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Puzhu movie review: Mammootty’s electrifying portrait of a bigot’s persecution complex eclipses a mishandled climax
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Puzhu movie review: Mammootty’s electrifying portrait of a bigot’s persecution complex eclipses a mishandled climax

Puzhu’s flaws cannot be taken lightly, yet the film is stunning for so many reasons, making Ratheena one of the most significant voices to emerge from Indian cinema in recent years.

The Outfit movie review: Mark Rylance gets stitched up in an ill-fitting chamber drama
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The Outfit movie review: Mark Rylance gets stitched up in an ill-fitting chamber drama

Though The Outfit, is cut from the same cloth as Reservoir Dogs, Graham Moore isn’t as skilled as Quentin Tarantino at generating controlled chaos.

Jayeshbhai Jordaar movie review: No ‘jor’ in this male saviour saga that can’t even capitalise on Ranveer Singh’s loveliness  
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Jayeshbhai Jordaar movie review: No ‘jor’ in this male saviour saga that can’t even capitalise on Ranveer Singh’s loveliness  

Jayeshbhai Jordaar’s good intentions are lost to a poor comprehension of gender politics, lack of focus, a saviour complex and above all, ineffective storytelling.

Don movie review: Sivakarthikeyan's well-intentioned film is bogged down by commercial clichés
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Don movie review: Sivakarthikeyan's well-intentioned film is bogged down by commercial clichés

Don plays with lofty ideals, yet it rarely engages with nuance and only deals with extremes.

Sarkaru Vaari Paata movie review: Other than signaling return of the old Mahesh Babu, this film has little going for it
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Sarkaru Vaari Paata movie review: Other than signaling return of the old Mahesh Babu, this film has little going for it

Sarkaru Vaari Paata reeks of simplistic snobbery associated with any film naive enough to pretend that it can solve a systemic issue in less than thirty minutes as its hero is strong and handsome.

Makal movie review: Meera Jasmine and Jayaram’s warmth keeps this simplistic family saga afloat
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Makal movie review: Meera Jasmine and Jayaram’s warmth keeps this simplistic family saga afloat

Makal struggles despite its endearing cast and the enduring charm of Anthikad’s observational, slice-of-life approach to filmmaking.

CBI 5: The Brain movie review — Scrapes through by riding on nostalgia and Mammootty’s towering presence 
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CBI 5: The Brain movie review — Scrapes through by riding on nostalgia and Mammootty’s towering presence 

Mammootty continues to imbue Iyer with dignity and gravitas, and ultimately, he is CBI 5’s saving grace.

Thar movie review: Anil Kapoor and the atmospherics make it work
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Thar movie review: Anil Kapoor and the atmospherics make it work

Anil Kapoor's quiet charisma and innate appeal keep the film going even when its writing enters shallow waters.

Acharya movie review: Chiranjeevi, Ram Charan, Pooja Hegde film is a masterclass in what not to do in a star vehicle
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Acharya movie review: Chiranjeevi, Ram Charan, Pooja Hegde film is a masterclass in what not to do in a star vehicle

In Acharya, the hero's Naxalism goes only as far as accessorising himself with a red scarf and camouflage. If you are basing a film on the lives of an Adivasi tribe, at least acknowledge their culture, language, and rituals.

Shoebox movie review: In Faraz Ali's debut feature, Prayagraj plays both hero and villain
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Shoebox movie review: In Faraz Ali's debut feature, Prayagraj plays both hero and villain

Faraz Ali makes a stunning debut with his first feature - Shoebox, a film about gentrification, loss and change.

Heropanti 2 movie review: Tiger Shroff, Ahmed Khan's new film makes Baaghi 2 look like a modern classic
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Heropanti 2 movie review: Tiger Shroff, Ahmed Khan's new film makes Baaghi 2 look like a modern classic

The problem with Heropanti 2 is not that it belongs to the genre called Tiger Shroff; the problem is that it is more scattered, illogical, and lazy than Shroff’s earlier films.

Runway 34 movie review: Devgn plays Devgn and Bachchan plays Bachchan in a largely bland, briefly suspenseful thriller 
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Runway 34 movie review: Devgn plays Devgn and Bachchan plays Bachchan in a largely bland, briefly suspenseful thriller 

What keeps Runway 34 flat despite the arresting in-flight crisis is the failure of the writers to inject tension into Narayan’s investigation or to give the storytelling and characters any depth.

Memory movie review: Martin Campbell’s film is more than just a dispensable Liam Neeson revenge thriller
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Memory movie review: Martin Campbell’s film is more than just a dispensable Liam Neeson revenge thriller

Memory thrives on remembering and forgetting at once. It’s not great, but maybe it’s something far more valuable: it’s honest.

Jana Gana Mana movie review: Suraj Venjaramoodu rises above a script that lacks cohesion, clarity, depth, finesse and calm
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Jana Gana Mana movie review: Suraj Venjaramoodu rises above a script that lacks cohesion, clarity, depth, finesse and calm

Jana Gana Mana is undistinctive, notwithstanding its brave throwaway lines and moments that made my liberal heart sit up and take notice.

Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal movie review: Samantha, Nayanthara, Vijay Sethupathi deserved better than a love letter to patriarchy
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Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal movie review: Samantha, Nayanthara, Vijay Sethupathi deserved better than a love letter to patriarchy

Vignesh Shivan's Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal thinks it is making a strong case for polyamory. However, the case the film actually makes is for patriarchy and sexism.

Jersey movie review: Shahid Kapoor's cricket drama is emotionally resonant, but thematically complacent
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Jersey movie review: Shahid Kapoor's cricket drama is emotionally resonant, but thematically complacent

Jersey makes us find great comfort in familiarity. It's honest, but could have also been innovative and intricate.

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent movie review: A smart and sassy riff on the Nicolas Cage syndrome
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The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent movie review: A smart and sassy riff on the Nicolas Cage syndrome

The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent can be described as happily mediocre – but the metaphorical cage of Nicolas Cage elevates its campy genius

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 movie review: Familiar but fun story of heroes and villains, aimed firmly at kids
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Sonic the Hedgehog 2 movie review: Familiar but fun story of heroes and villains, aimed firmly at kids

Sonic 2 doffs its hat to the MCU so often, that every time Sonic uses one of his rings to open a portal, I half-expect Benedict Wong to step out of it.

Operation Romeo movie review: An engaging cautionary tale about fragile masculinity and moral policing
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Operation Romeo movie review: An engaging cautionary tale about fragile masculinity and moral policing

Operation Romeo’s biggest strength lies in its ability to charter the uncomfortable lanes around the themes of justice and morality.