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Justice League - Movie Review

via reviews http://ift.tt/2AOJf1D 'Justice League'
Cast: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Ezra Miller, J.K. Simmons, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Jesse Eisenberg, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright
Director: Zack Snyder, Joss Whedon
Rating: The signs were all there I guess. Warner Bros India refused to have a show for the critics in India and that was surprising mainly because this was a big film for them and their publicity machinery was not even going all out to promote the so-called happening event of its release in the country.'Justice League' should have been a thundering, excitable romp through fertile imagination- instead, it's a tired almost pyretic attempt at banding together known and unknown heroes from the DC comic book world and getting them to fight a common enemy who is all set to destroy the universe. The immensely entertaining 'Thor: Ragnarok' came before it and the storyline of the two films is similar enough …

Tumhari Sulu Movie Review: Vidya Balan, unsurprisingly, cracks this part

via reviews http://ift.tt/2iY2Oxb 'Tumhari Sulu'
U; Comedy/Drama

Director: Suresh Triveni
Cast: Vidya Balan, Manav Kaul
Rating:
This thoroughly sweet, Mumbai middle-class, slice-of-life film starts off with an unsliced lemon balancing on a spoon as Sulochana, in short Sulu, runs, trying to beat off competition to hit the finishing line, in what's called the spoon-race, whose existence most of us would've forgotten since primary school-much like the sack, or three-legged race.
Vidya Balan in a still from 'Tumhari Sulu'Virar resident Sulu is essentially an enthu-cutlet serial contestant. She enrolls in various neighbourhood type 'saree-tying', 'Lata's sad song' competitions to bring home mixer, grinder, toaster etc. (there's much product placement in this pic).Now I don't know if this is a phenomenon of sorts. But you should carefully observe single-kid families sometimes (I have on occasion), especially when the child is old enough to enga…

My Little Pony - Movie Review

via reviews http://ift.tt/2hYquSm 'My Little Pony'
Cast (Voices): Sia, Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, Tara Strong, Ashleigh Ball, Andrea Libman, Liev Schreiber, Tabitha St. Germain, Cathy Weseluck, Michael Peña, Uzo Aduba, Taye Diggs, Zoe Saldana
Director: Jayson Thiessen
Rating: This movie version of the long-running TV show 'My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic,' a Hasbro property, is a pleasant, completely unchallenging anime that's unlikely to charm anyone. No doubt it's colourful, eye-pleasing and harmless and also hopes to put forward the message of empathy and friendship but the lesson won't go down well even with a kiddie audience.Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy and Rarity embark on an epic journey to save Ponyville from a dark force. Three of Equestria's princesses have already been captured so it's up to the six of them to save their magic and their home.The film version stays true to the TV version in every …

Bad Moms Christmas - Movie Review

via reviews http://ift.tt/2zKa8r9 'Bad Moms Christmas'
A; Comedy

Cast: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Susan Sarandon, Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines, Peter Gallagher
Director: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Rating: 'Bad Moms' was a very bad movie -yet it did surprisingly well at the Box-office and so now we are being subjected to an even worse version of the same thing-a sequel, which has little reason to exist other than purely commercial. Nothing creative about this distastefully slapped together 'Hangover' for women where Mothers and Daughters go all out doing some truly weird things, making us painfully aware that Hollywood has reached the nadir where creative content is concerned.This film has the original three Bad Moms, Amy(Mila Kunis), Kiki(Kirsten Bell) and Carla(Kathryn Hahn) - this time round, claiming under-appreciation and overburden, while rebelling against the challenges and expectations of Christmas. To complicate matters, their respective Moms …

Qarib Qarib Singlle - Movie Review

via reviews http://ift.tt/2hWtGOq Qarib Qarib Singlle
U/A: Romance /Comedy
Director: Tanuja Chandra
Cast: Irrfan Khan, Parvathy
Rating: Frankly, this delightful film carries within it such a charmingly mature, old-world take on love, lust, and romance, that it's hard to believe that its plot effectively hinges on a seemingly shady online dating site that gets a girl (Parvathy) and a guy (Irrfan) to meet in the first place. If anything, Irrfan's dopey-eyed, curly, oily haired, middle-aged Vyogi, in track pants, appears far too creepy to score even a conversation on a first date in a casual coffee shop scene (the double L in this film's title, for lack of an explanation, probably stands for two lattes). His shakl is like a stalker's, the hero himself admits."He's the sort of Hindi-Urdu speaking, endearingly extroverted, 'atrangi', 'dil ka saaf' type 'shayarana' character that takes much getting used to. You can't quite warm up to him inst…

