The National (UAE)

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Rating Title/Year Author
Death to 2020 (2020) Razmig Bedirian It's clear Brooker and Jones are out of their death, grasping at tattered comedic straws in their bid to make light of an awful year that could, quite easily, have been born from their Black Mirror world. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2020
Pinocchio (2019) Razmig Bedirian The film manages to deliver an endearing retelling of a timeless classic. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
2/5 Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (2020) Razmig Bedirian If you're expecting to find out how the surviving characters in the original film are faring in this apocalyptic landscape, you will be disappointed. If you're expecting a stylistically similar film, you will be disappointed. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
4.5/5 Dil Bechara (2020) Aarti Jhurani This short (at least by Bollywood standards at 100 minutes) and sweet story is worth a watch for the myriad characters, including an appearance by Saif Ali Khan. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2020
Tell Me Who I Am (2019) James Mottram Filled to the brim with horror and humanity, it's unforgettable. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2020
Blue Crush 2 (2011) Emily Shardlow If they set out with the intention of referencing every surfing cliché imaginable, then the makers of Blue Crush 2 have certainly succeeded, dude. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2020
Tactical Force (2011) Oliver Good The film manages to be awful on every conceivable level; from its thoroughly unlikeable "heroes" with their inane banter, to its stereotyping of Europeans and its threadbare, televisual style. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2020
The Truth (2019) Razmig Bedirian If you're looking for a unhurried comedy-drama to watch on an early Friday afternoon with some truly exceptional acting, then The Truth certainly fits the bill EDIT
Posted May 1, 2020
Love Aaj Kal (2020) Sonali Kokra Director Imtiaz Ali isn't second time lucky with a reboot of his own 2009 romance film. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2020
3.5/5 Panga (2020) Sonali Kokra Panga can best be described as a collection of small moments - many resonate, some fall flat. And even though Panga doesn't hit all the right notes, it does a successful job of merging Bollywood's two dearly loved themes... EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
1.5/5 Dolittle (2020) Gregory Wakeman Dolittle is an unmitigated disaster. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
2.5/5 Richard Jewell (2019) Gregory Wakeman [Eastwood's] lack of directorial flair and the flimsiness of its finale ultimately means Richard Jewell doesn't make the impact it could and really should have made. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
4.5/5 1917 (2019) Gregory Wakeman Halfway through 1917, Sam Mendes's sublime First World War epic that ingeniously unfolds as if it is one continuous shot, there's a sequence of such audacity and beauty that it is impossible not to be overwhelmed by the cinematic assault. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
4/5 The Two Popes (2019) Kaleem Aftab The Two Popes is the perfect Christmas movie for our doubting times. It is a mix of fact and fiction, comedy and drama, and re-imagines the dramatic resignation of Pope Benedict XVI as an unlikely buddy film. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
4/5 Spies in Disguise (2019) Gregory Wakeman The journey Spies In Disguise takes to get there is definitely unique and exactly why this very weird, surprisingly wonderful and genuinely touching film the whole family can enjoy deserves to be celebrated. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
3/5 Panipat - The Great Betrayal (2019) Kumar Shyam If you keep the history books aside and ignore his flaws, the depiction of the undisputed valour of Marathas such as him is brought up nicely in Panipat. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
2/5 Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Razmig Bedirian While I suppose an if-it's-not-broke-don't-fix-it mindset could be applied to the script, the new Jumanji feels too much like a recycled family-friendly comedy with little to no novelty. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
Knives Out (2019) James Mottram Knives Out is thoroughly watchable entertainment that never lets the social commentary overpower the fun. More a howdunnit than a whodunnit, it'll have you scratching your head and trying to second-guess actions right up until the end. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
Frozen II (2019) Gregory Wakeman While that means Frozen 2 feels a tad unsatisfying immediately after you've watched it, in the long run, these complexities might be for the positive. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
3/5 The Good Liar (2019) Gregory Wakeman The film avoids dullness thanks to its impressive script written by Jeffrey Hatcher. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Charlie's Angels (2019) Gregory Wakeman Balinska's trajectory perfectly embodies the entire experience of watching Charlie's Angels, which, even though it has some obvious shortcomings, ultimately has enough humour, heart and good intentions to make up for them. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Apollo 11 (2019) Gregory Wakeman Miller's patient and eye-opening approach is so illuminating that you're not just captivated by the detail that went into sending the first men to the Moon, but it is also uplifting -- even life-affirming -- to watch these achievements unfold. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
3.5/5 Midway (2019) Kumar Shyam If you're a fan of war films, it's an entertaining watch, with notable performances from Skrein, Quaid, Evans and Harrelson in particular. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
