Hindustan Times

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Rating Title/Year Author
2/5 The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Rashid Irani The freshness is gone in this sequel; there's less humour, less flavour, less fun. Recommended only for the ardent lover of cats and dogs, and barely even then. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
2/5 Men in Black: International (2019) Rashid Irani Instead of the sass and sense of surreal surprise that we're used to, we get a new lead pair with no chemistry, a needlessly complex plot, and a bunch of unnecessary special effects. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
1/5 Men in Black: International (2019) Rohan Naahar MiB: International is like going to a famous chef's restaurant, and learning that they died, years ago. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
4/5 I Am Mother (2019) Rohan Naahar The benefits of saving humanity are debatable, but with artificial intelligence capable of birthing children in the future, is there any point in preserving men? EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
3/5 Bharat (2019) Jyoti Sharma Bawa ...earnest and sure-footed, these are some of the best scenes of the film, and you can't help but tear up. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
2/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Rashid Irani Sad to say, Dark Phoenix is barely adequate, even as a summertime diversion. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
1.5/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Rohan Naahar It made me wish for the days of Bryan Singer, and that's unforgivable. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
1.5/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Rashid Irani Flat action sequences and excessive CGI only serve to highlight the lack of a plot. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
1.5/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Jyoti Sharma Bawa If watching cardboard characters flit through an insane narrative as stop-gaps between kaiju havoc is your idea of a fun, then this is your juju. Me, I was ready to follow the actors and scream in terror. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
4/5 Rocketman (2019) Rashid Irani The film traces how a shy piano prodigy named Reginald Dwight became the flamboyant showman, rock star and gay icon. Taron Egerton as Elton is outstanding. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
3.5/5 Rocketman (2019) Soumya Srivastava From the high octane flourish and pomp of his stage persona, to the broken-hearted man who has been told he would never find true love, Taron plays Elton as a star and a human being with equal sincerity. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
2/5 Chopsticks (2018) Rohan Naahar Like the inconvenient cutlery it is named after, there's little reason to try it if there are alternatives to be found. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
3/5 Always Be My Maybe (2019) Rohan Naahar Always Be My Maybe, the latest and best film in Netflix's Summer of Love (2019 edition), is excessively dedicated to the rules of rom-coms, but it is also quietly effective, and empowering in subtle and smart ways. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
4.5/5 The Perfection (2018) Rohan Naahar The Perfection is precisely the sort of gem that gets lost in the interminable glut of mediocrity these days. We will watch what we are told to watch - either by corporations or by algorithms. I am neither. So, please watch The Perfection. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
1.5/5 Aladdin (2019) Rashid Irani Director Guy Ritchie deploys his usual arsenal of flashy effects but adds nothing to the story of the thief with the heart of gold. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
1/5 PM Narendra Modi (2019) Raja Sen This is a monumental ode to hubris. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
3.5/5 Aladdin (2019) Rohan Naahar Despite being one of the most unambitious tentpole films of the year, the live-action Aladdin is - by far - the oddest movie that director Guy Ritchie has ever made. And remember, he once made a rom-com for his ex-wife Madonna. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
2/5 Brightburn (2019) Rohan Naahar If you're looking for films in which a superpowered child grows up to become a moody murderer, you're better off watching Looper, or, heck, even Man of Steel. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
4.5/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Rashid Irani Fasten your seatbelts and get set to savour the all-in-good-fun... EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
0.5/5 The Hustle (2019) Rashid Irani It's bad enough that there are so few original scripts in Hollywood. What's even worse is when this paucity sees filmmakers take a film and make it worse in remake. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
2/5 A Dog's Journey (2019) Rashid Irani Not the most compelling tale, not compellingly told. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
2.5/5 De De Pyaar De (2019) Raja Sen This is a film that pretends to be brave. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
4.5/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Rohan Naahar As hyper-stylised Neo-noir action threequels go, it's damn near a masterpiece - breathtakingly beautiful to look at, mythologically dense, and featuring the best action set pieces since Mission: Impossible - Fallout. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
0.5/5 The Intruder (2019) Rashid Irani If all this sounds familiar, that's probably because it's been done before, and done far better. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
