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Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/5 The Sky Is Pink (2012) Manjusha Radhakrishnan Clocking in at more than 140 minutes, it feels bloated at certain places. Don't give up on the movie though. The Sky is Pink is a keeper. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
2/5 War (2019) Manjusha Radhakrishnan Unlike its beefed-up heroes, there's no meat in the plot... EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
Prassthanam (2019) Bindu Rai It's equally frustrating to watch a film, knowing the potential it holds, but bad execution and a regressive storyline lead the train to derail even before it leaves the station. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
3.5/5 Section 375 (2019) Manjusha Radhakrishnan While you may not be thrilled at where the film is headed, the right thing to do is to give the searing Section 375 a fair trial. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/5 Dream Girl (2019) Manjusha Radhakrishnan The climax feels bloated. But in all, it's an unthreatening film laced with noble intent. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Bakrid (2019) Mythily Ramachandran This simple story of a man's compassion for his camel wins hearts. Subu's courage and self-confidence is commendable for making a film that does not tick the boxes of a regular formula film. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/5 Mission Mangal (2019) Manjusha Radhakrishnan The women do their bits to perfection. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
2/5 Jabariya Jodi (2019) Manjusha Radhakrishnan Watching Jabariya Jodi is like surviving a bad marriage. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
2/5 Khandaani Shafakhana (2019) Manjusha Radhakrishnan While the message behind this film is laudable, it isn't always exciting. If you are hoping that this movie will end with a big bang, you are mistaken. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
3/5 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Bindu Rai Suspending belief is the name of the game, but really, what else can you expect from a film with Fast & Furious in its title? Sometimes it's just easier to sit back and enjoy the adrenaline fueled ride. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
3.5/5 Judgemental Hai Kya (2019) Manjusha Radhakrishnan JHK is a perfect example of a well-cast film filled with supremely talented actors. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Shyama Krishna Kumar It's a familiar Spider-Man story, told in an entirely fresh way, and it completely works here. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
Unda (2019) Mythily Ramachandran Loaded with good humour, Unda fires shots at the Indian political system and its police department, while entertaining with its slice-of-life moments. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
Thamasha (2019) Mythily Ramachandran Written and directed by debutant Ashraf Hamza, Thamaasha surpasses the original with its seamless narration and is lifted by terrific acting. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
House Owner (2019) Mythily Ramachandran House Owner is a beautiful love story that remains afloat, despite the torrential rains outside and the washing away of memories in Vasu's head. Clearly we don't get such stories any more. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
4/5 Article 15 (2019) Manjusha Radhakrishnan It isn't an easy film to watch. But it would be a disservice if you don't give this thriller a chance. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
3.5/5 Kabir Singh (2019) Manjusha Radhakrishnan Put a ring on Kabir Singh if you are in the mood for watching a love story that's wonderfully wicked and warped. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
2/5 Bharat (2019) Manjusha Radhakrishnan The pulpy Salman Khan epic is overstuffed, painfully dull and meanders on and on EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Shyama Krishna Kumar Full points for spectacle and pizzazz, zero for everything else. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
2/5 PM Narendra Modi (2019) Manjusha Radhakrishnan If you are a Modi fan, then you are likely to savour this sucrose-fuelled biopic. But if you are a movie fan, then this is no riveting cinema and you may even see red in this saffron-hued utopian tale. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
Aladdin (2019) Marwa Hamad Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Naomi Scott as Jasmine -- both relative newcomers -- knocked it out of the park nonetheless. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 De De Pyaar De (2019) Manjusha Radhakrishnan DDPD may not make you wiser in love, but it's a clear indication that loving or losing someone is one gloriously complicated and messy affair. So, take a plunge with DDPD that doesn't scar you in any way. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
Athiran (2019) Mythily Ramachandran Renji Panicker as Nitya's father brings poignant moments. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Shyama Krishna Kumar While Endgame never climbs new comic territory like its predecessors and is more often than not sombre and reflective, it is also narratively unlike any MCU film you've ever seen. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
2.5/5 Kalank (2019) Manjusha Radhakrishnan This love tragedy starts with a bang, whimpers along the way and concludes with some ado. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
Shazam! (2019) Marwa Hamad Thank you, Shazam!, for breaking through our superhero fatigue when we needed it the most. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
