Mrinal Rajaram

Halloween: Does not hold a candle to the original

Nine films followed the 1978 original, only to give audiences this direct sequel four decades on. It begins with two English podcasters in search of answers to the 1978 massacre in Haddonfield.

27 Oct 2018

'Jalebi' movie review: An ineffective melodrama

What can be said of Jalebi that hasn’t already been said about similar, badly conceived romantic tear-jerkers of the past? It is a remake of the 2016 Bengali film, Praktan, which I have not watched.

18 Oct 2018

Sui Dhaaga: Championing the underdog

Sui Dhaaga is an endearing film that backs and champions the underdog despite the laundry list of obstacles and indignities.

29 Sep 2018

'Mitron' movie review: A hit and a miss kind of film

While the film does fall into predictable terrain for a considerable time of its two-hour plot, it is those parts that work within the confines of its specific social milieu that make it watchable.

21 Sep 2018

'Batti Gul Meter Chalu' movie review: Well-intentioned but poorly executed

Neither Kapoor, despite each other’s desperate attempts to sound and act pahari, comes off even remotely real/natural.

21 Sep 2018

The Stolen Princess review: Great visuals but let down by genre cliches

Based on Pushkin’s age-old fairy tale, Ruslan and Lyudmila, this Ukrainian animated film does decently on some counts but fails miserably on others.

08 Sep 2018

'Alpha' movie review: A gripping tale of survival

A story of ancient European hunting tribes, Alpha is also a detailed study of survival, maturity, leadership, and courage in the most trying of circumstances.

25 Aug 2018

'Mulk' movie review: A serious film for serious times

Mulk is the sort of film that sheds light on all that is wrong with India. 

04 Aug 2018

'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' movie review: Better than its much-hyped predecessor

The second instalment of Mamma Mia! could not have come at a better time, so to speak. 

04 Aug 2018

'Nawabzaade' movie review: A terrible comedy filled with misogyny and sexism

In spite of their long list of questionable choices involving a female character, the three male leads are somehow passed off as good guys.

28 Jul 2018

Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation review: A needless addition to a forced franchise

Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation reunites the old cast and characters, for hopefully, the last film of the franchise (though that seems unlikely).

21 Jul 2018

'Hotel Artemis' movie review: A fairly novel spin to a familiar premise

In a near-future Los Angeles besieged by large-scale rioting and civil war, there is a place that provides a safe haven for dangerous crooks, criminals, and the highly influential.

14 Jul 2018

Sicario: Day of the Soldado movie review: Thoroughly watchable, even if not very novel

Sicario: Day of the Soldado is a thoroughly watchable film, but that said, it suffers from some of the same pitfalls as Part 1, the most important of which is the perpetuation of a racial stereotype.

07 Jul 2018

'Beyond The Clouds' movie review: A poignant tragedy

Beyond The Clouds is a highly character-driven film that operates at three levels, all of which are intertwined with one another.

21 Apr 2018

'October' movie review: A measured, deeply sensitive romantic drama

After the memorable Vicky Donor and the thoroughly endearing Piku, Shoojit Sircar impresses us again in his latest feature.

14 Apr 2018