The Hindu

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Rating Title/Year Author
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Deborah Cornelious The film entirely relies on flash, style and suave action, but Margot Robbie's mesmerizing act as Harley Quinn makes this an entertaining watch... EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
Shikara: A Love Letter From Kashmir (2019) Kennith Rosario The letters fall on deaf years, which is evocative of the bitter truth that, irrespective of time and religion, the conflict in the Valley is always an 'internal matter'. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
Parasite (2019) Namrata Joshi Far from hiding, the film's beguiling charm stokes the deeply dystopian vision of its maker. In Bong's world, despite tokens like a cell phone or pizza dinners, social mobility doesn't quite exist. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
Little Women (2019) Namrata Joshi No wonder Jo and Amy in all their ambiguities are the ones who leave the strongest impression and offer Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh respectively the opportunity to invest in and dig into their characters with relish. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
Panga (2020) Namrata Joshi Kangana Ranaut's latest is all heart and charm, with an emotional wallop at the end... EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2020
Jawaani Jaaneman (2020) Namrata Joshi The most cringing is throwing the "who will look after you when you are old and ill?" question at Jazz and, in turn, the audience. I took that personally... EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2020
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Namrata Joshi A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood might make a certain demographic in America go nostalgic for its slice of lost childhood, but also manages to reach out to the world at large. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
1917 (2019) Namrata Joshi The film dazzles at each step, one encounter and adventure after another shot like a set piece, complete in itself with MacKay's stoic presence adding to the pathos and poignancy. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior (2020) Namrata Joshi A historical that kicks off well, flounders in the middle and then serves some good punches in the climax... EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
Chhapaak (2020) Namrata Joshi Deepika Padukone's performance and Meghna Gulzar's direction ensure that Chhapaak is like a splash that leaves you misty with emotions, if not entirely drenched... EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
Shimla Mirchi (2020) Kennith Rosario This supposedly funny plot is so flat that the most amusing part of the film is meta product placements of Kent water purifiers, which Malini endorses in real life. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
Good Newwz (2019) Namrata Joshi The good thing about Good Newwz then is that it gives [Akshay] Kumar a much needed opportunity to shed the boring nobility, let his hair down and play a normal man next door, one who can be despicable and offensive but perhaps not irredeemably so. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2020
Spies in Disguise (2019) Namrata Joshi There are some nice action set pieces, fights and chases. But the real fun lies in Beckett's "biodynamic concealment" experiment which misfires and turns Sterling into a pigeon, or "flying mouse" as he hatefully calls them. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2020
Ghost Stories (2020) Namrata Joshi Janhvi Kapoor and Surekha Sikri with their quick silver expressions in the fleeting moments, captured up close and personal, are both quite a treat to watch. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2020
Mardaani 2 (2019) Namrata Joshi The film engages with the gender issue in the all too familiar and stereotypical way, barely rising above being a cat-and-mouse thriller... EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
Panipat (2019) Namrata Joshi Gowariker may have taken liberties with history, but doesn't play around with the form. He sticks to the tried and tested, the long and langourous and old-fashioned. However, he is unable to achieve the epic sweep... EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
The Irishman (2019) Namrata Joshi The affecting, ruminative finale and the melancholic last scene leaves a metaphorical door ajar in our hearts, a deep hollow that's hard to fill... EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
Marjaavaan (2019) Namrata Joshi Marjaavaan is loud, overcooked and overdone. Turgid and tedious it just passes you by, without you caring for anyone or anything on the big screen. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
Pagalpanti (2019) Namrata Joshi Every single actor seems to be overly conscious of the fact that she/he is in a comedy so they have to make people laugh somehow. The desperation shows on some... EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
Bala (2019) Kennith Rosario While nailing the finer and linguistic details, Ayushmann Khurrana's latest falls into the old traps of predictable character arcs, shallow 'woke' arguments and didactic climax. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
() Namrata Joshi All the interesting disparate elements in the film don't come together well enough to build it into a compelling whole... EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
The Sky Is Pink (2019) Kennith Rosario It's such a pity that the film has a powerful true story as its source material, yet its sole obsession is to make you either laugh or cry. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
