Poulomi Das

Poulomi Das
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T-Meter Title | Year
95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood goes in unbelievable directions that sparkle with inventiveness. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
No Score Yet Uyare (2019) By placing its protagonist in a profession that requires her to be seen, Uyare drives home this crucial point: It's impossible for a survivor to accept themselves if the world around them continues to run away from them. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
70% Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior (2020) Despite the broad strokes that it adopts, Tanhaji is surprisingly fun in the same way as watching your drunk friend make a fool of himself: You enjoy the mess despite yourself. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
86% Chhapaak (2020) Chhapaak earns its flourishes through Gulzar's compassionate gaze, that guarantees that the film doesn't pity Malti or work overtime in demanding sympathy for her. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
33% Ghost Stories (2020) Banerjee manages to hint at the internet shutdown in Kashmir, mob lynchings, and the steady erasure of minorities to pave the way for a Hindu Rashtra under one hour is unquestionably commendable. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
83% Good Newwz (2019) The charms are few and far in between and for the most part, the movie just ends up stretching a one-line joke for far too long. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2019
17% Dabangg 3 (2019) The first few minutes of Dabangg 3 do an incredibly dedicated job of lowering expectations, foreshadowing in a way, the unpardonable daftness that makes up the film's 162-minute runtime. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
50% Mardaani 2 (2019) Mardaani 2 frequently mistakes revenge with punishment and justice with an unchecked display of power. In that sense, it is even more depolorable than boastful the tone-deafness of Rohit Shetty's Simmba. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
86% Rocket Singh - Salesman of the Year (2009) Long before Hindi cinema made a template out of the middle-class, Rocket Singh... offered a distinctive snapshot of the challenges of middle-class employment - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
95% Marriage Story (2019) If Marriage Story succeeds in achieving a rare emotional transparency, it is in large part due to the breathlessly calibrated performances of its two leads. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
42% Pati Patni Aur Woh (2019) The film's dull, repetitive theatrics are derived only from the director playing up stereotypes. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
No Score Yet Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah (2019) Black Mitzvah works as a flawless indictment of this selective amnesia: Tiffany Haddish begins her hour by setting out to justify her talent, but ends it by illustrating why she really doesn't need to keep proving her worth. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) The taut editing and the kinetic cinematography which is intercut with real-life footage guarantee that the film replicates the tensions of the attacks. But without any singular direction, it articulates nothing more. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
96% Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator (2019) Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator is both an accusation and a reminder that we're repeating a pattern. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
8% Marjaavaan (2019) Milap Zaveri's Marjaavaan is yet another pointless outing, based entirely on the idea of finding an excuse for two overgrown man-childs to glare at each other while threatening murder after every five minutes without actually doing anything. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Much of the tenderness that Ford v Ferrari mines out of this precise portrait of emotional volatility is testament to how finely both the actors square off each other. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
82% Bala (2019) Despite its glaring flaws, Amar Kaushik's Bala stands out for packaging its grand ideas in the language of small-town India. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
No Score Yet Drive (2019) No scene or subplot in Drive has any reason to exist, but still, it continues to labour on. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
53% Saand Ki Aankh (2019) On a closer look, these intermittent charms practically cease to exist without its two leads. Saand Ki Aankh's insistence to be painfully crowd-pleasing force Pednekar and Pannu to be perennially on the defensive. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
No Score Yet Made in China (2019) Perhaps the biggest evidence of its inefficiency lies in how Made in China carelessly undermines its actors. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
89% Blinded by the Light (2019) [Gurinder] Chadha makes every scene sing with her tender touches - the gentleness of adulation and the heartfelt intensity of a fan who owes the world to her favourite star. - The Hindu Business Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
72% The Sky Is Pink (2019) When the film's blatant lack of depth - it occasionally feels overstuffed and distracted - threatens to overpower its pleasures, it is redeemed by the effortlessness of the performances. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
89% Diego Maradona (2019) Even though its frenetic, dizzying pace can sometimes feel like it is detrimental to its ambition, Diego Maradona... gets close to questioning whether the responsibility a football legend had... is worth the self-destruction. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
73% War (2019) The film's charm is aided by the fact that both the actors share an electric chemistry and the action set-pieces thrill with their fluid choreography, and occasional ingenuity. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
97% The Lunchbox (2014) It's a terrific metaphor for Mumbai. After all, the city like its inhabitants, is never satiated. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
45% The Zoya Factor (2019) The Zoya Factor feels especially let down by Sharma's insistence to take refuge in crowd-pleasing spoofy filmmaking, which after a while gets too laboured, too on-the-nose, and too silly to even be entertaining. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
