Hindustan Times

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Rating Title/Year Author
Kaali Khuhi (2020) Rohan Naahar Neither a child in peril nor the involvement of Shabana Azmi is enough to make you feel invested in the thinly written and exhaustingly paced Netflix horror film. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2020
Krishna and His Leela (2020) Haricharan Pudipeddi The film is powered by overall good performances. Siddhu and the leading ladies are good in their respective parts and own their characters with ease. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2020
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Rohan Naahar Tom Cruise risks his life by jumping out of planes and whatnot, but Sacha Baron Cohen does it by infiltrating a white power rally with a bulletproof vest under his dungarees. Just in case. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
On the Rocks (2020) Rohan Naahar Aged not like fine wine but more like Woody Allen's stale leftovers, On the Rocks is a rare Sofia Coppola disappointment. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
Rebecca (2020) Rohan Naahar It's a dazzlingly pretty movie starring dazzlingly pretty people; a Hitchcock remake more suited for the Fifty Shades crowd. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
Serious Men (2020) Rohan Naahar While bigger stars boast about physical transformations and surviving six-month boot camps, Nawaz effortlessly slips into his characters without so much as a change in hairstyle. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Rohan Naahar Now is not the time for nuance, it's the time for films such as The Trial of the Chicago 7 - films that wear their heart, and their humanism, on their sleeves. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
Evil Eye (2020) Rohan Naahar Scariest thing about the new Amazon horror film are the Indian accents. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2020
Vampires vs. The Bronx (2019) Rohan Naahar Given a subdued release on Netflix, the breezy little bear-hug of a movie gives a voice to the working class, and is just as passionate about the perils of gentrification as it is about the art of killing vampires. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
() Soumya Srivastava The film doesn't do justice to Bhumi and Konkona's talents. The defining moments aren't cooked well enough. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2020
Khaali Peeli (2020) Soumya Srivastava A popcorn-muncher straight from the belly of Bollywood, it's a movie that will not ask much of you, and sometimes, that's what we need from our movies. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2020
Enola Holmes (2020) Rohan Naahar While millennials made do with Benedict Cumberbatch's considerably more conspiratorial Sherlock, Enola Holmes, like the teenagers towards whom it is targeted, is more hopeful for the future. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
The Devil All the Time (2020) Rohan Naahar As fluent as the film is in genre conventions, the unrelenting violence and bleak tone might be overwhelming for certain audiences. Especially those who press play expecting a fun romp featuring two Marvel stars, the new Batman, and Elvis' granddaughter. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
#Alive (2020) Rohan Naahar The prosthetics are consistently well-done, the set-pieces are well executed, and even though George A Romero would disapprove of the zombies' lightning reflexes, Max Brooks would be proud of the protagonists' ingenuity. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2020
Cargo (2019) Rohan Naahar Cargo, with its sci-fi take on spirituality, is like Masaan meets Moon. I wish I liked it more. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2020
I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Rohan Naahar It most certainly isn't a societal malady. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2020
() Jyoti Sharma Bawa A jaded and ponderous film that is stuck in the 90s, this Alia Bhatt-Sanjay Dutt-Aditya Roy Kapur film is best avoided. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2020
Chemical Hearts (2020) Rohan Naahar Chemical Hearts is a wonderful throwback to a very specific era in filmmaking, in which romantic movies were defined by navel-gazing soundtracks and dreamy visuals; over-dramatic kids at the opposite ends of the economic spectrum and quirky best friends. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2020
Class of '83 (2020) Rohan Naahar Its characters don't contemplate the morality of their actions; neither do they question the deeds that they have been ordered to carry out. Instead, they revel in the violence, they believe in it. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
The One and Only Ivan (2020) Rohan Naahar The One and Only Ivan might be a little dour for children during quarantine, especially if they're expecting a lighthearted film about talking animals, but it's certainly not as unhealthy as the stuff they normally consume. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2020
Yeh Ballet (2020) Rohan Naahar Yeh Ballet is far too simplistic to be a satisfying examination of modern India and its problems; it glides by on the strength of its warm tone. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2020
Project Power (2020) Rohan Naahar For a film that revisits the frequently explored idea that human beings are working at only a fraction of their full capacity - remember Limitless and Lucy? - it often comes across as being in desperate need of a swift kick in the butt. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2020
Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl (2020) Rohan Naahar Gunjan Saxena doesn't subscribe to the hyper-nationalism that recent Indian war films have so proudly worn on their chest. Instead, director Sharan Sharma has chosen to explore a wholly different, but equally thorny topic: feminism. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2020
Raat Akeli Hai (2020) Rohan Naahar Raat Akeli Hai is more old-school in its approach than Knives Out; perfectly happy to play around with genre conventions without feeling pressured to make any grand statements about class or patriarchy in cow-belt India. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2020
The Kissing Booth 2 (2020) Soumya Srivastava Joey King and Jacob Elordi's Netflix high school rom com cannot really make up its mind what and why it wants to be. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
