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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016) The movie, written and directed by Neeraj Pandey, is not hagiographic or overly obvious. Instead, it's something of a quiet muddle, with too many squandered or dramatically blurry scenes. ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 2, 2016
43% Mohenjo Daro (2016) Mr. Roshan, an appealing dancer, works hard to twinkle his way into our affections and make Sarmar something more than a cardboard hero. He can't, but the effort is appreciated. ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 15, 2016
No Score Yet Baaghi (2016) Mostly "Baaghi" is a fight movie, and a slightly dull one at that, overstuffed with boom-boom set pieces. ‐ New York Times
Posted May 2, 2016
No Score Yet Kapoor & Sons - Since 1921 (2016) Even though "Kapoor & Sons" goes from lightly comic to more darkly dramatic to pretty overtly melodramatic, it never loses its lived-in quality or plunges into the absurd. ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 20, 2016
No Score Yet Fitoor (2016) "Fitoor" doesn't get much political resonance out of its Kashmiri setting, though the wintry sadness of the first scenes has power. Nor does it get much resonance out of class differences between Noor and Firdaus. ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 11, 2016
No Score Yet Saala Khadoos (2016) Ms. Kongara seems to know the clichés of fighter movies and is mostly unembarrassed to embrace them. That keeps the film humming along, as does Mr. Madhavan, who grows in stature along with Adi. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 31, 2016
57% Bajirao Mastani (2015) The central pair of defiant lovers are never particularly convincing as convention-busters, nor are they as appealing as the rooms they inhabit or the clothes they wear. ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 17, 2015
No Score Yet Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015) With its full complement of lavishly produced song-and-dance numbers, its filmi heroes and villains, and a two-hour, 40-minute runtime, "Prem" hews closely to the old-style Bollywood formula. ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 16, 2015
100% India's Daughter (2015) "India's Daughter" is a portrait of a place and time. And for all of its horrors, the movie has a positive message, too: Out of tragedy - and this case is just one of many - can come galvanizing change. ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 22, 2015
100% Guilty (Talvar) (2015) Mr. Khan is this movie's best weapon. Playing a familiar character type, the world-weary detective, he gives a performance, full of small, sly details, that doesn't seem familiar at all. ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 5, 2015
No Score Yet Trick of the Light (Die Gebrüder Skladanowsky) (1996) With its light silent comedy, Mr. Wenders's film presents movie history as a meeting of the inventive and the inevitable - a playful lark. ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 17, 2015
60% Paul Taylor Creative Domain (2015) Ms. Geis wisely plants her camera in the rehearsal room, and mostly leaves it there. ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 10, 2015
57% Brothers (2015) As David's trainer tells him: "The world is cruel, master. It laughs at your pain." And it applauds your pain, too, especially the punishing physical kind. It's up to you to keep the tears flowing. ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 14, 2015
50% Bombay Velvet (2015) For much of its first half, Bombay Velvet hums with the kind of energy found in movies by the 1970s American directors Mr. Kashyap seems to admire. (Martin Scorsese is thanked in the head credits.) ‐ New York Times
Posted May 21, 2015
88% Piku (2015) Bhashkor is not your typical Bollywood papa, and "Piku," directed by Shoojit Sircar from a script by Juhi Chaturvedi, isn't a typical Hindi movie. ‐ New York Times
Posted May 7, 2015
90% Dostana (2008) It irreverently normalizes a topic that has been virtually absent from screens in India (where gay sex is still technically illegal), and does so using contemporary Bollywood's best not-so-secret weapon: star power. ‐ New York Times
Posted May 2, 2015
80% Detective Byomkesh Bakshy (2015) "How do middle-class people like us stand up for our country?" Byomkesh asks Ajit. The teasing answer: "We don't. We go to the movies." ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 6, 2015
No Score Yet Around The World In 50 Concerts (2015) These people's stories unfold in surprising ways, as does Ms. Honigmann's documentary, which mostly avoids the formulaic. ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 2, 2015
No Score Yet Hawaizaada (2015) "Hawaizaada" often fails to soar. Mr. Puri works hard, but the strain shows and so do the movie's seams. ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 2, 2015
No Score Yet I (2015) "I" is exuberant and unselfconscious but too cartoonish to engage your emotions. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 14, 2015
93% PK (2014) Mr. Hirani remains an excellent storyteller, weaving his disparate story strands into a convincing, satisfying whole - a rare Bollywood feat. ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 19, 2014
94% She's Beautiful When She's Angry (2014) As filmmaking, "She's Beautiful" is meat and potatoes: It gets the job done without frills. ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 4, 2014
No Score Yet Kill DIL (2014) Mr. Ali's movie has glimmers of reality and even of a social conscience. ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 16, 2014
