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Kani and Anikha in 'Maa'.
'Maa' Review: An extraordinarily sensitive foray into the life of a middle-class family

Sarjun’s short film, Maa, reminds you that great stories are around us.

29 Jan 2018

A screengrab from 'Churikatte' trailer.
'Churikatte' review: This crime thriller steals the show with its convincing cast

Once in a while comes a film with a perfect mix of clever script, intelligent direction and an effective cast. Churikatte is just that film, of course, flaws do find a place in the blend.

26 Jan 2018

'Kanaka' review: Sees ample presence of Rajkumar; strictly for Vijay fans

Vijay as Kanaka carries the entire film on his shoulders, which has a grand opening, with neatly executed action and punchy dialogues delivered in style.

26 Jan 2018

A screengrab from Mannar Vagaiyara's trailer.
'Mannar Vagaiyara' review: A run-of-the-mill story that’s surprisingly tolerable

So what sets Mannar Vagaiyara apart from the hundreds of village-based emotional family dramas we’ve seen before? Nothing actually.

26 Jan 2018

'Nimir' review: Udhayanidhi Stalin emerges unscathed, the film not so much

With each film, Udhayanidhi Stalin is making himself more and more qualified to provide advice to actors on how to pick scripts to suit their strengths.

26 Jan 2018

'Bhaagamathie' review: A clever end urges you to forget insipid beginnings

I’d have been tempted to call Bhaagamathie clichéd, dull, and utterly uninspired, if it weren’t for its clever end portions, which jolt you from deep slumber.

26 Jan 2018

Ravi Thyagarajan with Udhayanidhi Stalin and Priyadarshan
‘Shah Rukh Khan’s humanitarian acts have often put us to shame’

This weekly column brings to you a promising assistant director, and their aspirations

26 Jan 2018

A still from 'Padmaavat'.
'Padmaavat' review: An embarrassing cultural aesthetic all of us could have done without

For the first time in his long career, a Sanjay Leela Bhansali film comes across as superficial, a mere costume extravaganza.

24 Jan 2018

Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor in a still from 'Padmaavat.'
Padmaavat review: A visual treat sans a soul

Set in the thirteenth century, the poem and the film named after the legendary Rajput queen of Mewar, in actuality is the story of Alauddin Khilji, the Turko-Afghan ruler of the Delhi Sultanate. 

24 Jan 2018

Shikkari Shambu is definitely a watchable flick, only there are no surprises in store.
Shikkari Shambu review: A formula flick with little surprises

Shikkari Shambu is what one would call a quintessential formula flick. It follows atime-tested style, a predictable pattern and simple narrative, which seems so formulaic, that it ends up being a vani

21 Jan 2018

3 Gante 30 Dina 30 Second review: Just to pass your time

Directed by debutant Madhusudhan, 3 Gante, 30 Dina, 30 Second measures the intensity of romance over time.

19 Jan 2018

Raju Kannada Medium : Innocence well captured

A  film about an innocent village boy, Raju Kannada Medium sends an apt message of ‘survival of the fittest’.

19 Jan 2018

Veerathevan review: Loud, boorish and nothing new

Tamil cinema, while continuing to take up different genres in telling interesting stories, still falls back upon staples from time to time.

19 Jan 2018

A tepid end portion puts paid to a fairly intriguing thriller

You think Liam Neeson, you think Taken. Well, at least I do.

19 Jan 2018

A decent drama

Based on journalist Doug Stanton’s non-fiction book, Horse Soldiers, 12 Strong details the exploits of the American Special Forces unit by the name of Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA 595) in Afghani

19 Jan 2018

A murder mystery that tries too hard to  confound

In the very first scene we see ACP Ashwini Dixit (Kay Kay Menon) running aimlessly, rolling over snow, alternating between flat, paved roads and snowy mountainous terrain. Then he arrives at a hotel,

19 Jan 2018

Carbon review: A diamond that sparkles 

How do we find the riches of life? In self-realisation? Or in fighting our fears? Or, is it when we turn the ashes of life to diamonds of success?

19 Jan 2018

'12 Strong' review: Mildly entertaining yet engaging revenge drama 

The movie takes us directly into the battlefield -- where 12 American soldiers set out to wipe out the Al-Qaeda backed Taliban from Afghanistan.

19 Jan 2018

Sanjay Suri in a still from 'My Birthday Song' (YouTube)
'My Birthday Song' review: A skilfully mounted psychological drama

A simple tale that is intelligently narrated where the plot is made complex with an astutely layered, story-telling technique.

19 Jan 2018

A still from 'Vodka Diaries' (Photo | YouTube screen grab)
'Vodka Diaries' review: A Thriller unlike any other

The movie stays true to the path of deception and betrayal that the suspense genre adapts and makes some sharp swings into the unexpected towards the end.

18 Jan 2018

Poster of The Darkest Hour.
'The Darkest Hour' review: Gary Oldman was awaiting all his life to play Winston Churchill's role

The lengthy film has passages of excellence popping up like a clown at a very dull birthday party.

17 Jan 2018