t land. For a fantasy film, it is unimaginative. Overall, it’s barely watchable.
Nenjam Marappathillai movie review: Selvaraghavan's sexual harassment film addresses everything else but
Nenjam Marappadhillai is a shallow, convenient sort of film, that can only excite those who are already entranced by the Selvaraghavan universe. For the rest of us, it is an exhausting mess.
Chakra is supposed to be the protagonist’s search for his father’s stolen Ashoka Chakra, but it ends up being the audience’s search for a single moment of cleverness or skill
Kutty Story movie review: Vijay Sethupathi, Gautham Menon's film is an engaging take on love, relationships
Within the constraints of an urban, middle class, heterosexual romance, Kutty Story is an interesting mix of shorts
Live Telecast review: Disney+ Hotstar horror series is all Kajal Aggarwal's plastic act, Venkat Prabhu's stale humour
From workplace sexual harassment to the voyeurism of the TV viewing public, Live Telecast's handling of important issues exposes its absolute lack of critical thought.
Director Suseenthiran doesn’t know where to take the film once he's established the characters.
Bhoomi movie review: Jayam Ravi's film is a potpourri of ill-researched ideas punctuated with loud screams
Bhoomi doesn’t give you a moment to breathe or even feel what just hit you.
Master is unfortunately the kind of film that concerns itself with too many things but can hardly focus on any of it beyond adorning the hero, Vijay.
Maara movie review: R Madhavan's film demands patience of a hopeless romantic to invest in the story
If you aren’t instinctively drawn to the mystical world creates, R Madhavan's Maara is a drag
Oru Pakka Kadhai movie review: Balaji Tharaneetharan offers one of the sharpest critiques of modern Tamil society
The biggest success of Oru Pakka Kathai is the adamant normalcy with which it treats everything.
Paava Kadhaigal movie review: Netflix Tamil anthology deftly explores why the regular is right and the different is sinful
Paava Kadhaigal is a call to reject the family that rejects equality.
The biggest shame with Triples is that it had potential. A sharper commentary on the world and a cleverer dialogue writer could have made Triples an absolute delight of a show.
Andhagaaram movie review: An interesting thriller that is bogged down by tiresome self-actualisation
Soon enough, Andhagaaram gets tiresome. The details unravel painfully slowly, and in excruciating little bursts.
The best thing about Mookuthi Amman is the delicate understanding with which RJ Balaji writes a suffering family. The worst thing about Mookuthi Amman is that everything else is more like trite sketch comedy than a meaningful take on society that’s desperate enough to be voluntarily conned