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Rating Title/Year Author
De De Pyaar De (2019) Nandini Ramnath The next time you see Ajay Devgn making eyes as a woman far younger than him, you have every right to be sceptical. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
Student of the Year 2 (2019) Nandini Ramnath The sequel that nobody wanted is neither an improvement over the original nor a downgrade of it. The bar is low to begin with... EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Kalank (2019) Nandini Ramnath The movie retains its hauteur and attention to period haute couture even as it goes off the rails, finally chugging into its destination after leaving broken hearts and unmet ambitions in its wake. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
The Tashkent Files (2019) Nandini Ramnath The rigour that was needed to prove Agnihotri's thesis is missing, and the biliousness of his selective targeting robs The Tashkent Files of its attempt to being an effective conspiracy thriller. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
No Fathers in Kashmir (2019) Udita Jhunjhunwala Sometimes stunning, sometimes stressful and all together sobering view of a situation that [writer-director Ashvin Kumar] seasons with hope. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
Romeo Akbar Walter (2019) Nandini Ramnath The period detail in the production design (by Madhur Madhavan) and the richly textured colour-coded cinematography (by Tapan Basu) further fuel the conceit that something momentous is happening here. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
Notebook (2019) Nandini Ramnath Notebook has an unremarkable lead pair, an underwhelming dull love story... EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
Junglee (2019) Nandini Ramnath The scenes between Jammwal and elephants of various sizes are the best thing about Junglee, after its plea to halt the poaching of the gentle giants. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
Kesari (2019) Nandini Ramnath A movie that should have been about a legendary last stand becomes yet another star vehicle for Akshay Kumar, who is the only character with a back story. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
Badla (2019) Nandini Ramnath The gender swap allows for a meaty role for Amrita Singh, who deftly plays a key character, and her presence, along with that of Tony Luke, work strongly in the movie's favour and helps it along its pretzel-shaped journey. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Sonchiraiya (2019) Nandini Ramnath The movie's reach exceeds its grasp, like the outlaws it follows through the ravines. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
Luka Chuppi (2019) Nandini Ramnath Luka Chuppi isn't quite radical, let alone consistently funny, but the long walk to the altar is far less conservative than it could have been. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
Total Dhamaal (2019) Nandini Ramnath Some of the humour is nicely timed and executed, and Indra Kumar even tucks in a message of environmental conservation (delivered through tamed wild animals). EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
Anandi Gopal (2019) Nandini Ramnath Sameer Vidwans's Anandi Gopal isn't the cracking portrait of a proto-feminist that it needed to have been, but it is always absorbing. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
The Wife (2017) Sanjukta Sharma Glenn Close is the show-stealer of this film, and rightly so EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
Gully Boy (2019) Nandini Ramnath Dreams and reality fuse seamlessly in Gully Boy, Zoya Akhtar's most heartfelt and accomplished movie yet. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (2019) Nandini Ramnath ...a movie that is part rom and part com and never comfortable in either zone. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
Thackeray (2019) Nandini Ramnath In the process of exploring the rise of the demagogue, the film makes his thuggery and rank bigotry seem normal. Thackeray proudly resurrects the Sena's violent campaign... EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi (2019) Nandini Ramnath The Manikarnika production isn't lavish enough to suggest a grand sweep of history, and the focus on its heroine is too narrow to accommodate a larger conversation about the efficacy of Lakshmibai's actions. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
Simmba (2018) Nandini Ramnath Simmba is a watered-down version - more Distemper than Temper. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2019
The Mule (2018) Nandini Ramnath A largely unremarkable film that just happens to star a remarkable actor and director as a remarkable man. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
The Accidental Prime Minister (2019) Nandini Ramnath Although it tries to put on a gossipy, insider tone and create a this-is-how-it-happened feel, The Accidental Prime Minister never evolves into anything more than a broadside against the Gandhi clan. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
Uri: The Surgical Strike (2019) Nandini Ramnath Uri is the more effective - and insidious - of the films. Impressively gritty action sequences bookend moments of sycophancy towards the government. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
Petta (2019) Nandini Ramnath Petta is always on the move, like its hero, and Subbaraj directs the film with a sure hand. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
Viswasam (2019) Archana Nathan From the comic portions to the emotional upheavals, everything in Viswasam is exaggerated and excessive. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
A Private War (2018) Sanjukta Sharma It reminds us about the humanism that drives the life of some war correspondents and the risks they take for the sake of the truth. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
Roma (2018) Sanjukta Sharma Cuaron is masterly in building up a climax without any plot virtuosities or overt stylish broad brushes. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