Hustlers (2019) Namrata Joshi Through the peephole of Lorene Scafaria's camera, a world pirouetting on and catering to the male gratification becomes a joyous playground for women's empowerment. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas (2019) Namrata Joshi The film remains bathed in somnolence and insipidness, making even the most ardent admirers bored and stiff. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
The Zoya Factor (2019) Namrata Joshi The ditzy manner of the impeccably clad Sonam Kapoor works only up to a point and becomes pesky when stretched over two hours. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
Section 375 (2019) Kennith Rosario Thriving in grey areas initially, Section 375 ultimately emerges as a deeply disturbing and injudicious film. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Mission Mangal (2019) Namrata Joshi Ultimately it's a consummate Vidya Balan who rises above everything else and, thankfully, makes Mission Mangal all about a good-hearted matriarch instead of a patronising patriarch. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
Jaoon Kahan Bata Ae Dil (2019) Rahul Desai On paper, JKBAD (acronym intact) is just another movie affected by life. But what Keluskar has really created is life, infected by the movies. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
Bakrid (2019) Srinivasa Ramanujam The intentions are clear (and noble too) -Bakrid wants to be a moving tale - but the results are middling. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
Batla House (2019) Namrata Joshi Batla House is a needlessly convoluted and garbled interpretation of the 2008 encounter case which entirely sides with the police. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Deborah Cornelious Quentin Tarantino's nostalgic cinema trip might be long-winded but comes together in a heady climax. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
Jabariya Jodi (2019) Deborah Cornelious Painfully preachy, without an ounce of unpredictability. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Nerkonda Paarvai (2019) Srinivasa Ramanujam This Tamil remake of Pink not only discusses society's collective gaze on women, but also gives us uniformly excellent performances from its lead cast. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Khandaani Shafakhana (2019) Nandini Ramnath Khandaani Shafakhana may have a laudable message at its core, but gets bogged down by it's own overly righteous attempt to "educate." EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Ash Is Purest White (2018) Namrata Joshi An intimate story of romance, betrayal and loss gets framed against the sweeping, epic backdrop of radical, socio-economic changes in China. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Namrata Joshi Eventually it's the trio of Nietzsche-quoting Johnson, deadpan Statham and lightening quick Kirby that holds things in good stead, sparring off and squabbling with each other in just the right measure. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Arjun Patiala (2019) Namrata Joshi Arjun Patiala feels like a Punjabi film masquerading as a Bollywood one. The humour is deliberately rough and rustic and the filmmaking clunky. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Judgemental Hai Kya (2019) Namrata Joshi Some moments turn out unintentionally laughable, and it all ends in a totally convenient and clumsy reveal that we anyhow saw coming. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Namrata Joshi It's the soundtrack and the star voices - both in the English and the Hindi versions - that bring things alive, specially in some throwaway light moments, like a affianced-betrothed wordplay or a hornbill vs woodpecker debate. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
Raatchasi (2019) Srinivasa Ramanujam Raatchasi wants to package tonnes of information and characters in its limited time, and ends up making little impact. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
Gorilla (2019) Srinivasa Ramanujam Gorilla left us feeling a bit like we were caught in the cage that the animal was found in. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
Super 30 (2019) Namrata Joshi A salutary cause and an inspirational story about the triumph of the underdog doesn't necessarily make an engaging film. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Malaal (2019) Namrata Joshi It's not just the love that feels inorganic, there's something sanitised about the larger universe of the film. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
House Owner (2019) Srivathsan Nadadhur Lakshmy Ramakrishnan weaves in a heartwarming tale about love, showing remarkable refinement in terms of her craft. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Deborah Cornelious Unfortunately, this is a major miss in The Conjuring universe. But in typical Hollywood fashion, this won't slow the franchise down: there are already two more films to look forward to. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
Article 15 (2019) Namrata Joshi A compelling film on the journey of its lead Ayan, but it's one of the smaller characters, Nishad, whose tale now needs to be told urgently as an accompanying piece. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
Kabir Singh (2019) Namrata Joshi If this is the great idea of man-woman dynamics, if this is a "hatke" love story, well just tell me another one. End of rant! EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
Game Over (2019) Srivathsan Nadadhur Game Over is a unique, ambitious, unsettling film that is a marvellous achievement in the psychological horror genre. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
Bharat (2019) Namrata Joshi Bharat is way too ponderous and plodding. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Aladdin (2019) Deborah Cornelious Since Disney is determined to continue on the live-action remake warpath, we can only hope they'll do a better job with the upcoming The Lion King. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019