The National (UAE)

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Rating Title/Year Author
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
Fighting With My Family (2019) Graham Caygill Fighting with My Family works and is a genuine, feel-good feature. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
4/5 Gully Boy (2019) Kumar Shyam Zoya Akhtar's film features some splendid performances and is an instant classic. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
4/5 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Chris Newbould Alita is a truly immersive experience, drawing the viewer into this masterfully crafted world and dragging them though it at blistering pace. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/5 At Eternity's Gate (2018) Chris Newbould The veteran actor delivers, and more - he certainly warrants his Oscar nomination for Best Actor. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Solar Eclipse: Depth of Darkness (2018) Kumar Shyam The Gandhi Murder is a must-watch film for history buffs, especially for those interested in the Partition of India. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
3/5 Destroyer (2018) Chris Newbould Destroyer offers a refreshingly nuanced take on the old cop on a mission to avenge their slain partner trope, and also offers viewers a chance to see Nicole Kidman as we've never seen her before. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
2.5/5 Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi (2019) Kumar Shyam When talent is matched with mediocrity in a project, talent can only take it so far. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
Fyre (2019) Rupert Hawksley The siren call of social media and the idea of perfection it peddles is far too irresistible. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
2/5 Aurora (2018) Chris Newbould Laranas displays some great technical work, and there's the germ of a good idea here struggling to get out. And they say practice makes perfect. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife (2018) Greg Kennedy A fierce and very pregnant Wong holds forth for an hour on the challenges of breastfeeding, juggling family and career post-pregnancy - and also why all women deserve three years of fully paid maternity leave. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
3/5 Anna and the Apocalypse (2017) Chris Newbould True to its creator's vision, the film comes across very much as what would happen if the entire cast of High School Musical were eaten by zombies. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
Roma (2018) Chris Newbould If Alfonso Cuaron's Roma could be reviewed in one line, it would be this: Give the Oscar out now and save us all staying up late next year. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
Aquaman (2018) Chris Newbould I didn't hate Aquaman, though at close to two-and-a-half hours it was beginning to outstay its welcome when the credits finally rolled. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
3/5 Colette (2018) Chris Newbould The film is an entertaining, unstuffy period piece. It won't leave you stunned. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
3.5/5 2.0 (2018) Kumar Shyam 2.0 is a very clever spectacle not to be missed for its sheer audacity and scale. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
Pihu (1970) Kumar Shyam I'm not one to be lenient to films, but I will say it - this movie is a must-watch. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2018
3/5 Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Chris Newbould Malek offers an utterly compelling performance as the Freddie Mercury we know, but the constraints of the film and that all-important PG-13 rating leave no time for the Freddie Mercury we don't know, and that's what we'd love to have seen more of. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009) Kaleem Aftab The loony shenanigans are such an enjoyable riot that it doesn't matter that the narrative is a confused mess. Just watch out for the gators on the road. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
Amelia (2009) Kaleem Aftab These have to be some of the least exhilarating flight scenes ever committed to film, as Swank looks as if she has been put in a box in a studio and told to imagine that she is up in the air. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
Where the Wild Things Are (2009) Kaleem Aftab The advantage of adapting Maurice Sendak's slim tome is that there is plenty of scope for interpretation; however, for the first time in his career, Jonze comes up short in the imagination department. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009) Kaleem Aftab A film that treads way too carefully around the star and the desire to preserve his image as the consummate entertainer. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009) Kaleem Aftab The madcap nature of the story turns into a lame commentary on corporate commercialism. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
Capitalism: A Love Story (2009) Kaleem Aftab Naturally, Moore also uses the film to promote himself and his view on the world. It's his usual shtick, and occasionally it's too much, but there is no hiding from the fact that it's a fun ride. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
Darbareye Elly (2009) Kaleem Aftab This is a tale of great emotional depth with intriguing philosophical discussions about the nature of despair, the value of individual choice and deception. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
Burma VJ: Reporting From a Closed Country (2008) Kaleem Aftab It's powerful stuff. The story of the uprising is well told and seems balanced. It's also an important film in terms of cinema as it illustrates a major shift in the way documentaries are made. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
The Informant! (2009) Kaleem Aftab The lead character is so impenetrable and treated in such an offhand way that he quickly becomes boring. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
White Material (2009) Kaleem Aftab The film's refusal to assert blame or come up with answers about Africa serves as a lesson to filmmakers. Denis paints a complex picture, one that is beguiling, ambiguous and thought provoking. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
The Shock Doctrine (2009) Kaleem Aftab It's really the bluffer's guide to Klein, useful for those looking for an introduction to the concepts but not much else. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
The Haunting in Connecticut (2009) Kaleem Aftab Cornwell should be commended for trying to tell a horror story using real characters rather than stereotypes. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
Direct Contact (2009) Kaleem Aftab Direct Contact is bad in all the right ways. Despite the action sequences looking like they are modelled on a 1970s TV show, cars spinning in the air, explosions everywhere and ridiculous fight sequences, this romp is surprisingly enjoyable. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
Public Enemies (2009) Kaleem Aftab There is no tension or suspense in the chase. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
I Love You, Beth Cooper (2009) Kaleem Aftab Why Columbus would choose at this stage in his career to make such puerile and uninspiring nonsense is the main dilemma posed by this dud. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
Away We Go (2009) Kaleem Aftab To Mendes's credit, he makes them seem real and vulnerable rather than cloying and self-righteous. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018