K.G.F: Chapter 1 (2018) Archana Nathan An over-the-top and prolonged saga that feels like an endless attempt to mine good material where there is none. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
Zero (2018) Nandini Ramnath A movie that probably sounded interesting at the concept stage but ends up being irretrievably outlandish in its execution. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
Mauli (2016) Nandini Ramnath Predictable to a fault, with patches of humour and standard-issue action scenes, the movie coasts along on Vithoba's blessings. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
Ben Is Back (2018) Sanjukta Sharma As a result we get a movie with a strong emotional centre and enough credo to the long-established tradition of Hollywood about Julia Roberts: She can tap into model White American womanhood like no other actor can. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Nandini Ramnath At close to 120 minutes, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse spins far too many webs for its own good, but the witty dialogue, energetic voice work, and eye-popping visuals mostly keep fatigue at bay. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
Kedarnath (2018) Nandini Ramnath Despite the brisk storytelling and nicely braided scenes that give a vivid sense of the locations, Kedarnath never achieves the emotional peak that is a requirement of the disaster movie. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
2.0 (2018) Nandini Ramnath In 2.0, Shankar's ability to marry visual effects with populist melodrama serves him well in some of the sequences, even though the larger message is confused and the screenplay is too sluggish for an action spectacle. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2018
Mohalla Assi (2015) Nandini Ramnath Always dull despite the vibrancy of the city in which it plays out, Mohalla Assi tries to gain an edge by courting controversy. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
Pihu (1970) Nandini Ramnath Pihu forces parents, both real and prospective, to confront one of their worst nightmares - a child left to its own devices in a house filled with dangerous objects. The director makes his little lead actor work very hard to achieve his goal. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Nandini Ramnath In the end, the movie belongs to Freddie Mercury, the Bohemian rhapsodiser of the title, who conquers with his voice from beyond the grave. The movie comes alive every time Mercury's sonorous voice booms out of the screen. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
Boy Erased (2018) Sanjukta Sharma Boy Erased is a significant contribution to the body of American work on the need for inclusion and LGBTQ rights - and not the moral thriller it could also have been. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
Thugs of Hindostan (2018) Nandini Ramnath Amitabh Bachchan lumbers through the movie and looks exhausted from the burden of carrying so much armour and baritone-induced gravitas. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2018
Namaste England (2018) Nandini Ramnath The 135-minute movie is the latest example of Arjun Kapoor's mysterious ability to continue headlining projects. The actor flubs all his scenes, whether romantic or nationalistic. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
5 Weddings (2018) Nandini Ramnath Namrata Singh Gujral's 5 Weddings finds a clever way to weave together rituals with observational comedy...the film is content in its modesty, but it doesn't quite work as an intimate and closely observed drama... EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
Badhaai Ho (2018) Nandini Ramnath Priyamvada fades out of the view as Badhaai Ho chases a different set of expectations. Priyamvada's thoughts barely matter, which is a gaping hole in a movie that pays close attention to each of its characters... EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
First Man (2018) Sanjukta Sharma With First Man, Chazelle is firmly in the tradition of American filmmakers who celebrate American heroism of the past with cleverly and efficiently devised splendour... EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
A Star Is Born (2018) Nandini Ramnath The star who is being born through this film is its actor-director. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
Tumbbad (2018) Sanjukta Sharma For film lovers, the genre-bending is gratifying. It has been a while since a horror film spoke so eloquently about something as primal as greed and remained true to its Indian (Marathi) setting. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
Fryday (Hindi) (1970) Nandini Ramnath The great Govinda steals the show, Varun Sharma holds his own, Brijendra Kala chips in, and the female characters stand around like pieces of furniture...Fryday feels like a play or a low-budget television film at all times... EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
Helicopter Eela (2018) Nandini Ramnath The extended climax is pure schmaltz, but is rousing enough to ensure that Helicopter Eela doesn't crash-land all the way but escapes with significant damage. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
Andhadhun (2018) Nandini Ramnath With a trimmer running length, the movie would have been perfect. Even at its current run-time of 139 minutes, Andhadhun slides into place as smoothly as one of Akash's piano pieces. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2018
Loveyatri (2018) Nandini Ramnath Salman Khan devotees might be persuaded to accept the latest boon from their screen god, but for the unfaithful - and the unforgiving - Loveyatri is a trudge from start to finish. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2018
Village Rockstars (2017) Sanjukta Sharma Rima Das's second feature tackles adolescent aspiration and rural poverty with expertise and beauty. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2018