Ittefaq Movie Review: No-nonsense, whodunit Hindi mainstream murder mystery

via reviews http://ift.tt/2lMOrAt 'Ittefaq'
Director: Abhay Chopra
Actors: Akshaye Khanna, Siddharth Malhotra, Sonakshi Sinha
Rating: It'd take a lot of guts to put together a tight-skinned, song-less mainstream film, starring top A-listers, and to top that, begin the picture with a wholly unrelated, trippy, psychedelic, multi-coloured, rotating animation stinging your eyes in a dark hall for almost three minutes at a stretch, even before the frickin’ opening credits have begun to roll! Wait, what was that for? Well, just!
Sonakshi Sinha and Sidharth Malhotra in  a still from the song 'Raat Baki'That, incidentally, was Yash Chopra’s Ittefaq (produced by BR Chopra) from back in 1969, starring Rajesh Khanna (at the peak of his career), no less. This is a fun-fact to bear in mind, for millennials who either unfairly believe Yash Chopra was simply the ‘king of romance’, or that experimentation in popular Hindi cinema began with the late ‘90s brat-pack—Anurag Kashyap, etc—v…

Loving Vincent Movie Review

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U/A; Animation/Biopic
Directors: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman

Cast: Douglas Booth, Aidan Turner, Saoirse Ronan, Chris O'Dowd, Jerome Flynn, Helen McCrory, John Sessions, Eleanor Tomlinson
Rating:There's no doubt that this painstaking exploration of the complicated life and controversial death of one of the world's greatest artists, Vincent Van Gogh, that took more than six years to create -animation composed of 65,000 painted frames made with the help of 125 specially trained painters, is a striking and unique work of visual brilliance. But the story is too wafer thin to be a contender for cinematic ascendancy.This film is inspired by Van Gogh's paintings, his numerous subjects, around 800 personal letters and meticulous research which form the fulcrum of this cinema dissemination of his artistic life. It's an experiment in animation-live action art that is quite awe inspiring to watch. Van Gogh's genius i…

Stranger Things 2 review: Things just got murkier and better

via reviews http://ift.tt/2h25Vaj 'Stranger Things 2'
Rating:Will Stranger Things fall victim to the curse of the second season? That was a question niggling at every fan as Netflix announced the latest season of a show that captured the imagination of many with its first outing. The answer to that is a resounding 'no'.A sci-fi horror show, the first season revolved around the mysterious disappearance of Will Byers (Noah Schnapp). The second season picks up a year after the incident as residents of Hawkins resume their lives, believing that the worst is behind them. They are proved wrong soon as Will brings with him memories of the Upside Down. As Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) resurfaces with her share of mysteries, Jim Hopper (David Harbour) takes up the job of protecting her.A new season brings new faces too. So we have Max (Sadie Sink) - a tomboy who finds like-minded people in Mike (Finn Woldhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) and Lucas (Lucas Sinclair) - and an adorable …

'Thor: Ragnarok' Movie Review

via reviews http://ift.tt/2zQ4y2t 'Thor: Ragnarok'
Director: Taika Waititi
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Mark Ruffalo, Tessa Thompson, Tom Hiddleston, Jaimie Alexander, Anthony Hopkins, Karl Urban
Rating: This third edition in Marvel's 'Thor' franchise is the breeziest and most entertaining so far - mainly because of its tongue-in-cheek expressiveness and over-stepping irreverence towards mythology.The mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth) begins this enterprise by being imprisoned on the other side of the universe, finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest against the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and eventually has to subdue his all-powerful, dark and dangerous sister Hela (Cate Blanchett) who aims to destroy the Asgardian civilization in revenge for her banishment by their father Odin(Anthony Hopkins).Helmed by Taika Waititi, with powerful visuals emanating from cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe's masterful camerawork, this clash-of-wo…

