Shreya Paul
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The Kitchen movie review: Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, Elizabeth Moss' mob drama feels like a gang spoof gone wrong

The Kitchen's simplistic, black-and-white narrative ends up being a feeble attempt at a snazzy female mob film, with the shadow of far better works (The Godfather, anyone?) looming large over it.

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Leonardo review: SonyLIV series offers in-depth study on life and times of the historic Renaissance artist

Leonardo stitches the painter’s real-life masterpieces into its narrative structure as the intricate world-building compels one to suspend disbelief.

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Chacha Vidhayak Hain Humare season 2 review: Amazon Prime show is unable to break the curse of the sequel

Despite efforts towards making Chacha Vidhayak Hain Humare's narrative more pregnant, you almost yearn for Zakir Khan’s lopsided grin and impish humour, hoping it would save the day.

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The One: Netflix’s latest sci-fi series fails to add value to the concept of custom-made love in a dystopian world

The One explores the alternatives for what happens when human beings feel the need to be alone, yet find love.

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The Map of Tiny Perfect Things movie review: Kathryn Newton's dreary romantic saga is a maze of frustrating boredom

The Map of Tiny Perfect Things could have been much more, but the lazy screenplay pulls it down into a frustrating ennui.

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Chef, School of Rock, Always Be My Maybe, Pitch Perfect — Bingeworthy films for the holiday season

In keeping with the tradition of surprises in 2020, we've shuffled the annals of holiday films to present a fresh list — from La La Land to The Half of It.

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The Prom movie review: Ryan Murphy's Broadway adaptation on Netflix is a snoozefest despite stellar cast

The Prom tries inducing doses of the thrills of live musicals but forgets to back it up with a meaningful story.

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A Call To Spy movie review: Radhika Apte's tepid, half-baked WWII drama leaves viewers unsatiated

A Call to Spy scratches merely the surface of a cauldron that promises graver horrors told more powerfully.

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Your Honor review: Bryan Cranston's crime thriller holds a mirror to racial and social inequalities in the US

Your Honor holds up a mirror to present-day America, and draws focus to the heinous issues that have been shunted around for long.

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Nimic movie review: Yorgos Lanthimos' discomfiting short is a heady cocktail of music, mayhem, and morbidity

Nimic's central theme of identity may lead to severe existential crisis, but perhaps that's the crowning jewel of the twisted pleasures of a Yorgos Lanthimos production.

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Holidate movie review: Emma Roberts' Netflix romcom fails to bring in the Christmas cheer it promises

Netflix's Holidate is restricted by its genre limitations with little new to offer.

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Social Distance movie review: Wholesome Netflix anthology transcends paranoia around coronavirus

Netflix anthology Social Distance speaks of hope and humanity at a time when the world faces a global threat, both medically and socially.

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American Murder review: Jenny Popplewell’s Netflix documentary is clinically precise and ominously immersive

American Murder brilliantly traces behind-the-scene events that led to Chris Watts' confession of killing his pregnant wife and two daughters.

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The Boys in the Band movie review: Jim Parsons' Netflix drama is an apt cultural portrait of systemic LGBT+ ostracisation

Adapted from Matt Crowley’s seminal 1968 play, The Boys in the Band follows the lives of a group of gay friends over a night's celebration

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James Cameron's Avatar placed its women as the cornerstone of conscience, reason and hope

Avatar has, in many ways, paved the way for modern superhero films, which are now mindful of the representation of its female characters in their narratives.

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Crackdown review: Despite a brisk plot, Shriya Pilgaonkar, Saqib Saleem’s crime thriller fails to leave a mark

Helmed by Apoorva Lakhia, Voot Select’s Crackdown revolves around an anti-terrorist squad deployed on a secret mission to track down a dangerous nexus

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Knock Knock Knock review: Sudhanshu Saria's short is deliciously macabre with layered characters

Knock Knock Knock is Sudhanshu Saria's latest offering in the genre of a psychological thriller that charts the sudden friendship between a Bengali man and a Nepalese boy

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Julia Roberts' much-loved character in Pretty Woman operated with barely any agency, and that's a problem

Pretty Woman has often been considered a watershed moment for Disney (its producer), which went an extra mile to break away from its PG-13 image to deal with a more “adult” genre.

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JL50 review: Abhay Deol, Pankaj Kapur's Sony LIV thriller is marred by tepid script, insincere acting

It seems almost as if majority of the JL50 cast became aware of the lack of a dependable script by the end of the show.

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World on Fire: SonyLIV period drama takes viewers on an immersive journey of life during World War II

Where World on Fire scores heavily is its honest portrayal of the cost of war: the end of regular life, normal worries, everyday cares, possibly forever.