No Score Yet Aunty Sudha, Aunty Radha (2019) It's admirable how Chandra tackles urgent themes that are embedded in the layers of the portrait she paints of the gentle, unbreakable bond between two codependent sisters. - The Hindu Business Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
50% Dream Girl (2019) Dream Girl never comes close to doing justice or even giving its own spin to any of these templates, ending up as a jumbled-up outing that says nothing in its greed to say a little bit of everything. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
70% Section 375 (2019) Under the veneer of socially conscious filmmaking, Section 375 instead, reduces both, sexual assault and the Me Too movement into broad stereotypes - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
58% Chhichhore (2019) Nitesh Tiwari's Chhichhore is a pleasant entertainer elevated by the strength of its supporting cast. It's also an unabashed acknowledgement of male failure. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
9% Saaho (2019) It's not like anyone was expecting or demanding Saaho to be intelligent. But the fact that the film isn't even tolerable, is indefensible. The least Saaho could have done is not thwarted its own potential. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
97% American Factory (2019) American Factory gains from its decision to rely on the workers to voice the complexities of labour rights. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Once Upon a Time in Hollywood can't help but become its ending, emanating a sense of incompleteness. But through it all, it remains deeply watchable and its craft, genuinely persuasive. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
57% Mission Mangal (2019) The film's casual sidelining of its actresses stands out, given how it deceives the audience into believing in its feminism while simultaneously making jokes at the expense of its women. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
83% Share (2019) Pippa Bianco deconstructs the unique complexities of modern survivorship with a sobering portrait of just how much it takes to be an assault survivor in an age where the internet doesn't let go of the memory of you. - The Hindu Business Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
No Score Yet Jabariya Jodi (2019) In 2019, there is really no reason that a film like Jabariya Jodi, that suggests forced marriage is a matter of joke, should exist or get backed by a mainstream production house. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
No Score Yet Hum Aapke Hain Koun...! (What Am I to You...!) (1994) It mixes comedy, tragedy, helplessness, and an impending feeling of doom to create an all-consuming investment in a cinematic death. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
64% Judgementall Hai Kya (2019) The casting of Ranaut is nothing short of inspired. It's precisely why it's frustrating to see Judgementall Hai Kya be that film which ignores its engrossing roots in favour of meandering social messaging. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
99% The Tale (2018) By emphasising how little Fox could trust her memory, The Tale forces us to discern that when someone is assaulted, so is their mind - blocking their own memories becomes not only their language, but also their instant cure. - The Hindu Business Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
79% Photograph (2019) In the real world, Miloni [Sanya Malhotra] and Rafi [Nawazuddin Siddiqui] would never get the luxury of a happily-ever-after, which is why witnessing them longing to get away from their isolated existences feels so rewarding. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
76% Pad Man (2018) The film has the emotional heft of sandpaper. - Qrius EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
94% Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota (2019) Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota is at once an affectionate paean to childhood dreams without any filters of practicality as well as a tender tribute to a life spent at the movies. - Qrius EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
90% Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015) What made the film revolutionary wasn't just that it starred an overweight actor essaying its overweight heroine . It was the fact that for the first time, a young heroine completely refused to treat it as an inadequacy. - Qrius EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
58% Padmaavat (2018) No wonder the Rajput Karni Sena is so adamant that no one should ever watch Padmavaat. It is a semi-historical reminder of how bad the Rajputs' track record in battle has been. - Qrius EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
93% Us (2019) As Get Out made evident, [Jordan] Peele can be regarded as an attentive filmmaker with the mind of an anthropologist. Us doesn't just further that reputation, but also cements the expansive scope of his ambitions. - Qrius EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
50% Blackmail (2018) Irrfan khan's blackmail taps something very accurate about the monsters that reside in all of us -- a part that we're happy to deny. All that the film needed, was to be a bit more brutal in the assessment of its evil lead. - Qrius EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
45% Pari (2018) Not only does Pari shy away from drowning itself in the worst horror tropes but it also peppers the film's proceedings and story with quirks, and twists that although not unique, seem at least accomplished. - Qrius EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
55% Hichki (2018) Hichki suffers from the same condition that afflicts most films with a social message: a severe case of good intentions that justifies the lack of risks. - Qrius EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
33% Super 30 (2019) The film's biggest failure is towards its subject: Bahl tells us even less about the genius mind of Anand Kumar, even though Roshan occupies almost every frame of Super 30. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
60% Lootera (2013) It's a rare cinematic outing that exploits the camera and its frames to contextualize the intensity of its storytelling and the restraint of its lead performances, instead of it being the other way round. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019