Jia Aur Jia Movie Review: Richa Chadha is a misfit, Kalki Koechlin fails

via reviews http://ift.tt/2y8O74X 'Jia Aur Jia'
U/A: Comedy-drama
Director: Howard Rosemeyer
Cast: Richa Chadha, Kalki Koechlin
Rating: 'Jia Aur Jia' seems promising at the start. It follows two women as they embark on a road trip to Sweden, which proves to be life-changing. They have nothing in common, except their name. They are like chalk and cheese — Jia one, Kalki Koechlin, is outgoing and bratty. She wants to live life to the fullest. Jia two, Richa Chadha, is aloof and depressed, and wishes to end her life. But, the two talented actors fail to pull off this drama due to director Howard Rosemeyer's naivety. The clichés render him incapable of doing justice to the concept, with the film sinking into a morass of boredom.
A still from 'Jia Aur Jia'Assorted scenes are stitched together in this poorly edited outing. When Jia and Jia step out to search for food at midnight, they bump into an Indo-Swedish guy [Arsalan Goni], who pops up from nowhere, and stays ti…

Geostorm Movie Review

via reviews http://ift.tt/2y6RKIp 'Geostorm'
U/A; Action/Sci-fi/Thriller
Director: Dean Devlin

Cast: Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Andy Garcia, Ed Harris
Rating: Hollywood disaster movies are usually very slick and this one gets there quite comfortably but the central idea here is presented in a way that appears totally devoid of smarts. It seems the world has already gravitated towards a space station that has the potential to control the weather patterns on Earth. As claims would have it, it was the unprecedentedly savage series of encounters with natural disasters that set the major countries (including India) of the world to think up this intricate network of satellites, 'Dutch Boy,' to control the Global climate and keep earthlings safe. It's a timely concept, no doubt, coming as it does close on the heels of the series of climate disasters that have been plaguing the real world in recent times.
'Geostorm' posterBut the safety network of satel…

'Laakhon Mein Ek' web show review: Honest effort with effective casting

via reviews http://ift.tt/2xMSDRm 'Laakhon Mein Ek'
Rating: It's a story inspired by true events, says Biswa Kalyan Rath, the conceptualiser of the new Amazon Prime show, Laakhon Mein Ek. A popular name in the comedy circuit, Rath chooses a dark subject for his web outing. The six-episode series revolves around Aakash Gupta, played by Ritvik Sahore of Dangal fame, who nurtures ambitions of being a star and is the happiest when mimicking Amitabh Bachchan. But in a bid to realise his father's dreams, he puts his own away and is sent to a residential coaching institute to prepare for IIT entrance exam.Despite sincere efforts, Aakash finds himself at the bottom of the class, realising all too well that the IITs are not his cup of tea. His friendship with Chudail (Alam Khan) and Bakri (Jay Thakkar) is his only respite. How he adopts sneaky ways to lift his grades, and his impending downfall form the rest of the story. Director Abhishek Sengupta keeps the story and picturisat…

Secret Superstar Movie Review: It's a fantastical, inspirational film

via reviews http://ift.tt/2zff0A7 'Secret Superstar'
U/A; Drama
Director: Advait Chandan
Cast: Zaira Wasim, Meher Vij, Aamir Khan
Rating: 
'Secret Superstar' poster
'Secret Superstar' is, foremost, a fantastical, inspirational film (for teenagers in particular), yet with an uneasy, dark undertone that you constantly find yourself oscillating between emotions -- mainly happy, partly sad -- as the film twists and turns to tell a story that, at the same time, belongs so uniquely to this age (of the celebrity, and new media).Consider, for a sec, that the biggest pop-sensation of our times, the 1994-born Justin Bieber, was first spotted on YouTube in 2008, playing covers at home. By 2009, his debut record had sold platinum (a million plus) -- with seven tracks on the Billboard charts.Or closer home, watch the rose-cheeked kid Zaira Wasim in this film, discovered not too far from the apple orchards in Kashmir. I hear her parents weren't so keen on her acting in movies.…

