Hindustan Times

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Rating Title/Year Author
Wounds (2019) Rohan Naahar The premise sounds like something a peeved off parent would come up with to get their teenage child to play outdoors more often. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
() Jyoti Sharma Bawa Saif Ali Khan's slow-burning period Western beautifully sets up its period and ambition, only to peter off at the most crucial juncture. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Soumya Srivastava Five years and multiple million dollars hence, Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning's film offers nothing new or even remotely as path-breaking, emotional or magical as its predecessor. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Rashid Irani It's got everything you'd want to see in a dark fairy tale - evil witches, sorcery, and jaw-dropping visual effects. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Downton Abbey (2019) Soumya Srivastava As Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery and the rest of the cast of the hit show return, it leaves us asking if the charm of the English life in the face of unfair class divide was always wholesome entertainment. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Downton Abbey (2019) Rashid Irani Don't expect much of a plot as the Earl of Downton and his loyal retinue prepare to host the royal family. Do expect sumptuous production design and soap opera-style drama. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
The Laundromat (2019) Rohan Naahar It is a sign of my limited imagination, more than any evidence Steven Soderbergh has provided through his filmography, that when I first heard about The Laundromat, I visualised a thrilling exposé of the Panama Papers scandal. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2019
Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Rohan Naahar I wonder how Double Tap's iffy right-wing streak will go down with modern viewers. At one point, in fact, a gun-nut character even yells out, "Thank God for the rednecks!" EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
() Rohan Naahar Brad Anderson can direct films like Fractured - his latest, out on Netflix - in his sleep. So as a fan of his work, it came as a bit of a letdown that the filmmaker appeared to have done just that. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Rohan Naahar Playing out like a two-hour-long post-credits scene, El Camino is an unexpected but not entirely unnecessary new chapter in the Breaking Bad saga. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2019
Diego Maradona (2019) Rashid Irani Over the course of the two-hour film, the camera rarely strays from its subject. We are made privy, albeit only briefly, to Maradona's impoverished childhood in a favela and his controversial 'Hand of God' goal... EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
Gemini Man (2019) Rashid Irani With more emphasis placed on digital de-ageing, Gemini Man lacks a compelling storyline that audiences find engaging. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
Gemini Man (2019) Rohan Naahar To be considered effectively entertaining, Gemini Man needed to be at least 30% better, or at least 20% worse. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
Diego Maradona (2019) Rohan Naahar Asif Kapadia gives football's flashiest figure the true-crime treatment. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
The Sky Is Pink (2012) Monika Rawal Kukreja The Sky Is Pink is a heartwarming story narrated with a balanced mix of emotions. While the performances shine, the story, too, leaves an impact. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
In the Tall Grass (2019) Rohan Naahar Going by the spectacular fashion in which In the Tall Grass derails midway yet cheerfully carries on, I wouldn't be surprised if director Vincenzo Natali shrugged off his (and the film's) problems by smoking some of that fine grass around him. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2019
Joker (2019) Rashid Irani A multi-layered cautionary tale about the perils of living in a divisive, heartless urban jungle, the movie gains momentum midway and descends into a maelstrom of grotesque violence. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
In the Shadow of the Moon (2019) Rohan Naahar The twists in this film aren't as shocking as they are underwhelming. This isn't to say that they are predictable, but that these story beats could have been handled more elegantly. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
War (2019) Monika Rawal Kukreja War, a big spectacle film, is definitely worth a watch for the sheer joy of seeing this dream pair of Hrithik and Tiger on the silver screen. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
Joker (2019) Rohan Naahar I find it ridiculous that the same people who reject the notion of movies being responsible for inciting real-life violence are the ones panicking about Joker inspiring mass shooters. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
Abominable (2019) Rashid Irani Abominable may not reach the Himalayan heights it's aiming for. Yet it is infused with enough fantastical elements to keep viewers in good cheer. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
Hustlers (2019) Rashid Irani A flashy Robin Hood-ish drama of female empowerment, Hustlers is recommended viewing. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
Hustlers (2019) Rohan Naahar Hustlers is a tremendously entertaining film, but it is also deceptively deep, with singles of wisdom slipped under its glittery g-strings. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
The Zoya Factor (2019) Monika Rawal Kukreja Though the central premise of the film is thin, it's the feel good factor that holds your attention. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