Dumbo (2019) Bindu Rai Dumbo 2.0 sets a similar premise to the original, with a few liberties that work in fits and bursts but are largely weighed down by a convoluted narrative. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
To Let (2019) Mythily Ramachandran To-Let is marked with evocative moments, eloquent visuals and standout performances by the lead cast. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
2.5/5 Kesari (2019) Manjusha Radhakrishnan Kesari is a story of undiluted heroism, but too much goodness can get a tad boring. Watch it if you like chest-thumping films about brave soldiers. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
3.5/5 Badla (2019) Manjusha Radhakrishnan While the climax doesn't knock you off your feet, you will still enjoy the blow-by-blow account of how things escalated to a murder and a cover-up. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Shyama Krishna Kumar Larson and Jackson also share easy-going chemistry that sets the general tone of the film quite early on. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
Escape Room (2019) Bindu Rai Robitel does get credit for laying out an impressive set piece acts one and two that make you eager to play this game again. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
2.5/5 Luka Chuppi (2019) Manjusha Radhakrishnan It's a light-hearted film with a scattered, almost fickle, storyline, bolstered by good performances from a sturdy cast. While you may not put a ring on this one, you can definitely live with it for a couple of hours of your life. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
3.5/5 Gully Boy (2019) Manjusha Radhakrishnan Gully Boy is a rhythmic blast with Singh soaring to superlative highs as an actor. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
2/5 2.0 (2018) Manjusha Radhakrishnan The characters seem tin-like with no steely resolve. Watch this at your own peril. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
2.5/5 Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi (2019) Manjusha Radhakrishnan If you are a fan of warrior epic that's solely Ranaut's battlefield, this one is for you. Others can safely duck this nationalism-fuelled saga. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
1.5/5 Zero (2018) Manjusha Radhakrishnan All of that would have been forgiven if the second half of the film didn't venture into the ludicrous territory. Singh qualifying to be a Mars-mule in the US was the proverbial last straw. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2019
3.5/5 Uri: The Surgical Strike (2019) Manjusha Radhakrishnan There's something hugely inspirational about watching a band of brave soldiers take down the bad guys. Give this film a sure shot. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
2.5/5 Simmba (2018) Manjusha Radhakrishnan While Simmba is an ode to Bollywood's 'masala' genre, what it gets wrong is the way in which the film tries to manipulate its viewers. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2019
Varathan (2018) Mythily Ramachandran Backed by excellent performances, stunning visuals and music that complements the narrative, Varathan becomes an intriguing thriller that follows you home. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2018
2.5/5 Kedarnath (2018) Manjusha Radhakrishnan Kedarnath is perfectly stormy and is good for a one-time watch. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Bindu Rai You may argue that The Nutcracker and the Four Realms hardly adopts a realistic approach to teach children life's pivotal lessons, but sometimes this is just what one needs in a time when the world is all but losing its faith in humanity. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
2.5/5 Baazaar (2018) Manjusha Radhakrishnan While the thriller set against the concrete jungle of Mumbai isn't particularly memorable, its lead player Kothari has a longer shelf-life. Watch this solely for Khan. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2018
The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Shyama Krishna Kumar While Redford may look coarse and hardened, the man's still got a twinkle in the eye and an effervescent charisma that will have you swooning before you know it. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2018
3.5/5 Badhaai Ho (2018) Manjusha Radhakrishnan There's lots to love in this sweet and simple film. The lack of cloying melodrama is such a relief, too. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2018
3/5 Helicopter Eela (2018) Manjusha Radhakrishnan While Helicopter Eela won't rock your world, it is a soothing watch. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
A Star Is Born (2018) Marwa Hamad Fused with laugh-out-loud humour, even at the most uncomfortable moments, A Star is Born is driven by a searing authenticity that makes it feel like a biopic. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
'96 (2018) Mythily Ramachandran Kumar's 96 is a classic love story that will be fondly remembered. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
3.5/5 Andhadhun (2018) Manjusha Radhakrishnan You have to hand it to director Raghavan for not giving us perfectly sealed endings. He never wraps things up neatly and allows or expects the viewers to do the crazy math. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2018
The Wife (2017) Bindu Rai The Wife is a bittersweet love story that plays out in the manner of a Shakespearean tragedy in many ways. Whether or not this story is for you is irrelevant when considering the fine acting by the film's lead stars. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2018