3.5/5 Ujda Chaman (2019) Kumar Shyam Ujda Chaman, with Sunny Singh in the lead, is set in the heart of the polluted Indian capital city of New Delhi, but the film comes like a whiff of fresh air. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
3.5/5 Saand Ki Aankh (2019) Kumar Shyam The powerful dialogue, the heart-wrenching scenes among the female characters and the wonderful depictions of the grandmothers getting to grips with modern life add so much to the film... EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
3/5 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Gregory Wakeman While it has a derivative plot and lacks the genuine thrills... the return of Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor almost single-handedly makes it compelling. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
4/5 Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Razmig Bedirian So how does the sequel manage to stay fresh? By raising the stakes and having the zombies evolve. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
2/5 Laal Kaptaan (2019) Kumar Shyam With a feast of three big movies lined up for release on Diwali, the money saved on going to see Laal Kaptaan may well be better spent watching them instead. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
3/5 The Sky Is Pink (2019) Ben East ... it's still a film that celebrates the incredible effect a thoughtful teenage girl had on her family and the wider world. In that sense, it's a qualified success. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
2/5 War (2019) Sonali Kokra You get roughly 154 minutes of mildly impressive action sequences heavily inspired from the Mission Impossible films, sandwiched between a wafer thin plot that becomes incrementally bizarre as the film inches along... EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
3.5/5 Section 375 (2019) Kumar Shyam Simply put, it is a must-watch. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
Saaho (2019) Kumar Shyam Saaho promised to be a spectacle, and it exceeds expectation. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
Mission Mangal (2019) Sonali Kokra It is impossible not to enjoy a movie like Mission Mangal, given the subject matter it deals with... One only wishes the makers had dialled down the theatrics and allowed the audience to quietly revel in the moment. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
3.5/5 Skin (2018) Chris Newbould With Skin, Bell may have finally found the role that can straddle the divide between indie credibility and commercial success. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
2/5 The Lion King (2019) Chris Newbould The technology may have improved, but the film remains the same. And we've all seen it. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
3.5/5 Super 30 (2019) Kumar Shyam Like any biopic, the cinematic liberty masks some aspects of Anand Kumar, but there is no doubting a noble cause where education for all in India is still a work in progress despite the achievements of many Indians on the global stage. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
4/5 Article 15 (2019) Kumar Shyam Anubhav Sinha's Article 15 is a hard-hitting film that tackles the caste discrimination that is rampant in India - and, as this story shows, fatally so at times. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
2.5/5 Bharat (2019) Kumar Shyam This true and rugged representation of life restores the balance somewhat in this film where logic vanishes into thin air. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
3/5 Red Joan (2018) Chris Newbould Red Joan is thoughtful and entertaining fare. It's not a high point among Dench's many performances, but that's largely by design. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
2/5 The Beach Bum (2019) Chris Newbould Korine likes to provoke, we know that. But by inviting us to look in on a bunch of people we can't stand, having a wild party we're not invited to, he actually alienates his audience. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
1.5/5 Student of the Year 2 (2019) Kumar Shyam The script and the climax make it an overall dud. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
3.5/5 De De Pyaar De (2019) Kumar Shyam It tackles a tough topic, but does so with a sense of humour, and that's why we'd recommend it. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
1/5 The Intruder (2019) Chris Newbould The Intruder is terrible, but in years to come I'm confident it will become a cult classic in the "it's-so-bad-it's-good" pantheon. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Chris Newbould When the set pieces do come, audiences won't be disappointed. The final battle scene is a climax worthy of bringing this monumental 22-film chapter in the MCU to a close. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
2/5 Romeo Akbar Walter (2019) Sonali Kokra Describing Romeo Akbar Walter as a spy thriller would be misleading, because the film offers ridiculously little by way of thrills and chills. Or expressions. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
2.5/5 Kesari (2019) Kumar Shyam The brave and bloody Battle of Sargarhi will remain in the history books, but Kesari is unlikely to join it there. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
4/5 Photograph (2019) Sonali Kokra Ritesh Batra's new film is meant for an audience that can appreciate love that is unhurried. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
2.5/5 Badla (2019) Kumar Shyam Badla is a mystery thriller that is being sold as a tense watch, but in all honesty, the suspense is tepid. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
4/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Chris Newbould There really should be an extra gold medal issued for the way the film successfully brings in the equally topical matter of attitudes to refugees when we were least expecting it. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
3/5 Luka Chuppi (2019) Sonali Kokra Watch Luka Chuppi for a talented cast of actors stuck with a half-baked script working very hard to give you some easy giggles. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019