Dream Girl (2019) Monika Rawal Kukreja A must-watch mainly for Ayushmann's laudable performance, and of course a heavy dose of laughter to break free from your boring and busy lives. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas (2019) Monika Rawal Kukreja Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas is definitely one of your run-of-the-mill love stories, but it makes you smile, cry, laugh and brings a sense of freshness. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Rohan Naahar Loud, full of hot air, but perversely watchable, Sylvester Stallone's sequel might become Donald Trump's favourite movie. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Ready or Not (2019) Rohan Naahar Funnier than most comedies and scarily thought-provoking when it needs to be, Ready or Not is a sneaky little surprise. It establishes Samara Weaving not only as a scream queen for a new generation, but also, in my opinion, a star. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Ready or Not (2019) Rashid Irani A spectacularly entertaining horror-comedy, Ready Or Not lends renewed lustre to an increasingly disreputable genre. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Section 375 (2019) Monika Rawal Kukreja Section 375 is a well-timed film with the MeToo movement still finding its ground. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Blinded by the Light (2019) Rohan Naahar Javed Khan is not only a beacon for representation - for South Asians and Muslims and immigrants - but also for a different kind of male movie 'hero'. He cries; he runs away from fights; he is a poet and a gentleman. We could do with more like him. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Chhichhore (2019) Monika Rawal Kukreja A must-watch with your college friends, Chhichhore is relatable and relevant. Watch it for its uncomplicated screenplay, gripping narrative and some stellar performances that leave you in stitches. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
It: Chapter Two (2019) Rashid Irani Bill Skarsgard is dreadful rather than dread-inducing. And even scarier than the nearly-three-hour runtime of this frightmare... EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
It: Chapter Two (2019) Rohan Naahar Unbearably long yet brimming with ambition, It Chapter Two is a film that seems constantly at odds with itself EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
2/5 Saaho (2019) Karthik Kumar Prabhas's Saaho is so ambitious in its scale that it almost fools you into believing it's a great film. Unfortunately, it doesn't even come close to being great and just manages to emerge as a decent watch. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
1.5/5 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) Rohan Naahar The film is a testament to the depressing reality that no matter how amazing an original idea might be, Hollywood will always roll its eyes back in ecstasy at the slightest whiff of a franchise, no matter how poorly conceived. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/5 The Kitchen (2019) Rashid Irani Ostensibly a feminist call to empowerment, the film achieves its modest goals thanks primarily to the compelling performances of Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
0.5/5 Angel Has Fallen (2019) Rashid Irani Why is Gerard Butler still making action movies? Why is there one more ...Has Fallen flick? EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
2/5 Angel Has Fallen (2019) Soumya Srivastava This sequel to Gerard Butler's films Olympus Has Fallen and London Has Fallen may be a little more woke but is just as unimaginative and boring as before. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
1/5 The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Rohan Naahar Featherbrained foolishness; spare your kids. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
3/5 Crawl (2019) Rohan Naahar The film's lean and mean plot could easily inspire one of those popular 'Florida Man' headlines, because like most good horror pictures, it begins with an act of blinding stupidity. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
1/5 The Kitchen (2019) Rohan Naahar I'm convinced it exists only because Warner Bros had already invested in erecting '70s era New York sets for their Joker movie. So, 'screw it', they thought, and to maximise returns decided to allow director Andrea Berloff to film during off hours. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
5/5 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Rashid Irani Quentin Tarantino's much-awaited ninth film is everything you'd expect - it's bloodspattered and luminous, meta and movie-loving, and has DiCaprio and Brad Pitt working together for the first time. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
2/5 Mission Mangal (2019) Raja Sen The film becomes a saddening bore. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
2/5 Batla House (2019) Raja Sen There's no true tension, largely because of a mediocre supporting cast who are amateurishly theatrical in both their fear and their laughter. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
3.5/5 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Rohan Naahar Ironically for a film about the movies, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is far less kind to historical figures as it is to fictional characters such as Rick and Cliff. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
1.5/5 Jabariya Jodi (2019) Jyoti Sharma Bawa Like Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra's characters, this film can't make up its mind whether it wants to be a social satire, a love story or a masala entertainer. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
3/5 Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Rashid Irani A colourful animation interlude and the climactic Indiana Jones-style hijinks are also notable. Best of all is an energetic end-credits song-and-dance number. Have a blast. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
4/5 Nerkonda Paarvai (2019) Haricharan Pudipeddi Shraddha is equally praiseworthy as Ajith for being open to accept the role. If accepting such a role is a challenge, pulling off the character would've been even more challenging. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
4/5 Brexit: The Uncivil War (2019) Rohan Naahar Whether or not if any of this is true is beyond me, but there is something distressingly cynical about the story, which is perhaps fitting for the times we live in. Cummings could have chosen either side, but he made a decision, didn't he? EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019