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Shraddha Kapoor in and as Haseena Parkar. (File Photo)
'Haseena Parkar' review: The Shraddha Kapoor-starrer survives the curse of a clunky lead

Shraddha drags the film down. That it still has the energy and power to propel itself into a frenzy of engaging encounters and conflicts is a measure of the film's writing heft and the director.

22 Sep 2017

Sanjay and Aditi Rao Hydari in Bhoomi
'Bhoomi' review: Sanjay Dutt, Aditi Rao chemistry elevates this rape-and-revenge drama

If Omung Kumar's film holds so well it's because of the father-daughter chemistry, so vivid and vital it nourishes the arid arteries of this done-to-death plot.

22 Sep 2017

A still from the film. (YouTube screengrab)
'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' review: A comic book-esque action-packed film

It tries a little too hard to surpass its predecessor in terms of being an extremely violent and boundlessly inventive spy film.

21 Sep 2017

Rajkummar Rao featured on the poster of 'Newton'.
'Newton' review: An unostentatious but vital exposition on idealism

Rajkummar Rao's Newton Kumar is like that idealist from Hrishikesh Mukherjee's 'Satyakam', grappling with the political irony of a country where a majority is too poor and illiterate to vote.

21 Sep 2017

Subbulakshmi (Saranya), Rani (Bhanupriya), Komatha (Urvashi in top form) and Jyotika as seen in the film.
Magalir Mattum review: A necessary, even if not a terrific film

Every time the film’s getting a tad preachy, a tad dreary, a part of the flashback of Subbulakshmi, Rani and Komatha serves as the the backbone and the life of the film.

16 Sep 2017

Screengrab from the trailer of Bharjari. | Courtesy: Youtube
Dhruva Sarja shines as the Soldier in Bharjari

With his monumental debut with Addhuri in 2012, Dhruva Sarja proved his talent. He is now two movies old, a short journey, and he keeps his promise.

16 Sep 2017

A still from 'BA Pass 2'. (YouTube screengrab)
B.A. Pass 2 review: Staid and fails to engage

Produced by the same producer - who had earlier released the sleazy 'B.A. Pass' in 2013, this film is neither a sequel nor a neo-noir.

15 Sep 2017

Kangana Ranaut in and as 'Simran'. (YouTube screengrab)
Simran review: A feisty Kangana Ranaut canvas

Laced with an abundance of humour, some straight-faced and witty dialogues, Kangana essays Praful Patel with her characteristic panache.

15 Sep 2017

Farhan Akhtar in the first look of Lucknow Central. (Photo | Twitter)
Lucknow Central review: Outstanding study of imprisonment and freedom

Lucknow Central penetrates the politics of prison life without relinquishing the right to engage us in a solid storytelling spree.

14 Sep 2017

Rajahamsa.
Rajahamsa review: Different kind of family drama, a one-time watch

Rajahamsa is a family entertainer at heart, though it does have fresh ideas besides the usual drama and laughter.

09 Sep 2017

From the poster of Kannada movie Ayana.
Ayana review: The movie explores techie life, the Kanglish way

Director Gangadhar Salimath tries to present Bengaluru’s avatar as a start-up capital in more ways than one.

09 Sep 2017

Naga Chaitanya in a still from Yuddham Sharanam.
Yuddham Sharanam review: An uninspiring tale

Telugu audience had been longing to watch different cinema and fortunately, their prayers were answered with a slew of refreshing entertainers like Ghazi, Fidaa, Nene Raju Nene Mantri and Arjun Reddy.

09 Sep 2017

Neruppu da
Neruppu Da review: A fairly fiery affair

Neruppu Da follows the trials and tribulations of five youngsters who strive to become firefighters after they witness the heroic acts of these lifesavers.

09 Sep 2017

Thappu Thanda
Thappu Thanda review: A thrilling second half saves a dour first

The central conceit of the film revolves around the cash-for-votes scheme perpetrated by ex-MLA Karna (Mime Gopi, who aces this effortlessly) to win back his seat.

09 Sep 2017

IT review: Almost a perfect horror film for kids

A little less gore and none of the swearing and I would have quickly billed IT the perfect introduction to horror cinema for kids.

09 Sep 2017

A R Rahman
One Heart review: The music almost makes this concert movie worthwhile

In that part-nasal, part-electronic voice of his that we have come to adore so much, Rahman kicks off his concert film—India’s first ever concert film apparently—by telling us about his first concert.

09 Sep 2017

Daddy
Daddy review: A sober gangster film that has its moment

While it gives the feeling that the whole film is an examination of a character, and the snapshots approach can be rewarding, it also makes the film less engaging at times.

09 Sep 2017

Kathanayagan review: Sporadic laughs don’t really save this dud

Kathanayagan isn’t about its story, as much as it’s about trying desperately, almost beseechingly at times, to make you laugh with any available thread from its non-story.

09 Sep 2017

Logan Lucky
Logan Lucky review: Shades of Soderbergh, still intact

Logan Lucky is not as intriguing as Sex, Lies, and Videotape, or as suave as the Ocean’s Trilogy, or even as gritty as Traffic, but the film has the markings of ‘typical Soderbergh’ pasted all over it

09 Sep 2017

Sameer review: Performances keep narrative afloat

"Sameer" is a cleverly crafted but one-dimensional political drama that involves terrorism - a fictionalised film based on true incidents.

08 Sep 2017

Shreyas Talpade, Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol in a still from 'Poster Boys'.
Poster Boys review: Moderate production values, frothy entertainer

A wafer-thin premise, a frothy plot that becomes tedious after a few minutes, it is the blase writing credited to Bunty Rathore and Paritosh Painter that keeps the momentum of the narrative.

08 Sep 2017