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Watch: Critics reveal how they decide how many stars a film should get
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Watch: Critics reveal how they decide how many stars a film should get

In the latest episode of Film Stripped, three film critics debate the merits and demerits of adding star ratings to reviews.

Gravity reignited my passion: Sandra Bullock
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Gravity reignited my passion: Sandra Bullock

Actress Sandra Bullock says starring in new sci-fi thriller Gravity reignited her passion for filmmaking.

Running commentary from a screening of Krrish 3
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Running commentary from a screening of Krrish 3

The latest offering from Rakesh and Hrithik Roshan isn't likely to win any praise from critics, but for all its faults, this film is a giggle fest. Krrish 3 is an original made up of many badly-copied parts, which will make the film unbearable to those who have watched the Hollywood originals.

Phir bhi dil hai Hindustani? Orientalism reigns supreme in Gravity
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Phir bhi dil hai Hindustani? Orientalism reigns supreme in Gravity

The brown guy gets to play a buffoonish fool who sings Mera Joota Hai Japani but we don't even really see his face. George Clooney gets to spout half-baked bits of eastern spiritualism. Gravity happily peddles liberal doses of old-school Orientalism.

10 questions for Abhinav Kashyap, after watching ‘Besharam’
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10 questions for Abhinav Kashyap, after watching ‘Besharam’

Instead of demanding a refund, I'd like to ask you 10 questions and if you can answer them, we’re square. Does that sound like a deal? Awesome! Here we go:

Missed opportunity: Why Chennai Express can't bridge the North-South divide
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Missed opportunity: Why Chennai Express can't bridge the North-South divide

North is north and south is south and never the twain shall meet. Shah Rukh Khan misses a golden opportunity to bridge the north-south divide in Chennai Express.

Retro-watch: The Hindi film that thought of Google Glass before Google
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Retro-watch: The Hindi film that thought of Google Glass before Google

TP Sundaram's Trip to Moon (Chand Par Chadayee) was a science fiction story set mainly in space. Made in 1967, the film starred Dara Singh, Anwar Hussain, Bhagwan, G. Ratna and Padma Khanna.

World War Z: What's the point of a bloodless zombie movie?
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World War Z: What's the point of a bloodless zombie movie?

The point of World War Z the movie is to show us one man — namely Brad Pitt — can save the world. Sadly, that's what makes it boring, especially when compared to the original book.

Dear Karan Johar, do you really think gay men are like this?
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Dear Karan Johar, do you really think gay men are like this?

Critics are gushing over Karan Johar's brave film in the Bombay Talkies and how hard hitting it is. But for gays, rarely shown with any empathy on Bollywood screens, it hits hard in all the wrong places - mostly below the belt.

25 years of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak: Why it's one of Bollywood's best
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25 years of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak: Why it's one of Bollywood's best

Twenty five years ago on this day, Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla invaded Bollywood with Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. Decades on, the film remains one of the best Bollywood has ever seen.

Life imitates art: Kim Jong-Un lives up to Hollywood's bad guy stereotype
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Life imitates art: Kim Jong-Un lives up to Hollywood's bad guy stereotype

Hollywood is on the hunt for a new villain these days. China is too big a market to piss off. Recent films with Chinese villains have turned them into North Koreans instead. Now the real North Korean Supreme Leader seems to be stepping up to his role.

Ladies first: The empty chivalry of Shah Rukh Khan
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Ladies first: The empty chivalry of Shah Rukh Khan

Shah Rukh Khan wants to give his leading ladies top billing in his films. But this pehle aap courtesy is yet another empty gesture of symbolism. Top billing should come because the script demands it. It's not a hand-me-down from the Great Khan.

Paralysed by reverence: Why we don't dare make a Lincoln
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Paralysed by reverence: Why we don't dare make a Lincoln

If they cannot have Lincoln, let them have Vivekananda. A film on Vivekananda releasing around the same time in India as Lincoln shows how we doom our national icons by treating them as statues, not stories.

Critics' verdict: Mehta's Midnight's Children not half as good as Rushdie's book
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Critics' verdict: Mehta's Midnight's Children not half as good as Rushdie's book

Critics across the world seem to agree to the fact that the film rendition of Midnight's Children doesn't measure up to the magic of the book. The screenplay, written by Rushdie himself, is to blame.

Beware Inkaar: How NOT to do a film about sexual harassment
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Beware Inkaar: How NOT to do a film about sexual harassment

If ever there was a worse advertisement for women who’ve broken through the glass ceiling, it is Sudhir Mishra’s Inkaar. It's a sad day when Karan Johar and Abbas-Mustan depict women better than Sudhir Mishra.

A slice of Pi with India a la mode
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A slice of Pi with India a la mode

We like films like Life of Pi because it’s about Incredible India as opposed to Slumdog India but it’s an outsider’s gaze either way. Normal India is lost in the visual splendour of marigold garlands and flickering diyas.

'Thuppakki' Review: cracking the Tamil cinema formula
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'Thuppakki' Review: cracking the Tamil cinema formula

Vijay's films, like Rajnikanth, can feature him in incredibly far fetched roles and this is the case in his latest film 'Thupakki'.

Why I love the new James Bond. Hint: Jason Bourne
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Why I love the new James Bond. Hint: Jason Bourne

The old James Bond was an outdated male archetype that was shallow, macho and fatally smug. Skyfall is an admission of how poorly the old Bond has aged, and in the guise of nostalgia, it reinvents him as the other JB.

Movie Review: 'Cloud Atlas' is long but exhilarating
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Movie Review: 'Cloud Atlas' is long but exhilarating

Cloud Atlas does what so few movies can claim to do these days – it dares. It attempts to go beyond conventional techniques of storytelling and screenplay.

Movie Review: Taken 2 and the 5 rules of making a Hollywood sequel
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Movie Review: Taken 2 and the 5 rules of making a Hollywood sequel

Here are five commandments to making big-budget hit Hollywood film sequel. But where Taken 2 is concerned, plot or no plot, watching Liam Neeson kick butt is always going to be worth it!