1.5/5 Student of the Year 2 (2019) Raja Sen Irony is in predictably short supply. In this laminated depiction of college life, the boy is capable of all superheroics as the girls cheer him from the sidelines. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 Student of the Year (2012) Anupama Chopra If you have patience and a taste for the overblown, check it out... EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
3.5/5 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Rohan Naahar It cured me of my millennial depression. It also advised me on where to invest my savings and made me a nice dinner. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
2.5/5 UglyDolls (2019) Rashid Irani This straightforward yet affecting story revolves around a community of rejected dolls living in isolation in the unflatteringly named Uglyville. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
1.5/5 A Dog's Way Home (2019) Rashid Irani Predictably, the last act unfolds in full-on heartstrings-tugging mode... EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
1.5/5 Blank (2019) Raja Sen All the bad guys in this film have beards. Sunny Deol does not. He is a good guy, and therefore shortchanged in the facial hair department... Yep, this is that kind of film. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
3/5 Suspiria (2018) Rashid Irani The new Suspiria is about as much fun as being assigned to write a dissertation on the original film - which makes sense, because that's what it is. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
3/5 Suspiria (2018) Rohan Naahar Director Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria remake, has so little to do with the original Dario Argento classic that it might as well drop the title and take its chances with a lawsuit. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
2/5 Kanchana 3 (2019) Karthik Kumar Raghava Lawrence's film is loud, annoying and barely entertaining. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
2.5/5 Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008) Khalid Mohamed Throughout, the direction lacks consistency and plausibility, and leaves questions dangling. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
4/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Rashid Irani t's really long; three hours long. There is a bit too much time travel. But overall it's just the kind of extravaganza you'd expect. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
4.5/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Rohan Naahar Despite being the longest superhero film in history, and the longest film in the MCU, Avengers: Endgame is paced like Quicksilver on crack cocaine. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
4/5 Jersey (2019) Haricharan Pudipeddi Jersey, starring Nani and Shraddha Srinath, plays out at two levels - as sports drama and a tale of a father and son - and works at both levels. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
2.5/5 Kalank (2019) Raja Sen Kalank often feels too much, and I only wish it made me do the same. It is a stunningly plated meal, but needed salt. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
2.5/5 The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Rohan Naahar Until such time as this series starts investing in good scripts, it might as well surrender itself to creepy dolls or slender men or weeping women - whichever seems hungriest at that particular moment. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
4/5 Guava Island (2019) Rohan Naahar Unexpectedly but appropriately, Guava Island is a companion piece to Jordan Peele's recent horror picture, Us - dense with symbolism and metaphor. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
1.5/5 Pet Sematary (2019) Rashid Irani This film squanders the spooky premise of Stephen King's tale, relying instead on cheap scare tactics and a shrill soundtrack. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
2/5 Hellboy (2019) Rashid Irani There are no thrills, no emotional core. Just an excess of subplots and gore. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
1/5 The Tashkent Files (2019) Jyoti Sharma Bawa Political propaganda is not the worst of its sins, alas. A communal speech by Pankaj Tripathi's character is painful to watch; he warns of a certain community poisoning the entire country and attacking India with its army. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
0.5/5 Hellboy (2019) Rohan Naahar May it rot in hell. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
5/5 Free Solo (2018) Rohan Naahar There were times during the film that I feared I was watching something like Werner Herzog's pathbreaking Grizzly Man. But Free Solo has none of that film's nihilism, although Alex Honnold in many ways is a Herzogian hero. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
4/5 Free Solo (2018) Rashid Irani Expect stunning visuals, plenty of drama. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
3.5/5 White Tide: The Legend of Culebra (2018) Rohan Naahar If you knew where a bag worth $2 million was buried, would you go looking for it? That's the moral dilemma that the new Netflix documentary, The Legend of Cocaine Island, throws at you, while it tells the story of the one man who actually did. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
3/5 Majili (2019) Karthik Kumar A complex but beautiful story of love that has its heart in the right place. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
3.5/5 Shazam! (2019) Rashid Irani Shazam! is surprisingly good - as immensely enjoyable, in fact, as Wonder Woman was. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
1.5/5 Romeo Akbar Walter (2019) Raja Sen Romeo Akbar Walter is all dossier, no thrill, and it's a dossier read aloud by Jackie Shroff. Pity, really. No point in pouring a drink so dry it forgets it wanted to be a martini. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019