Dil Bechara (2020) Jyoti Sharma Bawa In Sanjana, Dil Bechara has found a confident actor who keeps Kizie natural and engaging. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
() Rohan Naahar It's is easily the best new film on Zee5's roster. So perhaps now the streamer can stop using deeply deceptive means to promote its own programming, like luring paying audiences onto the platform by using reviews that are really just advertisements. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2020
() Karthik Kumar It feels like Sufiyum Sujatayum takes an easy way out to tell a story of forbidden love. If only writer-director Naranipuzha Shanavas invested more time and effort in exploring greater depths, the film would've left a stronger impact. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2020
The Old Guard (2020) Rohan Naahar I can name a dozen recent action films that are infinitely inferior to The Old Guard, but were made simply because their male directors came cheap and proved themselves to be pushovers. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
Greyhound (2020) Rohan Naahar Despite everything, being anchored on Apple's shores for the rest of eternity is still a favourable outcome for Greyhound. It would have been torpedoed in theatres. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
Honey Boy (2019) Rohan Naahar Written as a therapy exercise by actor Shia LaBeouf, as a part of his rehabilitation program, Honey Boy is an autobiographical tale that has the queasy qualities of a Catholic confession. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2020
Hamilton (2020) Rohan Naahar Miranda's gimmick - if it can even be called that - is to cast actors of colour to play white men (and women) with a history of racism, sexism and xenophobia, and have them communicate in the language of the oppressed: Rap. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
Bulbbul (2020) Rohan Naahar Thinly written but meticulously shot, producer Anushka Sharma's follow-up to the brilliant Paatal Lok is a bit of a letdown. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2020
Bhonsle (2018) Jyoti Sharma Bawa At two hours, Bhonsle flows at its own pace as it takes us to a world that mirrors our own realities... EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2020
Wasp Network (2019) Rohan Naahar Wasp Network, despite Penelope Cruz's Queen Bee performance, doesn't have the necessary sting. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2020
7500 (2019) Rohan Naahar Films like 7500 rarely rely on the audience's emotional investment, but when the turbulence strikes the narrative around the mid-way point, Joseph Gordon-Levitt's performance is what brings the movie home. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2020
() Rohan Naahar Axone is a small film with big ideas, deftly directed and delicately performed. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
Da 5 Bloods (2020) Rohan Naahar Da 5 Bloods is Spike Lee's retort to decades of Hollywood storytelling from a white perspective. He's is snatching the narrative away from the powerful white men in charge of shaping it, and rewriting it - methodically, patiently, and furiously. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2020
Gulabo Sitabo (2020) Jyoti Sharma Bawa Unlike a Piku or even October, the people who inhabit the frame in Gulabo Sitabo live on the fringes of the society; they lie for a few pennies and scrounge and save all their lives. Like the house they inhabit, their lives need a desperate lick of paint. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
Artemis Fowl (2020) Rohan Naahar Clumsily written, incoherently structured and wilfully ignorant of the source novel, Kenneth Branagh's new film is the biggest Disney dud in years. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
The Last Days of American Crime (2020) Rohan Naahar Think of it like The Purge, but extended to a week. Think of it like Minority Report, if it had been directed not by Steven Spielberg, but by the guy who has made two Taken movies. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2020
Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai (2020) Rohan Naahar Retrofitted by director Anurag Kashyap to suit his singular sensibilities, Netflix's Choked is a magic-realist metaphor for clogged dreams, and a striking satire of sycophancy. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2020
The Lovebirds (2020) Rohan Naahar The Lovebirds, now available on Netflix, is a good film, and not in the 'we're in the throes of a pandemic so who cares' sort of way. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2020
Capone (2020) Rohan Naahar It is the ungodly spawn of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Shining - a film whose downward spiral mirrors Capone's own descent into madness. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2020
Mrs. Serial Killer (2020) Rohan Naahar While Jacqueline Fernandez butchers the Hindi language, director Shirish Kunder displays a flagrant disregard for the language of cinema. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2020
Bad Education (2019) Rohan Naahar Bad Education makes you wonder what sort of career Hugh Jackman would've had if he hadn't been cast as Wolverine - almost by chance - 20 years ago. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2020
Extraction (2020) Rohan Naahar Featuring one of the most stunning action scenes in recent memory, Chris Hemsworth's Netflix film, produced by the Russo Brothers, is the bonkers shot of adrenaline that we need right now. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2020
Sergio (2020) Rohan Naahar Whether it's because he's being made to act in a language that he isn't comfortable speaking, or because he simply didn't get proper direction, Wagner Moura's performance in the new Netflix film Sergio can only be described as... strange. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2020
Tigertail (2020) Rohan Naahar At a little over 90 minutes long but with the potential to sustain itself for at least an hour longer, Tigertail feels like something Harvey Weinstein might have cut together in the 90s, against the will of the filmmaker. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2020
Love. Wedding. Repeat (2020) Rohan Naahar By the time Love Wedding Repeat reveals its high-concept set-up, you've either run out of patience at its relative mediocrity, or are too wrapped up in its comedy of errors to care about wonky second-act twists. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2020