articles by Siddhant Adlakha

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Wonder Woman 1984 movie review: Patty Jenkins's sincere sequel soars despite its flaws

Gal Gadot's sequel of her 2017 superhero film is as big and broad as they come, but it’s also filled with laughs, spectacle, and a whole lot of heart.

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The Last Color movie review: Vikas Khanna's picturesque film has the right intent, but not much else

If each dish is a scene, the lavish seven-course meal that is The Last Color seems to arrive in the wrong order.

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Sir movie review: Rohena Gera’s film is a masterful romantic drama about a domestic worker and her employer

The commentary in Sir is rooted as much in the condescension of its affluent characters as it is in the electric tension between Ratna and Ashwin.

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Notes from attending a 'digital' film festival: Wider audience and hope for sustenance of cinema

This year marked my seventh New York Film Festival (NYFF), but it was the first one I attended from 8,000 miles away.

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New York Film Festival 2020: The Human Voice sees Pedro Almodóvar dig into his creative past

A Spotlight selection at the 58th New York Film Festival, The Human Voice is an enticing one-woman show, featuring a nuanced and devastating performance by Tilda Swinton.

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New York Film Festival 2020: Letter From Your Far-Off Country remixes the history of Indian protest

Letter From Your Far-Off Country, currently playing at the New York Film Festival, boldly draws from different eras of Indian revolution, from the writings of Ambedkar, to fallen Indian communist leaders in the 1980s, to more recent demonstrations, like those at Shaheen Bagh.

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Looking back on Irrfan Khan’s performance in The Lunchbox, a role that celebrated the magnetic actor's strengths

The Lunchbox played to Irrfan Khan’s strengths as a performer who spoke primarily with his eyes.

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Oscars 2020: Which men were nominated for Best Director, and which women were left out? 

The Oscars have a terrible track record when it comes to women’s voices. Only five women have ever been nominated for directing

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Oscars 2020: A critical deconstruction of the acting category — who was nominated, and who should have been

You usually know what to expect in a given year of Oscars: ten of this year’s twenty acting nominations are for playing real life people; ten are also for play artists or performers of some sort; fifteen are for acting in heavily costumed period dramas.

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Jojo Rabbit movie review: Taika Waititi’s Hitler film is a delightful and heartfelt surprise, filled with raucous energy

Jojo Rabbit is a blast. It’s filled with raucous energy, and it hits beats across the emotional spectrum with stunning precision.

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The Irishman, Marriage Story, Pain and Glory, Parasite, Uncut Gems: 15 best films of 2019

As the world spins faster towards chaos, with right-wing nationalism becoming the great equalizer, global cinema provides opportunities to cross boundaries of language and cultural experience.

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The Irishman movie review: Martin Scorsese is the king of gangster films and this masterpiece adds to his legacy

The Irishman is an emotionally brutal piece from one of our finest filmmakers, as he captures the corrosion of the human soul.

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Honey Boy movie review: Shia LaBeouf explores the darkest corners of his own emotional inheritance

Honey Boy is many things, from an actor’s autobiography, to an exploration of a deeply troubled father

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Midsommar movie review: Ari Aster disguises a break-up movie as folk horror in Hereditary follow-up

Where Aster’s Hereditary used the American horror playbook to tell a story of trauma and grief, his follow-up Midsommar steps outside those aesthetic constraints while zeroing in on similar ideas.

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Ad Astra movie review: Brad Pitt in an interstellar adventure rooted in the emotional brokenness of men

Ad Astra was screened at the New York Film Festival and also makes its way to Jio MAMI 21st Mumbai Film Festival next week.

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Jhalki movie review: A sincere effort to highlight the horrors of child labour that sorely misses its mark

Jhalki is a call to action, fictionalising real events surrounding (or in this case, obliquely related to) Nobel Peace Prize recipient Kailash Satyarthi