Victoria and Abdul Movie Review: Ali Fazal fails to match up to Judi Dench

via reviews http://ift.tt/2yefNCd 'Victoria And Abdul'
U/A; Drama
Director: Stephen Frears
Cast: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard, Michael Gambon, Olivia Williams, Adeel Akhtar, Tim Pigott-Smith, Robin Soans, Simon Callow, Ruth McCabe, Julian Wadham, Fenella Woolgar, Deano Bugatti
Rating:
Two decades after playing the redoubtable monarch in 'Mrs Brown,' 82-year-old living legend Dame Judi Dench revisits the role adding magnanimity and soul searching to those wonderful qualities she exhibited earlier on in her acting career.This regal period entreaty has the ageing Queen celebrating her golden jubilee, as the reigning monarch of the British Empire, held in 1887, and to commemorate it two Indians are selected to go to England and present her with the Mohur-ceremonial coin, in the Royal Household. The two, who have been uprooted from their colonized country, have been warned to not look directly at the queen. The older of the two, Mohammed (Adeel Akhtar) is humbly obliging…

The Lego Ninjago Movie - Movie Review

via reviews http://ift.tt/2hSz6ww 'The Lego Ninjago Movie'
U;  Animation, Action, Adventure
Director: Charlie Bean, Bob Logan, Paul Fisher

Cast: Jackie Chan, Dave Franco, Michael Peña, Abbi Jacobson, Fred Armisen, Kumail Nanjiani, Zach Woods, Olivia Munn, Justin Theroux
Rating: This feature-film version of the animated TV series 'Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu' may be a sort of an upgrade but it's not exactly ground-breaking or unique in any way conceivable. It's also nowhere close to matching the smarts of 'The Lego Movie' or even rising up to the average humour level of 'The Lego Batman Movie.'The battle for NINJAGO City is on and young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with secret ninja warriors, led by Master Wu (Jackie Chan), have the bothersome task of defeating the evil warlord Garmadon (Justin Theroux), Lloyd's dad. So it's basically a father against son confrontation.The film credited to three directors (Charlie Bean,…

Judwaa 2 - Movie review

via reviews http://ift.tt/2wnRcZR 'Judwaa 2'
Director: David Dhawan
Cast: Varun Dhawan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Taapsee Pannu
Rating: David Dhawan's films have the same brief – give the audience's brain some downtime. Anything is possible in his world. One of the supporting characters insists the music notes go, Sa Re Ga Ma Amitabh. Big B did Pa, get it? Another one wonders aloud: Are Einstein and Valentine related? Okay, then. There's a passport agent who feels he should deal with Aadhar cards for better business, while another asks: Ab ki baar kiski sarkar? It's okay to be politically incorrect to raise the guffaws. The makers are not looking for logic, nor do they claim to, it's only harmless fun.As Dhawan reboots his Salman Khan-starrer with son Varun two decades later, he relies heavily on the original rather than weaving in some freshness. So, you have the Timid Twin and the Turbulent Twin separated at birth by the villain. One grows up in London, the othe…

Birth of the Dragon: Movie review

via reviews http://ift.tt/2x1Osk8 'Birth of the Dragon'
Director: George Nolfi
Cast: Philip Ng, Billy Magnussen, Yu Xia, Terry Chen, Jingjing Qu, Xing Jin
Rating:'Birth of a Dragon' is a part biopic of Kung-Fu cinema legend Bruce Lee and takes its name from the classic showdown between hitherto unknown Bruce Lee who went up against the Kung-Fu master Wong Jack Man- the battle that really set-off the Lore.As a Bruce Lee fan who grew up watching his onscreen exploits it's a little tough to get involved in this flaky inspirational take that feels nothing like the real deal.Writers Stephen J. Rivele, Christopher Wilkinson along with director George Nolfi fashion a preposterous fantasy that owes its origins to an attempt to please the white skinned audience. So the lead-up to the showdown includes romantic troubles involving a pretty centrefold type looking worried and anxious on the side lines. Thankfully not Lee's gal but their go-between, Steve McKee's (Billy Ma…