No Score Yet Getting To The Nutcracker (2014) This is a sympathetic, even sweet, account, but it's too soft. ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 6, 2014
100% Haider (2014) "Haider" may not be the equal of Mr. Bhardwaj's other Shakespeare films, and it may be deficient in the "Hamlet" department, but it certainly gives good Gertrude. ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 2, 2014
57% Finding Fanny (2014) Dimple Kapadia's prosthetic butt is emblematic of Homi Adajania's botched comedy, "Finding Fanny." ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 11, 2014
83% Alumbrones (2014) Short and sweet and limited ... ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 11, 2014
No Score Yet Shaatir (2014) Mr. Deshmukh's setup can be overly fussy - some of the con machinations seem needlessly complicated and hard to follow, or maybe not quite worth following - but his payoff works. ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 8, 2014
No Score Yet Rabindranath Tagore-the Poet of Eternity (2014) Though clearly a labor of love by Mr. Bhattacharya, "Tagore" is mostly clumsy as filmmaking. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 31, 2014
No Score Yet Kick (2014) A star can lift a movie like "Kick," making its silliness sublime. That doesn't happen here. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 27, 2014
0% Humshakals (2014) The director, Sajid Khan, who wrote the script with Robin Bhatt and Akarsh Khurana, seems insulated and unable to tease out the difference between inspiration and indulgence. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 22, 2014
73% A Coffee in Berlin (2014) If "A Coffee in Berlin" has its own kind of formula and a romanticism that reads as both youthful and obscuring, it nevertheless absorbs you and makes you wonder what Mr. Gerster will do next. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 12, 2014
No Score Yet Holiday (2014) The action sequences mostly have tension and punch, even if the movie is old-school long - 2 hours 41 minutes - and the plot doesn't bear too much scrutiny. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 8, 2014
76% Lucky Them (2014) While Ms. Collette grounds Ellie and her emotions in a tough-minded plausibility, she can only hint at what the script fails to deliver: the complexities of a flawed woman's midlife crisis. ‐ New York Times
Posted May 29, 2014
89% For A Woman (2014) An inviting sense of mystery hangs over the events of 1947, Ms. Kurys's origin story. There are some things, she seems to say, that we never fully understand, including the people we are closest to. ‐ New York Times
Posted May 1, 2014
No Score Yet 2 States (2014) "2 States" is an effort to go beyond formula while also embracing formulaic elements, including some nice song-and-dance sequences. The mix isn't right yet. ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 20, 2014
86% The Jewish Cardinal (2014) It holds your interest, even if Jean-Marie remains what he must be to Mr. Cohen: an enticing puzzlement, his faith a mystery. ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 10, 2014
No Score Yet Total Siyapaa (Total Chaos) (2014) If Aman is gradually accepted by the Singhs (and is he?), it seems to be only because they're so distracted by mishaps and gags. ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 9, 2014
No Score Yet Highway (2014) The film can't sustain a tone, wavering between realism and Bollywood hokum. ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 20, 2014
86% Gunday (2014) "Gunday," directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, may be preposterous, but it's rarely dull. And when Mr. Khan and Ms. Chopra are on screen it's something more. It's downright enjoyable. ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 17, 2014
0% Chander Pahar (2014) One reason "Chander Pahar" seems so plodding is that Mr. Mukherjee has a habit of telling us what he doesn't know how to show. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 9, 2014
83% Dhoom 3 (2013) "Dhoom 2" had fun with the mechanics of crime and crime fighting. This movie can't be bothered. ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 22, 2013
No Score Yet Bullett Raja (2013) Mr. Khan can be a subtle actor who uses his body eloquently, though not here. ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 1, 2013
11% Paris Countdown (2013) "Paris Countdown" is a buddy movie with a downbeat heart. ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 7, 2013
3.5/5 No Score Yet Shahid (2013) Mr. Mehta has done something difficult. He has made a film of conviction that's neither plodding nor preachy. ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 21, 2013
3.5/5 No Score Yet Besharam (2013) "Besharam" is frequently crude, but it's also unusually clean in its plotting. And it has a kind of unblushing vitality that is especially strong in the dance numbers ... ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 3, 2013
2/5 No Score Yet Satyagraha (2013) More preachy than stirring; it hits its themes too squarely on the nose and hits them for about an hour too long. ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 3, 2013
3.5/5 No Score Yet El estudiante (The Student) (2013) It's something of a one-note groove, but Mr. Mitre knows how to play it. ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 21, 2013
2/5 60% Chennai Express (2013) The movie chugs along for most of its 2 hours and 20 minutes searching for comedy and characters in a frantically overplotted story. ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 8, 2013
2.5/5 62% Israel: A Home Movie (2013) The images and voices are a mix of the curious, the compassionate, the condescending and worse. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 10, 2013