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Radhe Shyam movie review: Prabhas film is marred by gaudy sets, fake emotions and lousy acting
Radhe Shyam is some achievement, but it is not worth the trouble.
Archana 31 Not Out movie review: Aishwarya Lekshmi deserves better than a wannabe Thinkalazhcha Nishchayam
Among the major casualties of the film’s pointless wanderings is Renjit Shekar Nair who gave a stand-out performance as a school sporting team’s manager in Kho Kho last year but spends most of the little time he has in Archana 31 Not Out just sitting around.
Bheemante Vazhi movie review: Mildly likeable, with equal parts conscious non-conformism and subconscious conformism
Bheemante Vazhi is rewarding to a certain extent, but far from being as accomplished or as profound as Ashraf Hamza's debut directorial venture, Thamaasha.
Satyamev Jayate 2 movie review: John Abraham film is an ode to patriotism, police and protein shake
Satyamev Jayate 2 is an ugly exhibition of appeasement filmmaking, using the most tired tropes in the history of Hindi cinema.
Dream Horse: A charming Welsh drama about a bartender turned racehorse breeder
While it deviates little from the conventions of the Billy Elliot/ The Full Monty formula, Euros Lyn’s film also doesn’t stray from a dependable course of underdog triumph, midlife renewal and community spirit.
Hava, Maryam, Ayesha: How Sahraa Karimi's film subverts silence to talk about women's trauma in Afghanistan
Sahraa Karimi's Hava, Maryam, Ayesha, which was recently screened at the 25th Kolkata International Film Festival, tells the stories of the three title characters, held together by their common plight of being pregnant in modern-day Kabul. Despite the varying conditions under which each of them has conceived, the film plaintively underlines the universal status of women as second-class citizens, especially in war-torn parts of the world where privilege barely cuts it for anyone besides a certain class of men.
Andreas Dresen's Gundermann eulogises its protagonist, but uses his guilt to propel an uneven screenplay
Andreas Dresen's Gundermann screened at the recently concluded 25th Kolkata International Film Festival.
India Inked: History’s Biggest Election review — An important documentary overloaded with data
India Inked: History’s Biggest Election is the record of an important milestone of the country’s history and a celebration of India’s passionate spirit of democracy.
José movie review: Li Cheng tells a simple story with heart and a generous amount of craft
Director Li Cheng's José is a quiet, peaceful, unobtrusive observation of its protagonist, which played at the Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, in the Narrative Features category.
CHiPs movie review: A buddy cop film that severely under delivers on comedy
The problem with CHiPs is that it follows the buddy cop formula too slavishly.
Nenu Local review roundup: Nani's lighthearted popcorn entertainer offers nothing new
Nenu Local stars Nani, Keerthi Suresh, Sachin Khedekar and Naveen Chandra. The Telugu action comedy is recommended for the youth though it lacks originality
Nanna Nenu Naa Boyfriends review round-up: Hebah Patel-Ramesh Rao film is complete entertainer
Nanna Nenu Naa Boyfriends is the directorial debut of Bhaskar Bandi and stars Hebah Patel and Rao Ramesh among others
Wajah Tum Ho movie review: Director Vishal Pandya's new erotic thriller is devoid of reason
The writers and director of Wajah Tum Ho are serious about their story. They are earnest about crime, vengeance, hacking. They are equally serious about remixed songs, itsy-bitsy clothing, item numbers, mid-riff baring lawyers and their costume, hair and make-up budgets.
'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' movie review: For fans tired of the ‘formula’ in the franchise
Rogue One had a lot to live up to. No only did it have to contend with matching up to the cultural phenomenon of the original trilogy, but also with the acclaim of last year’s The Force Awakens which created whole new bunch of young Star Wars fans. Luckily Rogue One does something The Force Awakens was too scared to — it ventures into new territory and traverses into a bold and dark new direction while still delivering the massive scale and action adventure mood. It’s huge, it’s action packed and it’s solid entertainment.
Befikre movie review: Ranveer Singh, Vaani Kapoor’s verve can’t mask this old wine in a glossy bottle
Even Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor’s boundless verve, all that kissing, unbridled sex and tiny Western clothing cannot mask Befikre’s traditionalist core.
Deepwater Horizon movie review: Mark Wahlberg plays saviour in this disaster drama
Once disaster strikes Deepwater Horizon becomes a standard issue Mark Wahlberg movie where he has to rescue everyone around him and leap off to safety in the last minute
La La Land movie review: Ryan Gosling-Emma Stone film perfectly captures golden age of musicals
La La Land fits the bill just right if you’re looking for a movie that a) Is constantly entertaining, b) Heart warming, c) Packed with good looking stars with unparalleled chemistry, d) Loaded with amazingly shot and choreographed song and dance numbers, and e) Makes you want to watch it again.
Kahaani 2 movie review: Vidya Balan is lovely but Sujoy Ghosh's climax is a let-down
Kahaani 2 begins with a young single mother in Chandan Nagar (Vidya Balan) hanging out with her bedridden daughter. Then one day an abduction followed by another tragic turn of events ruptures their happy, middle-class existence.
Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson and the poetry in the 'everyday': Day Five of IFFI 2016
Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson, starring Adam Driver, was among the highlights of Day Five of IFFi 2016
Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman is an examination of morality, humiliation: IFFI 2016 diary
In Asghar Farhadi’s new film The Salesman, screened at the ongoing IFFI 2016 in Goa, a married couple — Emad and Rana — tries to come to terms with a life-changing tragedy